On Saturday we were transported to the island of Skopelos (aka the O2) to dance, dine and have the time of our life! As the sun set, we took our seats at Nikos’ family-run taverna (with 500 other people!) and enjoyed a delicious four-course Greek meal before dancing the late afternoon away at a glittering ABBA disco. We had four fabulous hours at Mamma Mia! The Party so here are some more of the details:
So What is Mamma Mia! The Party?
Mamma Mia! The Party is not a replication of the movie and the musicals as we know them. Yes Nikos Taverna is set on the island of Skopelos, where the film was shot, but Mamma Mia! The Party is a standalone tale. There are some references to the film throughout, but it’s very much its own thing.
What Mamma Mia! The Party is, is a feel-good fully immersive show that will have you on your feet and dancing in the aisles. The success of the party is the audience participation and the mamma mia loving audience do not have to be asked twice to get up and dance.
During the show the cast perform 35 Abba songs including everything from Super Trouper, Dancing Queen, the Winner Takes It All. Mamma Mia is played twice. There are also some songs that only the die hard Abba fan would know.
The performance is split into three different acts – with each interval dedicated to spacing out the four courses included with your ticket price.
Food at Mamma Mia! The Party
A four course meal is included in the ticket price and the food is really pretty good (which I wasn’t expecting). Tables are set with wooden boards of olives, tzatziki and hummus together with baskets of bread.
A mediterranean meal is served between acts and we enjoyed a very good feta cheese salad for starters, a delicious lamb & beef for main course with lemon cake for dessert.
Course 1: Mezze
3 different kinds of bread
Olives and dips, consisting of Tzatziki, and hummus.
The Mezze and bread is on the table when you arrive at the venue, and the starter followed soon thereafter.
Course 2: Starter
A tomato, lettuce, olive and feta salad.
The main course comes along after the first act.
Course 3: Main Course
Beef and lamb with pesto and roasted peppers
Couscous salad with pomegranate, roast potatoes with tomato sauce, feta and olives and courgettes in tomato sauce.
The dessert and coffee follows the second act.
Course 4: Dessert
Lemon cake with Cream
Coffee was due to served a little bit later, but it didn’t arrive. We did get some lovely baklava though.
How are you seated at Mamma Mia! The Party?
Just like a restaurant, at Mamma Mia! The Party you just give your name to the host on arrival and you will be directed to your table. Your table is allocated before you arrive and cannot be altered when you arrive.
Nikos Taverna is a sociable place so you may find yourself sharing a table with other guests depending on the size of your party. We were a party of 5 and we shared with another party of 5.
Whilst you may be required to share a table, food will only be shared with your party (mezze) or on individual plates (starter, main and dessert). They don’t guarantee that large groups will be able to sit together due to table sizes, but they will aim to sit you on adjacent tables where possible.
Mamma Mia! The Party with kids
The minimum age for Mamma Mia! The Party is 5 and it’s a really fun, family-friendly thing to do. We took our kids (age 12 and 13) to the matinee performance at 12pm. Kids do however pay the same price as adults so be sure they will love four hours of ABBA songs before you book.
How much does Mamma Mia! The Party cost?
Prices start from £99 off-peak to £200 for peak (weekend) tickets depending on where you sit. The tickets do include a welcome drink (additional drinks are paid for extra by using the app), a four-course greek meal, and, of course, the live performance itself.
Is it worth the money? I think that all depends on how much you love ABBA. So for us it was.
You can buy tickets with See Tickets here
What to wear for Mamma Mia! The Party?
You can wear anything for Mamma Mia! The Party! Literally wear whatever you want to wear, but you will not be out of place if you wear something glittery and sparkly.
You can buy LED flower garlands and trilby hats from the store inside, but why not save a few pounds (which you will spend on drinks inside) and take some with you.
It does also get quite warm inside (it is Greece) so make sure you don’t wear something too warm.
You can buy tickets with See Tickets here
How long does Mamma Mia! The Party last?
The nature of the party means it lasts longer than a traditional theatre show. We recommend arriving on time so you have time to relax and enjoy the experience in full. If you are in before you other table guests you may be able to choose a better end of the table.
The experience lasts approximately 4 hours but the party often continues. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!
Doors open at 6:30 pm for evening performances and at 12 noon for matinee performances.
On arrival, you will be shown to your table, given a welcome drink and a starter to enjoy for about an hour before the party truly begins.
Getting to Mamma Mia! The Party
Mamma Mia! The Party is held in the O2 London. The closest underground station is North Greenwich on the Jubilee line. It’s really easy to get to from Central London stations too. There are really useful directions on how to get there on the website too.
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