5 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4LD
Booking until 25 October 2014
ABBA may have long since split up but their music has been immortalised in the whimsical jukebox musical Mamma Mia! Set on a paradise Greek Island with a young girl preparing for her wedding and looking to invite her estranged father to the ceremony, the only problem is that she isn’t sure who he is. After reading of her mothers former conquests she invites all potential paternal partners to the island and hilarity ensues as she tries to figure out which is her true father whilst keeping the former lovers away from her scatty mother. Mamma Mia is a tale of love and lust set to the energetic hits of one of the worlds biggest pop sensations, for this, we “thank Abba for the Music!”
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The Novello Theatre’s box office is located within the theatre building on Aldwych and is open Monday to Saturday from 10am – 8pm.
Pre-purchased tickets can be arranged for collection at the box office and may be picked up on the day within the hour before the performance starts. You will need to take both the credit or debt card you paid with and your booking reference number as proof of purchase. You may also require identification
Built as one of a pair with the adjacent Aldwych Theatre and connected to the Waldorf Theatre, the Novello was built in 1905. For almost 100 years the theatre was known as the Strand Theatre, however it was renamed in 2005 to honour the deceased British actor Ivor Novello who lived above the theatre for almost 40 years.
One of the first productions at the theatre was Lights Out (1905) starring Harry Irving, followed by the British premier of Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard in 1909. The theatre also hosted Treasure Island as a festive favourite throughout the early to mid 1920’s.
Like its sister theatre, the Aldwych, the Novello Theatre hosted a number of farces throughout the 30’s It’s a Boy! and It’s a Girl! In 1930 along with Aren’t Men Beasts (1936) and Spotted Dick (1939).
The 1940’s was when the theatre really came into it’s own with longer running productions such as Arsenic and Old Lace which ran for 1337 performances, Sailor, Beware! which ran for over 1,200 performances from 1955 and a two year run of Steven Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1963-1965).
In 1971, British Star Michael Crawford made his name in No Sex Please, We’re British! Which ran at the theatre for a record breaking 11 years.
In more recent years, the theatre has been home to seasonal productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company who staged productions of Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors and As You Like It from 2005-2006. The RSC returned for another season in 2006-7 following a short run of Footloose.
The beginning of this decade saw productions of Betty Blue Eyes, Crazy for You and Noises Off. In September 2012 Mamma Mia! transferred to the Novello, following five years at the Prince Edward Theatre and eight years at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Mamma Mia! continues to run at the Novello.
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