Local theatre fans are in for a huge treat when West End leading lady Charlotte Gorton takes to the stage in Mamma Mia later this year, as part of FM Theatre’s mammoth 20th anniversary theatrical season. Ms Gorton, who has starred in umpteen UK and international productions since the 1990s, will be taking on the iconic role of Donna Sheridan – a part she has played already, at the Prince Edward Theatre in London.

“There are few musicals as feel-good and fun as Mamma Mia. It promises nothing but a wonderful time, with songs people love and a storyline that will make you smile. If you see one major theatrical event this season, make it this one!” producer Edward Merceica says. As tickets have nearly sold out for the existing run, the company has announced an extra show on Saturday 14th April at 3pm.

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“I am thrilled to be travelling to Malta to take on Mamma Mia once again, as it’s a musical I absolutely love and one of my all-time favourites,” Ms Gorton says as she prepares for the shows in Malta. “It’s always fun to return to a show and to have another go! I am a lot older now, so I know I will bring a different feel to it this time round. I have actually always wanted to visit Malta as I love places with history and the architecture looks wonderful. I am looking forward to really getting to know it during my stay.”

Among her many career highlights, Ms Gorton’s impressive list of theatre credits include Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre, Grease at the Cambridge Theatre, and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the Union, for which she received the Craig Dodd Award as Best Actress, as well as a Best Actress nomination from the Offie Awards. “Mamma Mia is a glorious feel good show with a huge heart. I urge people to come to see us and to share in a wonderful night with world-class songs all set on a beautiful Mediterranean island. Bring your tissues!” Ms Gorton adds with a smile.

The multi award-winning all-singing, all-dancing musical based on Abba’s biggest hits comes hot on the heels of the sell-out success, My Fair Lady, which was staged at the Mediterranean Conference Centre a few weeks ago. Speaking about FM Theatre’s decision to present a second full-blown musical within a very short time span, producer Edward Mercieca said: “Our 20th anniversary will only come around once and it’s a huge milestone for us, so we’re proud to be going-all out. Two musicals (and a panto) in one year is no mean feat, but the team is working brilliantly, as proved by the recent success with My Fair Lady. I have no doubt audiences will enjoy this show just as much as they did that one.”

Known to be the eighth longest-running musical in West End history, Mamma Mia includes Abba hits including Super Trouper, Lay All Your Love on Me, Dancing Queen, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Take a Chance on Me, Thank You for the Music, Money, Money, Money, The Winner Takes It All, Voulez-Vous, SOS and the title track, Mamma Mia. The story follows Sophie, a young woman about to be married, who discovers that her father could be one of certain three men, and so she invites all three to her wedding without telling her mother, Donna. Aside from Ms Gorton, Mamma Mia will feature an all-star local cast including Izzy Warrington, Pia Zammit, Antony Edridge, Ray Calleja, Edward Mercieca, Maxine Aquilina, Tom Camilleri, Francesco Nicodeme, Jeremy Grech, Nicole Cassar and Tezara Eve Camilleri. It will be directed by Chris Gatt, with Kris Spiteri as musical director, Cathy Lawlor as vocal coach and Francesco Nicodeme as choreographer.

Mamma Mia will be staged at the Mediterranean Conference Centre on Friday 13th April at 8pm, Saturday 14th April at 3 pm and 8pm, and Sunday 15th April at 3pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are available now from www.mcc.com.mt or by calling the ticket hotline on 79445030.