Inside Rehearsals With ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus for Mamma Mia! The Party in London

Photos   Inside Rehearsals With ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus for Mamma Mia! The Party in London
The immersive theatrical and dining experience is set to begin performances at The O2 August 29.
Björn Ulvaeus, Sandi Toksvig, Ingrid Sutej and cast of Mamma Mia! The Party Dewynters London

Mamma Mia! The Party, the immersive theatrical and dining experience, is set to begin performances at London’s The O2 August 29. The production features music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (some songs with Stig Anderson) and a story by Calle Norlén, Roine Söderlundh, and Ulvaeus, adapted for the U.K. by Sandi Toksvig.

Set in a taverna on the island of Skopelos (where much of the 2008 movie adaptation was filmed), Mamma Mia! The Party concerns Nikos and his wife Kate, who run a restaurant with their family and friends. Told through dialogue and ABBA songs, the story evolves as guests sit at their tables enjoying a Greek meal. The evening ends with the main floor transforming into a 1970s disco, where audience members are welcome to stay to sing and dance to original ABBA recordings.

Flip through photos of rehearsal below:

The production stars Fed Zanni as Nikos, Steph Parry as Kate, Joanna Monro as Debbie, AJ Bentley as Adam, Julia Imbach as Kostantina, Elin König Andersson as Bella, Kimberly Powell as Nina, Pauline Stringer as Grandma, and Gregor Stewart as Fernando, with Linda John-Pierre playing Debbie at certain performances and Allie Ho Chee playing Bella at certain performances.

Also in the cast are Molly Cleere, Jessica Spalis, Dawn Spence, and Matthew Wesley. The musicians are John Donovan, Luke Higgins, Kathryn Tindall, Steve Rushton, and Mark Pusey.

Mamma Mia! The Party, which opened in Stockholm in January 2016, is co-directed by Roine Söderlundh and Stacey Haynes, with sets by Bengt Fröderberg, costumes by Annsofi Nyberg, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, and sound design by Gareth Owen.

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