Dianne Pilkington to join Mamma Mia! as part of major cast change

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Dianne Pilkington is to take up the role of Donna in the West End production of Mamma Mia!, as part of what the producers have called the “largest cast change” in the musical’s history.

From June 10, 24 of the show’s 33 cast members will leave the production.

Pilkington, who was Glinda in Wicked for three years, will replace Helen Hobson, with Jane Milligan joining the show as Rosie.

Other new cast members include Emma Crossley, who will play Sophie, Oliver Tilney, who takes up the part of Sky, and Jessica Daley, who was a finalist on the BBC series Over the Rainbow, who will play Ali.

Kim Ismay will continue as Tanya, with Neil Roberts staying on as Harry and James continuing as Bill Austin.

However, Richard Trinder will replace Gary Milner as Sam.

Mamma Mia! opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in 1999, before moving to the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2004. It is currently playing at the Novello Theatre and recently celebrated its 14th anniversary.

Mamma Mia! is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Bjorn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal.