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Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool

The MAMMA MIA! International Tour opened in Liverpool earlier this week - check out photos below!

Sara Poyzer will play Donna Sheridan, with Shobna Gulati as Tanya and Sue Devaney as Rosie, when the MAMMA MIA! International Tour comes to Liverpool in 2015. Sara has also played Donna in the West End production of MAMMA MIA! and her other West End roles include Janet in Rutherford & Son, Emilia in Othello and Mam in Billy Elliot. Shobna's many television roles include Sunita Alahan in Coronation Street, Anita in Victoria Wood's award-winning BBC seriesDinnerladies, Nisha Clayton in the last ever series of Where the Heart is for ITV, and, most recently, Fiona in Kay Mellor's new BBC series In the Club. Sue's television roles include Jane in Dinnerladies, Liz Harker for four years in Casualty,Rita for three years in Jonny Briggs and Debbie Webster for two years in Coronation Street.

The cast for Liverpool will also star Sara Poyzer's real-life husband, Richard Standing as Sam Carmichael, Michael Beckley as Bill Austin, Mark Jardine as Harry Bright, Niamh Perry as Sophie Sheridan, Justin Thomas as Sky, Daniella Bowen as Ali, Tara Young as Lisa, Alex Simmons as Pepper and Charlie Stemp as Eddie. The role of Donna will be played at certain performances by Francesca Ellis.

Also in the cast will be Michael Anthony, Holly Ashton, Charlotte Bradford, Devon-Elise Johnson, Matt Kennedy, Gemma Lawson, Scott Mobley, Dean Read, Matthew Ronchetti, Ellie Rutherford, Parisa Shahmir, Katy Stedder, Rhodri Watkins, Tom Stanford-Wheatley, Simon Wilmont, Sarah Wilkie and Jamie Wilkin.

The MAMMA MIA! International Tour is currently playing in Hong Kong, followed by Singapore, Malaysia and Dubai, and will then take a break before re-opening in Liverpool, performing for the first time ever at the Liverpool Empire from Friday 20 February to Saturday 14 March. Liverpool will be the only UK mainland date outside of London to host the production in 2015. There will be a Gala Performance at the Liverpool Empire on Tuesday 24 February at 7.30pm.

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 39 productions in 14 different languages. MAMMA MIA! The Movie is the highest worldwide grossing live-action musical film of all time and one in four households in the UK has the DVD, which is now Amazon UK's biggest selling DVD ever.

With music & lyrics by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed byPhyllida 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.

Photos by Bryan Slater

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Cast

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Cast

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Cast

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Terri Dwyer

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Sue Devaney, Sara Poyzer, Shobna Gulati

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Sue Devaney, Sara Poyzer, Shobna Gulati

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Sue Devaney, Shobna Gulati

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Sue Devaney, Sara Poyzer, Shobna Gulati

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Sue Devaney, Sara Poyzer, Shobna Gulati

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Sue Devaney, Sara Poyzer, Shobna Gulati

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Sue Devaney, Sara Poyzer, Shobna Gulati

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Shobna Gulati

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Sara Poyzer

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Sara Poyzer

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Sara Poyzer, Richard Standing

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Niamh Perry

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Neil Fitzmaurice

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Michael Stark & Guests

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Marcus Collins

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Marcus Collins & Guest

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Graham Stuart, Ian Snowdon

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Katie McGlynn

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Justin Thomas

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Justin Thomas, Niamh Perry

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Jennifer Ellison, Sam Dennis, Alea Simpson, Eleiyah Navisat

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Jennifer Ellison

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Craig Phillips

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Craig Phillips & Guest

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Colson Smith

Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! International Tour Opens in Liverpool
Claire Simonsen


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