Immersive Mamma Mia! spin-off show gets new lease of life at the O2 in London
A Mamma Mia! spin-off show that was postponed following concerns from local residents is to open at the O2 in London.
Mamma Mia! The Party had initially been set for a run in a purpose-built venue in Waterloo, London.
However, plans for the immersive theatre and dining event were pulled, after residents raised complaints about potential noise from the site, and argued that the land should be used for social housing.
Now, the show will be staged within a specially-adapted venue within the O2 in London, opening in the spring next year.
Steve Tompkins, from architects Haworth Tompkins, is to transform one of the venues within the O2 into Nikos’ Taverna. It will host up to 500 people, who will be able to eat Mediterranean food, while “the story of Nikos and his family plays out in front of them”.
The project is the brainchild of Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus and producer Ingrid Sutej.
Ulvaeus said: “We have long admired the O2 and the huge entertainment success it has become under the ownership and management of AEG. We believe bringing Mamma Mia! The Party to the O2 will add to this already vibrant cultural destination and provide the perfect location for our exciting new show.”
John Langford, vice president and general manager of the O2, said the show “perfectly complements the outstanding live performances, events and the dynamic variety of entertainment all available under our world-famous roof”.
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