What to expect from Mamma Mia! The Party in London

By | Posted on 20-Sep-2019

What to expect from Mamma Mia! The Party in London

You’ve seen Mamma Mia at the Novello Theatre. You’ve watched the films time and time again. Now, get ready for the biggest party that the capital has to offer at Mamma Mia! The Party.

First performed in Stockholm in 2016, Mamma Mia! The Party makes its way to London for the first time, now at The O2. Set in a Greek taverna on the island of Skopelos, the filming location of the first Mamma Mia film, meet restaurant owner Nikos, his wife Kate and their children as you eat at their taverna in an immersive theatrical and dining experience rolling a four-course meal, an energetic show and ABBA disco all in one. Offering an ABBA-themed extravaganza, what can audiences expect from London’s latest slice of Greek paradise where audiences can dance, jive and definitely have the time of their life…

Mamma Mia! The Party in London

Your first steps into Mamma Mia! The Party

Before stepping foot into Mamma Mia! The Party, you’ll check in with a waiter upon arrival who will inform you of individually assigned table number and seat. After checking in, you’ll be able to hand large bags into a cloakroom before walking into the purpose-built Greek taverna for the first time.

Your first steps into Niko’s taverna will take your breath away. With flowers lit up around the three-levelled courtyard and tantalising mezze platters already laid on the tables, you’ll forget you’re at The O2 in this Grecian paradise.

Upon arrival, you’ll be given a welcome drink and shown to your table by a friendly waiter who’ll provide table service throughout the evening’s entertainment. Mingle with your fellow guests and soak up the unique atmosphere that this immersive experience has to offer – once the entertainment has begun, you’ll wish you could stay on the island forever.

What happens in Mamma Mia! The Party?

As the waiters slowly pick up their guitars and the lights dim, get ready for the party to step up a notch! Leading the proceedings are Nikos and his British wife Kate, a married couple who own a Greek taverna on the island of Skopelos.

Running the restaurant with the help of their friends and family, join Nikos and Kate throughout an action-packed night at the taverna, making sure it’s a smooth-running evening, especially when the chef Debbie causes mischief.

Diners can also follow the Romeo and Juliet inspired story of Adam and Konstantina, an Englishman and a Greek woman whose love is questioned as a result of their different nationalities. With the blessing of ‘Grandma’, will if they’ll be able to stay together?

In the final section of the show, get ready to become a “Dancing Queen” as the tables in the courtyard are cleared to make way for a dancefloor, where ABBA music is played all night long.

Can diners get involved in the show?

Unlike most productions in London, you’ll be able to get involved from the offset, singing along to a soundtrack of ABBA music, including ‘Waterloo’, ‘Money Money Money’ and ‘Take a Chance on Me’, as well as a catalogue of hits not performed in the stage production or the films. With diners and performers often interacting with each other throughout the whole experience, you’ll leave feeling part of Niko’s taverna family.

Where can I sit at Mamma Mia! The Party?

When booking your tickets for Mamma Mia! The Party, you’ll be able to select your seating from a choice of three types.

Premium: Best seats
Band A: Excellent seats, in the heart of the action
Band B: Great seats overlooking the courtyard

Individual tables and seats are assigned upon arrival, but all seats at Niko’s tavern offer diners the chance to be close to the action, with scenes unfolding around each table, making sure each diner is at the heart of the story.

Tables are reserved in the order of receipt of booking. Group bookings will be seated together, with smaller groups or couples seated on tables of up to 8. Large tables seat up to 10 people.

Who stars in the show?

Mamma Mia! The Party stars Fed Zanni as Nikos, the Greek taverna owner who welcomes each diner to his restaurant with open arms. He’s previously starred in the European Tour of The 12 Tenors and Pancho in a West End revival of The Night of the Iguana.

Steph Parry joins as Kate, Nikos’ wife. No stranger to ABBA’s music, she’s played Donna in Mamma Mia at the Novello Theatre. Did you know that Parry once saved the day at Mamma Mia? When Caroline Deverill was forced offstage in a performance in 2018, Parry was called from 42nd Street to star in the ABBA musical as Donna 5 years after playing the role!

Joanna Monro plays Debbie, a friendly chef who is good friends with Kate. Monro has also performed in the West End production of Mamma Mia as Rosie.

Young lovers Adam and Konstantina are played by AJ Bentley and Julia Imbach respectively. Bentley made his West End debut as one of the band members in The Band in 2018, while Imbach has previously starred in The Little Princess at the Southbank Centre.

The cast is completed by Elin König Andersson, Kimberly Powell, Pauline Stringer, Gregor Stewart,  Linda John-Pierre, Allie Ho Chee, Oscar Balmaseda, Jonathon Bentley, Molly Cleere, Jessica Spalis, Dawn Spence, and Matt Wesley, with live music by John Donovan, Luke Higgins, Mark Pusey, Kathryn Tindall, Steve Rushton, and Mark Pusey.

What’s the menu at Mamma Mia! The Party?

Sample the traditional food of Greece throughout a four-course menu at Mamma Mia! The Party. From a complimentary shot of ouzo upon arrival to mezze platters, dine on a feast of exotic Mediterranean cuisine that’s bursting with flavour.

A selection of starters include charred octopus, spanakopita and a traditional Greek salad, with succulent meat dishes including lamb kleftiko and beef flank for your main course.

Alternative menus are available for diners with specific dietary requirements, allergies and intolerances. Find the menu here.

Who wrote Mamma Mia The Party?

Mamma Mia! The Party was originally written by ABBA member Björn Ulvaeus, joined by Calle Norlén and Roine Söderlundh.

The storyline has been adapted for the London production by Sandi Toksvig, a British-Danish writer whose theatre writing credits include Bully Boy, with the play’s London transfer launching the debut season of St James Theatre (now The Other Palace) in September 2012.

Listen to the Mamma Mia! The Party soundtrack here.

How long does the performance last?

The production has a running time of four hours, beginning at 6:30pm on Tuesday – Sunday evenings and midday on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, but say “Thank You For The Music” and the party can continue into the night…

Where is Mamma Mia! The Party?

Mamma Mia! The Party is at The O2, located in Greenwich (SE10 0DX). If you’re travelling by London Underground, the closest train station is North Greenwich which serves the Jubilee Line and is just outside the arena.

Mamma Mia! The Party is currently at the The O2 to 16 February 2020, so don’t miss out on the action and book your tickets now.