5* REVIEW Mamma Mia The Party

REVIEW Mamma Mia The Party…

Mamma Mia! The Party is a four hour hoot currently playing in Stockholm next to the ABBA museum. It arrives in London at the O2 this summer.

This is a unique experience. It’s a three course meal with non-stop entertainment – part play / part musical – concluding with an ABBA-mania party!

The food was truly delicious & surprisingly of restaurant standard. The room is completely immersive and the show is unbearably joyous and uplifting! You won’t be able to resist the dance floor by the end.

This night out is expensive costing between £100-£150 a ticket, both in London and Stockholm. As a one off treat – I think it is worth every penny…


Enjoy our HD Video highlights recorded at Mamma Mia! The Party in Stockholm:

The night begins in line queuing through the film set-esk Taverna. There’s unplugged live music from the band to get you in the mood.

Once checked in you’re given a complimentary drink of Ouzo and then you take your table.

The first thing that blows you away is the scale of the room. It’s like the movie. You are at Niko’s. Stunning on every level. The lighting is quite remarkable – the venue is utterly immersive.

You’re greeted with a meze of deliciousness including olives, bread & humus. A perfect amuse bouche to set the mood for our party night out in Greece.

What’s interesting about this original production in Stockholm is that the music is less familiar than the musical in the West End.

What this show proves is the prolific brilliance of Benny & Bjorn’s songbook. Why aren’t these songs given airplay today?

There’s much more to ABBA than Dancing Queen and this show celebrates that magnificently.

You should be warned this is a community event and it is interactive. You may well find yourself on a table with people you don’t know….and have to share your / their food! That’s how they do it at Nikos.

Also, the cast come among you – regularly! This is not a theatre, it’s immersive live entertainment.

Finally on the warnings – you do not get a menu. You get what you’re given. Obviously they take care of vegetarians etc but this isn’t a restaurant or buffet.

I genuinely wonder if this food is too ‘clever’ and classy for the London & Vegas crowd. The audience tonight were impeccably behaved. With the Ouzo pouring at the O2 – I wonder if this will be the same?

Tonight the food was exceptional and authentic….I’m sure this won’t be to ever ABBA fans taste though…

What’s most glorious about this concept is that it is totally immersive and completely interactive.

The script, like the musical, is somewhat cosy / cheesy but the live band & sound system drive this show like a HGV. They rock the room. The talent is brilliant – that’s a given.

By the end of the show Mamma Mia! is truly a party. Such joy in the room!

Here’s our HD Video review via YouTube:

The show itself is beautifully crafted. It begins with as a play and gets bigger & bigger and louder and louder as the night progresses.

Staged in four parts, by dessert you’re bound to be out of your seat jumping with joy at the pure electric energy in the room.

All of the actors / singers work incredibly hard to fill every inch of this huge space. Especially in Act 3 there are some truly beautiful moments. Theatrically it’s remarkably produced and often surprising. A true joy to watch.

Akin to Cirque Du Soleil, the show never starts or ends. Be prepared for ‘things’ to happen at any time in front, behind or even right next to you!

Compliments to the entire team. From check-in to the servers – everyone seemed to love being there.

I suspect most of the waiters are theatre people as everything is a performance at Mamma Mia! The Party. There’s a thin line between the show and the room which makes it even more glorious.

The timing of the food and show was extra-ordinary. What planning and rehearsal!

I cannot imagine anyone not being swept away by this event. It’s totally unique and done on a scale only ABBA could achieve. This is entertainment for the people! Just what we need in 2019!

I can’t wait to see it in London playing Mon, Thurs & Sunday’s to begin. Why they’re not playing Fri/Sat is mind boggling but they must have their reasons. I wish this event/show every success.

We hear this dinner show will open in Las Vegas in 2020. This will be fascinating to watch at 3x the price of the average dinner show in Sin City….not to mention more than twice the length.

Bravo ABBA for your bravery. It’s 100% paid off in Stockholm! See you at the O2.

Review by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio 12th April 2019

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