MAMMA MIA! Welcomes Dianne Pilkington, Emma Crossley and More in June
With 24 of the 33 cast members changing on Monday 10 June 2013 at the Novello Theatre, this represents the largest cast change the London production of the smash hit musical Mamma Mia! has seen since it first opened at in 1999.
Dianne Pilkington will lead the cast as Donna Sheridan. Her recent West End credits include Master Class at the Vaudeville Theatre,The 39 Steps at the Criterion, and as Glinda in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria for three years. She played Amalia in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of She Loves Me. She also appeared in the Tom Hooper film of LES MISERABLES.
Also joining the cast from 10 June are Jane Milligan as Rosie, Richard Trinder as Sam, Emma Crossley as Sophie Sheridan, Oliver Tilney as Sky, Jessica Daley as Ali, Stephanie Clift as Lisa, Dickie Wood as Pepper and Dan Krikler as Eddie. Kim Ismay will continue as Tanya, and Neil Roberts as Harry Bright and James Gaddas as Bill Austin. At certain performances, the role of Donna Sheridan will continue to be played by Claire Poyzer.
MAMMA MIA! originally opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre on 6 April 1999, before transferring to the Prince of Wales Theatre on 3 June 2004. The musical re-opened at the Novello Theatre on 6 September 2012 and celebrated its third London home with a Gala on 12 September in aid of BBC Children In Need. The show also had the highest ever weekly gross taken in the history of the Novello Theatre (formerly the Strand), for the week ending 3 November 2012, and recently celebrated its 14th birthday in London.
MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer's ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise. To date, it has been seen by more than 54 million people in 38 productions in 14 different languages grossing more than $2 billion at the box office. Mamma Mia! The Movie is the highest grossing musical film and one in four households in the UK has the DVD.
From West End to global phenomenon, the London production of Mamma Mia! has now been seen by more than 1 in 10 of the entire UK population. It is one of only five musicals to have run for more than 10 years both on Broadway and in the West End, and in 2011 it became the first Western musical ever to be staged in Chinese in the People's Republic of China.
With music & lyrics by Benny Andersson & 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 & Bobby Aitken and musical supervision, additional material & arrangements by Martin Koch.