MAMMA MIA! originally opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre on 6 April 1999. Now in it’s 17th year at the Novello, the show has celebrated over 7,000 performances in London and has broken box office records in all three of its London homes.
It’s an absolute West End favourite and features the much-loved ABBA classics such as Dancing Queen, Money, Money Money, Super Trouper, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! and many more.
Richard Carson and Sanne Den Besten have recently joined the cast as Sophie and Sky and we caught up with them to find out how it’s all going.
- Which is your favourite Abba song in the show?
RC: That’s a close one. I really enjoy ‘Mamma Mia!’ in the finale, but I’ll probably go for ‘Does Your Mother Know’!
SDB: Even though I don’t sing it myself ‘Slipping through my fingers’ is one of my favourites. The lyrics have so much meaning in the context of the story that I forget I’m listening to an Abba pop song. I also really enjoy singing “Lay all your Love’ and ‘Name of the Game.’
- Last production you saw at the theatre?
RC: I haven’t seen much really because of how busy it’s all been, but I most recently saw Showboat. It’s incredible, and I wish it wasn’t closing.
SDB: People, Places and Things, which was amazing!
- What has been your career highlight so far?
RC: My Career Highlight would probably be playing Chris in Miss Saigon. It’s such a dream role and something I’ll never forget. It’s a role I’d love to do again.
SDB: Oof! I think playing this part after being in England for a year is a pretty good highlight!
- What are your 3 dressing room must haves?
RC: Pictures of friends, a notepad, and my phone to keep me occupied watching videos or playing games when I have a break!
SDB: Steamer, toothbrush and make-up. Also a good mid-show snack!
- What do you normally do on your day off?
RC: Any form of relaxing is what I need on a day off. On the other hand, I don’t like sitting around doing nothing, so, maybe a trip to the cinema, or dinner with friends.
SDB: Go out for a nice meal, meet up with friends, watch a movie or just stay in all day and order an Indian take out, so delicious!
- Favourite karaoke song?
RC: DON’T STOP ME NOW! Or anything that gets a crowd singing along. No-one likes self-indulgence when it comes to karaoke!
SDB: That’s a hard one! All the guilty pleasures probably; ‘Proud Mary’, ‘I’m so Excited’, ‘Ain’t no Mountain High Enough’, shall I keep going?
- If you weren’t acting, what profession would you be doing?
RC: Probably something to do with sports. I love staying fit and active.
SDB: I think something in line with psychology or a primary school teacher.
- Who’s your hero?
RC: Hero!? I don’t have a hero as such? I look up to my parents, who are heroes in my eyes.
SDB: Cliché but my mum for so many reasons.
- Worst audition memory?
RC: Any audition with a dance call is one I don’t particularly like to remember. Trying to do Ballet with my frame must be incredibly entertaining to watch…
SDB: My first audition in England, for ‘Les Miserables’. I had to fly on the morning of the audition, the plane was delayed, I then missed the train, the tube stop was closed, I got lost, it started to rain and my phone was dead so I couldn’t inform anyone that I was running late. It was so stressful that I just did the worst audition.
- Who would you most like to work with?
RC: I really don’t mind. As long as the chemistry works and they’re easy to get along with then I’ll work with anyone!
SDB: Where to start? I feel like I’ve now done a few of the more established musical theatre shows and I’d love to do a new show, something like Next to Normal, something at the National Theatre or the Menier Chocolate Factory.
- Best place for a post-show night cap?
RC: The Nell! It’s a pub across the road from the Novello Theatre where the cast often go to unwind.
SDB: The Nell opposite our stage door.
- Theatre you’d most like to be locked in overnight?
RC: That’s a hard question. I’d have to find the least scary and probably the newest building. Less chance of coming across anything suspicious!
SDB: I haven’t worked in a lot of theatres in England but I think it would be a lot of fun to have a big old sleepover at the Novello.