Here’s when Mamma Mia The Party could come to London (and beyond)

Sweden's latest Abba-themed venue, Mamma Mia The Party, which opened to much fanfare in Stockholm last year is set to be exported to London and beyond, Björn Ulvaeus has revealed.

Here's when Mamma Mia The Party could come to London (and beyond)
Björn Ulvaeus at the Mamma Mia The Party venue. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Ulvaeus let slip the news a year after The Local was one of the media outlets reporting live from the opening of the Greek taverna modelled on the Mamma Mia Universe, which saw the four members of legendary pop group Abba get together on stage for the first time in three decades.

Since then, the show has sold out almost every evening, and Ulvaeus told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper (DN) this week that he is currently hard at work trying to find an appropriate venue in London to bring the party to the city where Mamma Mia The Musical premiered in 1999.

“When this was such a success I wanted to take it to London, but it has proved difficult to find a venue. This is a completely different thing to jumping into an existing theatre. But things are starting to resolve themselves. And there is no doubt the same show would work in London too,” he told DN.

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Björn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog and Benny Andersson. Photo: Anders Westin/Westin Promotion/TT

Mamma Mia The Party is set inside the fictional Nikos' Taverna, where guests are treated to Greek food and a stage show inspired by the hit musical. Tickets are around 1,340-1,535 kronor.

And if all goes according to plan, it will come to the British capital in spring 2018. There are also plans to set it up in Germany in the coming years – and why not the rest of the world…?

“I haven't thought that far ahead yet. But the possibility is of course there. If it is a success in London it probably works all over the world. Today it attracts both those who grew up with Abba and an entirely new generation that grew up with Mamma Mia. The musical will soon have been seen by 60 million people around the world,” Ulvaeus told DN.


ABBA’s first album in 40 years shoots to the top of the UK charts

ABBA's first studio album in nearly 40 years has made it to the top of the UK charts, becoming the fastest seller of the year so far, the Official Charts Company said on Friday.

ABBA's first album in 40 years shoots to the top of the UK charts
ABBA's new album, 'Voyage' for sale in Stockholm at the start of this month. Photo: Jonatan Nackstrand/AFP

“Voyage” by the Swedish quartet of Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid racked up 204,000 chart sales in the seven days since it was launched last Friday.

Sales gave the supergroup the biggest opening week on the UK album chart in four years since Ed Sheeran’s “Divide”, and fastest-selling album by a group in eight years.

The last fastest-seller was One Direction’s “Midnight Memories” in November 2013.

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ABBA, propelled to global fame by their 1974 Eurovision Song Contest win with “Waterloo”, split in 1982, a year after their last album, “The Visitors”.

“Voyage” is their 10th number one album in the UK: only seven other acts — The Beatles, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie — have had more.

The group said in a statement: “We are so happy that our fans seem to have enjoyed our new album as much as we enjoyed making it.

“We are absolutely over the moon to have an album at the top of the charts again.”

The 204,000 sales comprise 90 percent physical copies, including 29,900 on vinyl, making it the fastest-selling vinyl release of the 21st century.

The previous record holder was the Arctic Monkeys’ “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”, which sold 24,500 vinyl copies in 2018.