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NEWS: Mamma Mia! heads to Harewood House for an open-air summer season

The musical Mamma Mia! will visit Harewood House in the heart of Yorkshire this summer from 13-30 August 2021 for audiences to enjoy the original stage show in the open air for the first time. Playing 23 performances only with a strictly limited capacity, this will be part of the Mamma Mia! UK and international tour celebrating 22 years since the musical premiered in London in April 1999. It is the only chance to see the show in the UK in 2021 outside of London.

Judy Craymer, creator and producer of Mamma Mia!, said:

‘‘It’s going to be wonderful to experience the original musical literally under the stars in the beautiful grounds of Harewood House.

Mamma Mia! lends itself perfectly to the outdoors and what better way to leave lockdown than to be transported to our sunny Greek idyll. As we look forward to Mamma Mia!’s return to the West End, we can’t wait for you to join us in the open air for the first time ever!”

The cast for Mamma Mia! at Harewood House will include Sara Poyzer (Donna Sheridan), Nicky Swift (Rosie), Helen Anker (Tanya), Richard Standing (Sam Carmichael), Daniel Crowder (Harry Bright) and Jamie Kenna (Bill Austin). Further casting is to be announced.

To date, Mamma Mia! has been seen by over 65 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages. In 2011 it became the first Western musical ever to be staged in Mandarin in the People’s Republic of China. The show became the eighth longest-running show in Broadway history where it played a record-breaking run for 14 years.

With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Mamma Mia! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. The production is designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch.

Since premiering in London’s West End over 21 years ago the hit musical has been turned into two record-breaking movies – Mamma Mia! The Movie and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

from News, Reviews and Features – My Theatre Mates

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