New Sophie announced for Mamma Mia following cast withdrawal due to ill health

Lucy May Barker

A new lead has been announced for the West End production of Mamma Mia after the cast member playing Sophie Sheridan was forced to leave the show citing ill health.

Georgia Louise had been playing Sophie since 11th June 2018, but announced her departure from the show on Monday stating that her asthma left her "frequently hospitalised and left unable to perform".

In a statement she posted on Twitter, she thanked everyone in the production for their support, and added that she "looks forward to returning to performing in full health".

Lucy May Barker joins the cast as Sophie Sheridan, reprising the role from the UK and International tours. Barker has starred in touring productions of Mamma Mia from 2016, with additional theatre credits including Pine and Oklahoma!

Announcing her West End casting, Barker stated that this would be the 35th venue where she has performed Mamma Mia.

Dates for Barker to join the cast of Mamma Mia are yet to be confirmed.

The rest of the cast remains unchanged and is completed by Charlotte O'Rourke, Leah St Luce, Kate Graham, Ricky Butt, Sara Poyzer, Alec Porter, Damian Buhagiar, Eamonn Cox, Neil Moors, Stephen Beckett, Richard Trinder, Chloe Ames, Luke Hall, Lauren Hampton, Jack Heasman, Jennifer Hepburn, Stuart Hickey, Tyler Kennington, James Willoughby Moore, Natasha O'Brien, Dean Reed, Beth Relf, Annie Southall and Katy Stredder.

Mamma Mia is at the Novello Theatre.

Mamma Mia tickets are available now.

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