Mamma Mia and Les Miserables Announce Extension
The west end shows Add New Dates at the Novello and Queen’s Theatre
There are more booking extensions to report this week as two of the most popular musicals in the capital add new dates. Both Mamma Mia and Les Miserables have extended to the same date in April 2015 and ensure that audiences can continue to pick up theatre tickets for the shows well into next year.
Mamma Mia! is, of course, the ABBA musical that features an original story amplified with the back catalogue of the hit band ABBA. It has been in the West End since 1999 when it opened at the Prince Edward Theatre, later transferring to the Prince of Wales Theatre from 2004 to 2012 before finding its current home of the Novello Theatre. During its tenure in the capital it has also received a lot of attention thanks to the 2008 movie of the same name, which told the same story with a cast that included Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, among others.
The story focuses on the character of Skye who, having never met her father, takes drastic action to locate the man who will walk her down the aisle - she locates her mother’s diary and narrows it down to three men, promptly inviting all three. When her mother comes face to face with her old flames, trouble ensues. Along the way we are treated to musical numbers like Dancing Queen, Super Trooper and Thank You For The Music, plus many others.
Meanwhile, Les Misérables is the longest-running musical in the West End, having opened at the Barbican Theatre in 1985. Since then it has also appeared at the Palace Theatre before transferring to the Queen’s Theatre in 2004 and is second only to The Mousetrap as the longest running show in the West End and continues to attract audiences across the world.
Set in the 19th century, it follows Jean Valjean as he is pursued over the course of many years by the relentless Police Inspector Javert. It is based on the novel by Victor Hugo and has also appeared on other stages around the world.
Both shows are now booking at the Novello Theatre and Queen’s Theatre, respectively, until Saturday 25th April 2015.