Mamma Mia, Catherine Johnson’s musical about love, laughter and friendship featuring the feelgood songs of ABBA has been thrilling London audiences for over two decades and is still playing to a packed houses at the Novello Theatre.
Including a feast of ABBA’s greatest hits in its musical score The story of Mamma Mia is a delightful and enchanting tale of family and friendship all unfolding on a sunkissed Greek Island paradise.
On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the true identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past to the island they last visited 20 years previously…
The show features 22 musical numbers from ABBA’s extensive back catalogue, including “Dancing Queen”, "Waterloo", “Money, Money, Money”, “Chiquita”, “Thank You For The Music”, “S O S”, “Super Trouper” and of course “Mamma Mia!”
So make sure you get down to the Novello Theatre and catch the show that has become a global phenomenon. It will be a decision you won’t regret!
Mamma Mia the stage show has delighted over 40 million people worldwide since it opened in London back in 1999. and now has more productions playing internationally than any other musical, making it the World's Number No.1 stage show!
The show has evening performances on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7.30pm. There are also matinees on Thursday & Saturday at 3pm, and on Sunday at 2.30pm.
Seating PlanNovello Theatre Seating Plan
Address5 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4LD
Directions from nearest tube
(5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn right into Bow Street and after 100 metres turn left (Russell Street) then immediately right onto Catherine Street, where the theatre is located 100 metres down on the corner with Aldwych.
(Aldwych) RV1, X68, 1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 188, 243; (Strand) 4, 9, 15, 26, 76, 176, 341
Night Bus Numbers
(Aldwych) 6, 23, 139, 188, 243, N1, N11, N13, N26, N47, N68, N87, N89, N91, N155, N171, N551, N343; (Strand) 176, 341, N9, N15, N21, N44, N76
Drury Lane, Parker Street (7mins)
Within Congestion Zone
Due to the natural feelgood nature of the show and the much loved singalong ABBA songs, tickets for Mamma Mia will always be in great demand at weekends and during school holidays so it is best to avoid at these times if you are searching for bargains. There is definitely value to be had for Monday - Thursday performances in all seat categories with stalls and dress circle seats sometimes selling for as little as £30 on certain days during the dark winter months. If you are not fussy about dates and check availability on a regular basis you are certain to find good value at some point.
There are four tiers to the Novello Theatre and the difference in the different price bands prices can show that not every seat can really be considered to be 'good value!' There are some restricted view seats for Mamma Mia in the upper circle and balcony that can sometimes sell from as little as £15 and there is a reason for that! If you look at the difference in price between these seats and the ones situated around them it should give you an indication as to exactly how bad those restrictions really are. It is therefore advisable to always remember that cheap is not always a bargain so always check the seating plan first!
This is very much a matter of personal taste as to whether it is more natural for you to sit in the stalls looking directly at the stage where the best value financially will usually be found slightly to the sides or to the rear of the theatre, or whether you prefer to look down from an elevated position in the dress circle where the value is usually found from the rear of row H. Buying Mamma Mia tickets in these sections for midweek performances outside school holidays can produce substantial savings and there is nothing at all wrong with the view.
The short answer to this is yes. It will always depend on how busy the West End is on that particular day though so you will need to check for online tickets to Mamma Mia on a regular basis to get the best deals. Good times to see this show from a financial point of view would be directly after both the Autumn and February half term holidays where people are either saving up for Christmas or still trying to pay for it!
This is not an easy question to answer as it all depends on the availability for that particular week. The producers of shows tend as a rule of thumb to discount about a week in advance (although this is not an exact science and not always the case) but also by definition the later you leave it the less ticket stock there is to choose from! If you are going to see the show during peak times such as weekends or school holidays then it is advisable to book in advance to secure the best seats available as it is unlikely that tickets to Mamma Mia ,which still a hugely popular show will go down for these performances. If you are a bargain hunter booking off peak during quiet weeks then buying tickets on the day whether it is online or through the shops in and around Leicester Square can bring big savings if you look for them.
Mamma Mia is quite possibly the world's most popular 'juke box musical' and was written and was brought to the stage by Catherine Johnson who has very cleverly woven the greatest and best loved hit songs from Swedish supergroup ABBA into a feelgood storyline set on a sun soaked Greek island paradise. All of the songs featured in the show were written by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.
The show had its world premiere in London on April 6th 1999 at the Prince Edward Theatre where it stayed until taking up a new residency at the Prince Of Wales Theatre in 2004. From 2012 to the present day Mamma Mia has been the resident show at the Novello Theatre in Covent Garden.
Like most shows in the West End, there is no dress code to watch Mamma Mia however patrons are advised to dress appropriately to be comfortable in the theatre.
The showtimes for Mamma Mia are from Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm with matinee performances on Thursday's and Saturday's at 3pm. The running time for the show is approximately 2 hours 35 minutes including an interval.
Mamma Mia is a fantastic feelgood musical that has a recommended minimum age of 5 years and features no profanity or scenes that could be deemed to be upsetting for kids. Please be aware though that children aged 3 years and under will not be admitted to the theatre.
Yes. The stage version of the musical first opened in London in 1999 and pre dates the 2008 movie starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan.
The stage version of Mamma Mia has grossed in excess of $2 billion worldwide and has to date been seen by over 50 million people with productions having been performed in an incredible 325 different cities around the world including New York, Melbourne, Barcelona, Tokyo, Moscow, Stockholm and was also the very first Mandarin language production ever of a Western musical when it opened in Shanghai in 2011.