Mamma Mia! Becomes Longest-Running Show at London's Prince of Wales Theatre Aug. 19

News   Mamma Mia! Becomes Longest-Running Show at London's Prince of Wales Theatre Aug. 19 The London production of Mamma Mia!, which currently features Linzi Hateley as Donna Sheridan, becomes the longest-running tenant of the Prince of Wales Theatre Aug. 18. That title was previously held by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love.
Hannah Robertson and Paul Shelford in  London's Mamma Mia!
Hannah Robertson and Paul Shelford in London's Mamma Mia!

The international hit musical, which features the songs of ABBA, will also celebrate another milestone later this month. On Aug. 23 Mamma Mia! will play its 3,500th performance. In addition to Hateley, the West End company currently boasts Joanna Monro as Rosie, Jane Gurnett as Tanya, with Iain Fletcher as Sam Carmichael, Steven Finch as Harry Bright, Paul Hawkyard as Bill Austin, Hannah Robertson as Sophie Sheridan, Paul Shelford as Sky, Lucy Miller as Ali, Tanya Robb as Lisa, Ben Heathcote as Pepper and Kieran Jae as Eddie. Lucy Harris plays Donna at select performances.

Mamma Mia! employs the hit songs of famed pop group ABBA to tell the story of Sophie Sheridan, a young girl who hopes to discover the identity of her father. On the eve of her wedding, she brings three men from her mother Donna's past back to the Greek island they visited over two decades ago.

The show features music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, a book by Catherine Johnson, direction by Phyllida Lloyd and choreography by Anthony Van Laast. In New York, the musical plays the Winter Garden Theatre, which is located at 1634 Broadway.

Mamma Mia! is currently booking through June 2008. For tickets visit www.mamma-mia.com.

Joanna Monro, Jane Gurnett and Linzi Hateley in London's <i>Mamma Mia!</i>
Joanna Monro, Jane Gurnett and Linzi Hateley in London's Mamma Mia!