Mamma Mia Birmingham Hippodrome Review

Mamma Mia – Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Review

For my birthday this year, I went to see Mamma Mia at my local theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome. I loved ABBA growing up, so knew I had to go see Mamma Mia when I had the chance. I knew a lot about Mamma Mia before seeing the show as I had seen the movie, which is quite frankly scary at times. No other reason than some of the shocking singing voices.

A Little About Mamma Mia

The story follows Sophie and her Mom (Donna) who live on an island in Greece. Sophie is getting married and doesn’t know who her Father is and one day she reads her Mom’s diary from the year she was pregnant with Sophie. She finds out that she has 3 potential Fathers, so invites all of them to her wedding under the pretense that her Mom sent the invitations.

All 3 of her potential Fathers turn up on the island and that is where the story begins. I won’t tell you anymore as it will spoil the show for you.

My Thoughts on the Show

I thoroughly enjoyed the show from the start to end. It was uplifting and the story seemed so familiar after watching the film.

Lucy May Baker who played Sophie had so much energy throughout and her voice was stunning and suited the role very well. She played the role of Sophie perfectly and really made you believe the chemistry between Sophie and Sky was real. Sky was played by Phillip Ryan who was equally as good as Lucy and a perfect match for the character Sophie. Phillip was so good that I would go as far as saying he played the role of Sky better than Dominic Cooper in the Mamma Mia Movie. Also, thanks to Phillip who posed for a picture for my Mom outside the Hippodrome. I think she was to shy to be in the picture, but thank you all the same Phillip.

Phillip Ryan Mamma Mia UK Tour

Sara Poyzer who player Donna was exceptional and her solo’s were so heartfelt and stunning. Her acting was perfect throughout and was exactly what I hopped Donna would be. Sara really made the whole show come together (along with the Dynamos).

All the cast played their characters perfectly, including the 3 dads, the Dynamos and the ensemble. Their energy was amazing and the dance scenes were brilliant. I loved this performance. There is a medley of songs at the end which really does have everyone dancing in the aisles.

The orchestra played every ABBA song perfectly! They really made the music come alive for me.

The set was very basic, but used to it’s full extent and the lighting really pulled the set and scenes together.

Other Information and Review

Review Score – 4/5

Location – Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB

Date Seen – Saturday 30th July 2016 (Matinee Performance)

Top Tips – If your seats are at the end of the row, make sure you aren’t one of the first into the auditorium. You will be getting up-down-up-down to let everyone go past. Also, the interval Ice Cream costs £3, but I totally recommend my favourite one which is the Mint Choc Chip.

  • Food & Baker

    I don’t think we could ever say we’ve seen either, but it does wonder my mind as it’s forever advertised on the London underground, by your brief background story on it, I can imagine it’s something we both would love to see! Glad you had an amazing birthday just like you deserve – we will be looking into seeing this ourselves sometime in the near future! Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica & James
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    • StephsWorld

      I think it is something you would both love. I would definitely recommend it for a date night or even Matilda. That is one of my favourite shows to see.

      Thanks for you lovely comment – as always 🙂
      Steph xx

  • StephsWorld

    Thank you Anne 🙂

    Haha, I wouldn’t say famous 🙂 Thank you for my lovely gifts.

    Steph xxx

  • Samantha P

    Oh, I love going to the theatre! Mamma Mia is such a goo show. Glad you enjoyed it.

    S .x http://ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com/

    • StephsWorld

      Me too Samantha. The show was just perfect too 🙂

      Thanks for your comment
      Steph xx

  • Lucy Doyle

    Ahhh this show sounds amazing! I love Mamma Mia and hope I get to see it some day! I saw Annie, Chicago, Matilda and Mary Poppins in the last year and have to say I’ve enjoyed all of my experiences to the theatre but totally agree about the end of the row seat thing because I always choose end of the row so I can get out easily!

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    • StephsWorld

      Thanks for your comment Lucy. You should go see Mamma Mia, I am sure you will love it. I need to see Annie, but saw Chicago and Mary Poppins when I was back in college. So many years ago. Also, Matilda is one of my favourites. I did a blogpost on it when I first started my blog. I think it was one of my first actually.

      Thanks
      Steph xx

  • Yas!! Love this show! Haven’t seen it live since I was like 13 but have the DVD to keep my Mama Mia cravings satisfied! Great review, loved the details you went into. My favourite musical right now is the Book of Mormon, seen it twice in the last year, its the funniest thing ever!! JUMP if you get the chance to go see it. Jess xx

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    • StephsWorld

      Jess, you are a musical lover just like me. It is fab that you share the love too. I loved Book of Mormon so much. I want to see it again this year. I went a year ago and still can’t stop listening to the sountrack.

      Thanks for your comment
      Steph xx

  • Such a great review, you have really made me want to see it! I love the music of ABBA and in this film, I love how the show actually got you all up and dancing! Brilliant. XXX
    http://www.sopherina.co.uk

    • StephsWorld

      You need to go see it Sophie, you would love it i’m sure.

      Thanks for your comment
      Steph xxx

  • becca

    I’ve always wanted to see Mama Mia live! Loved this post X

    • StephsWorld

      Thanks Becca 🙂 You should go see it, it was brilliant.

      Thanks for your comment
      Steph xx

  • ♛ vicki ♛

    Ah! I’ve always wanted to see Mamma Mia live!!

    Vicki x
    http://neverlandandvicki.blogspot.co.uk/

    • StephsWorld

      You should Vicki 🙂

      Thanks for your comment
      Steph xx

  • 1 Week Mary

    Always loved Mamma Mia, it sounds so fun to watch it live! Great post xx

    • StephsWorld

      Thanks Mary 🙂

      Steph xx

  • Róisín H

    Great post! I love the film but never seen it on stage, wish I could! x

    • StephsWorld

      If you get the chance, you should go see it 🙂

      Thanks for your comment
      Steph xx

  • Em

    I’ve never seen the film, I might have to watch it to see what all the hype is about! Glad you had a good time and how nice of that guy to pose for you!

    Em x

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    • StephsWorld

      I would say the theatre show is 100% better than the film, and I love the film. Let me know how you get on with the film if you see it 🙂

      Thanks for your comment
      Steph xx

  • Sounds like you really enjoyed it! I saw Mamma Mia in London last year and it had the opposite effect on me. I thought it all felt a bit dated (but not in a good way) and slow. But I love the music, the cast was great, and the movie is brilliant fun, so maybe I ought to give it another try. Not that there’s much time left to catch it at the Hippodrome now, but I’ll be seeing Sister Act in Brum in a few weeks though, so it’s no great loss.

    Great post. I love hearing about everyone’s stagey adventures! 😀

    Charlotte
    http://www.talkstageytome.co.uk