Helen Hobson Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! from 24 Sep
Helen Hobson returns to the role of Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! from 24 Sep 2012. She replaces Sally Ann Triplett, who will be leaving the production to begin rehearsals for the new musical Viva Forever!.
Helen Hobson last played the role of Donna in 2007. She has also starred with Michael Ball in Stephen Sondheim's Passion, was personally chosen by Cliff Richard to be his Cathy in Heathcliff - The Musical, and she has the rare distinction of having played both Mrs Lyons and Mrs Johnstone in Willy Russell's Blood Brothers.
Based on the songs of ABBA, Mamma Mia! opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre on 6th April 1999, following previews from 23rd March 1999. It transferred to the Prince of Wales theatre on 3 June 2004, where it plays to 1 Sep 2012, when the show transfers to the Novello Theatre from 6 Sep 2012 - booking to 13 April 2013.
To date, Mamma Mia! has been seen by more than 50 million people in 37 productions in 14 different languages grossing more than $2 billion at the box office.
A film adaptation of the stage show was released in 2008 titled "Mamma Mia! The Movie".
A story of a mother and daughter set on the eve of the daughter's wedding, the musical has music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and book by Catherine Johnson.
It is designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce & Bobby Aitken and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch.
It is choreographed by Anthony Van Laast and directed by Phyllida Lloyd.