The Information on: Mamma Mia!

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What's the Name of the Game?

Unless you're William Hague, you'll know it's the musical Bjorn Ulvaeus has been endlessly promoting for the past three months - a smorgasbord of the greatest hits of Abba (below), seasoned with the story of a young girl's quest to establish the true identity of her father on the eve of her wedding in Greece. The show's opening neatly coincides with the 25th anniversary of that heady night back in 1974 when Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton.

Knowing Me, Knowing Who?

In her first musical, Phyllida Lloyd directs Lisa Stokke - making her West End debut as bride-to-be Sophie - alongside Louise Plowright, Hilton McRae and Siobhan McCarthy. Design is by Mark Thompson.

So We Say...

"Ridiculously enjoyable... Phyllida Lloyd's handsome production provides a terrific mood of airborne silliness" Paul Taylor, The Independent. "Catherine Johnson's book for Mamma Mia! is rather like a jigsaw puzzle whose pieces do not fit together... audiences are left to fall back upon the songs, greeting them like long-lost friends with whom they craved to sing along" Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard. "Catchy, enjoyable, melodic, but overall a bit bland" Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Take A Chance...

At the Prince Edward Theatre, London W1 (0171-447 5400)

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