27 November 2019

The sensational feel-good musical MAMMA MIA! will return to Sunderland Empire for a two-week run from Tuesday 8 September – Saturday 19 September, as part of a UK & International Tour celebrating 20 years since MAMMA MIA! premiered in London in April 1999.

From West End to global phenomenon, MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with a sunny, funny tale of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads unfolding on a Greek island idyll.

To date, it has been seen by over 65 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages.  In 2011 it became the first Western musical ever to be staged in Mandarin in the People’s Republic of China.  MAMMA MIA! became the 8th longest running show in Broadway history where it played a record-breaking run for 14 years. MAMMA MIA! continues to thrill audiences in London’s West End at the Novello Theatre where it celebrated its 20th Anniversary on 6 April 2019.

Produced by Judy Craymer, MAMMA MIA! The Movie became the highest grossing live action musical film of all time upon its release in 2008.  A second film, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, opened in July 2018 and is the most successful live musical movie sequel of all time.

Judy Craymer, Creator and Producer of MAMMA MIA!, said: ‘We are so thrilled to be bringing MAMMA MIA! back to Sunderland as part of the UK and International Tour celebrating 20 years since the show first opened in London’s West End. MAMMA MIA! is a sunny feel-good story for all the family and we can’t wait to share the joyous music of ABBA with Sunderland audiences again!’

With music & lyrics by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. The production is designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce & Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material & arrangements by Martin Koch.


The MAMMA MIA! UK & International Tour is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East & Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal and NGM.





MAMMA MIA! comes to the Sunderland Empire from Tuesday 8 - Saturday 19 September 2020.
Ticket on sale info below:


ATG Theatre Card members - Wed 27 Nov, 10am

Groups 10+ - Thu 28 Nov, 10am

General on sale - Mon 2 Dec, 10am


Booking Information:

Tickets available in person at the Box Office on High Street West, also from the Ticket Centre on

0844 871 3022* or online at*


*Calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your standard network charge. Booking fees may apply to telephone and online bookings.