A look at Mamma Mia!, the film version of the ABBA themed jukebox musical

Tuesday, 19 January will see Stalybridge Town Cinema’s first flick of 2016 with what is one of Britain’s highest grossing films. Adapted from the 1999 West End musical, the film version of Mamma Mia! packed UK cinemas on its original 2008 release.

It is a film that’ll have you singing your way through the feature! It could possibly get you singing random ABBA songs en route to your humble abode. (Neither East of the M60, nor Stalybridge Town Cinema accept any responsibility for any earworms).


The film has a stellar cast with Meryl Streep playing the lead role of Donna Sheridan. It is centred around the pre-nuptial arrangements of daughter Sophie (played by Amanda Seyfried). It turns out that Sophie has three different fathers: Sam Carmichael, Irish-American architect; Bill Anderson, Swedish adventurer and writer; and Harry Bright, a British Banker.

We see Sophie as fiancé to Sky, a web designer whose recent project is a website for the wedding night’s hotel. There is also friction between Sophie’s three dads which comes to head at her bachelorette party. In the end, we see more romance in the air for Donna Sheridan, and friends Rosie Mulligan (Julie Walters) and Tanya Chesham-Leigh (Christine Baranski). As for Sophie…

Providing some respite from a chilly Stalybridge is the film’s setting. Most of it was filmed on the Greek island of Skopelos and the seaside hamlet of Damouchari.

Shortly after cinematic release, its DVD release became the fastest selling DVD title in the UK. It sold 1,669,084 copies on its first day of release. Appropriately, Town Cinema’s showing of Mamma Mia! is on the 40th anniversary year of the chart single’s release.

On the 31 January 1976, it knocked Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody (nine weeks as a No. 1 chart single) off the top spot of the UK singles chart with a two week stay. In Germany, it knocked off Harpo’s Moviestar (on backing vocals was Agnetha Faltskog).

Next month at the Stalybridge Town Cinema

The musical theme continues next month with Stalybridge Town Cinema’s presentation of The Jersey Boys. Directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, it too is based on a jukebox musical sharing the same title. Unlike Mamma Mia!, the film never had an official UK release.

Useful Information

For Tuesday’s showing, tickets are priced at £5.00 for all classes. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Please note that due to a rise in licence fees for film presentation, this is up from the previous rate of £4.00.

Stalybridge Town Cinema:
8 Corporation Street, Stalybridge, Cheshire, SK15 2BN.

  • Buses: most services stop at Armentieres Square nearby. 408 service (peak hours, all day Sundays and Bank Holidays and evenings only) terminates at bus station (5 – 7 minutes walk along Market Street, Melbourne Street and Corporation Street). No journeys on the 236, 387, 353 and 354 services after 1900 hours;
  • Trains: Stalybridge railway station is 10 – 12 minutes walk (Market Street, Melbourne Street and Corporation Street);
  • Taxis: Swift Radio Cars is the nearest taxi office to Judge’s Bar.

S.V., 11 January 2016.

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