Louise Gold took over the featured role of Tanya, at The Prince Edward Theatre, from 20th March 2000 to 16 March 2002 (Cast 2 and 3). Louise Gold joined when the show underwent its first major cast changes. Among the changes, Louise Plowright (who had originated the role of Tanya, took over the lead role of Donna, and West End Newcomer, Julie Atherton took over the second major lead, that of Sophie. Cast 2’s three Dynamo’s (Plowright, Gold and Nicol) remained first choice for their respective roles (Donna Tanya and Rosie) for the show’s 3rd cast (from 19th March 2001 to 16th March 2002).
20th March 2000 to 18th March 2001 (Cast 2)
Sophie Sheridan - Julie Atherton
Ali - Melissa Gibson
Lisa - Gail Mackinnon
Donna Sheridan - Louise Plowright
Tanya - Louise Gold
Rosie - Lesley Nicol
Sky - Gareth Bryn
Pepper - Andrew Prosser
Eddie - Simon Coulthard
Harry Bright - Craig Pinder
Bill Austin - Nicolas Colicos
Father Alexandrios - James Barron
Paul Basleigh, Simon Bishop, Peter Challis, Amanda Claire, Andy Couchman, Louise Davidson (actually joined in April 2000), Melissa Familly, Lori Haley Fox, Andrea Francis, Jye Frasca, Melissa Jacques, Stephen McGlynn, Leah-Sue Morland, Laura O'Day, Richard Pettyfer, Rebecca Seale, Nikki Shaw, Anne Smith, Tim Stanley, Gavin Wilkinson.
Sophie Sheridan - (1st) Rebecca Seale, (2nd) Melissa Gibson, (3rd) Laura O'Day
Ali - (1st) Melissa Familly, (2nd) Leah-Sue Morland, (3rd) Nikki Shaw
Lisa - (1st) Andrea Francis, (2nd) Nikki Shaw, (3rd) Leah-Sue Morland
Donna Sheridan - (1st) Lori Haley Fox, (2nd) Louise Davidson, (3rd) Melissa Jacques
Tanya - (1st) Louise Davidson, (2nd) Anne Smith, (3rd) Melissa Jacques
Rosie - (1st) Anne Smith, (2nd) Melissa Jacques
Sky - (1st) Andrew Prosser, (2nd) Paul Basleigh
Pepper - (1st) Stephen McGlynn, (2nd) Jye Frasca, (3rd) Tim Stanley
Eddie - (1st) Jye Frasca, (2nd) Gavin Wilkinson, (3rd) Stephen McGlynn
Harry Bright - (1st) James Barron, (2nd) Peter Challis, (3rd) Andy Couchman
Bill Austin - (1st) Richard Pettyfer, (2nd) Peter Challis, (3rd) Andy Couchman
Sam Carmichael - (1st) Andy Couchman, (2nd) James Barron, (3rd) Peter Challis
Father Alexandrios - (1st) Andy Couchman, (2nd) Richard Pettyfer, (3rd) Peter Challis
From 19th March 2001 to 15 March 2002 (Cast 3)
Sophie Sheridan – Amanda Salmon
Ali – Amanda Harrison
Lisa – Hayley Tamaddon
Donna Sheridan - Louise Plowright
Tanya - Louise Gold
Rosie - Lesley Nicol
Sky – Raza Jaffrey
Pepper – Adam C. Booth
Eddie – Paul Basleigh
Harry Bright – Peter Forbes
Bill Austin – Rohan Tickell
Sam Carmichael – Simon Slater
Father Alexandrios – Andy Couchman
Gavin Alex, Peter Challis, Amanda Claire, Lesley Coleman, Lisa Joanne Cook, Melissa Familly, Andrea Francis, Charlotte Gorton, Scott Hall, David J. Higgins, Leah-Sue Morland, Wyn Moss, Michelle Potter, Nikki Shaw, Anne Smith, Tim Stanley, Christopher Till, David Wilder, Lee William-Davis
At certain performances the role of Donna Sheridan will be played by - Lori Haley Fox
Sophie Sheridan - (1st) Amanda Harrison, (2nd) Lisa Joanne Cook, (3rd) Amanda Claire
Ali - (1st) Andrea Francis, (2nd) Leah-Sue Morland, (3rd) Nikki Shaw
Lisa - (1st) Melissa Familly, (2nd) Nikki Shaw, (3rd) Leah-Sue Morland
Donna Sheridan - (1st) Lori Haley Fox, (2nd) Charlotte Gorton, (3rd) Lesley Coleman
Tanya - (1st) Lesley Coleman, (2nd) Charlotte Gorton, (3rd) Anne Smith
Rosie - (1st) Anne Smith, (2nd) Lesley Coleman, (3rd) Andrea Francis
Sky - (1st) Paul Basleigh, (2nd) Wyn Moss, (3rd) Christopher Till
Pepper - (1st) Scott Hall, (2nd) Gavin Alex, (3rd) Tim Stanley
Eddie - (1st) Wyn Moss, (2nd) Tim Stanley, (3rd) Christopher Till
Harry Bright - (1st) Peter Challis, (2nd) Andy Couchman, (3rd) David Wilder
Bill Austin - (1st) David J. Higgins, (2nd) Peter Challis, (3rd) David Wilder
Sam Carmichael - (1st) Andy Couchman, (2nd) David J. Higgins, (3rd) Peter Challis
Father Alexandrios - (1st) David J. Higgins, (2nd) Peter Challis, (3rd) David Wilder
Presented by - Judy Craymer, Richard East and Bjorn Ulvaeus for Littlestar In Association with Universal
Music and Lyrics - Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA, with some songs by Stig Anderson
Book - Catherine Johnson
Original Production – 6 April 1999, The
Production Designer - Mark Thompson
Lighting Designer - Howard Harrison
Sound Designers - Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken
Musical Supervisor Additional Orchestrations and Arrangements - Martin Koch
Choreography - Anthony Van Laast
Director - Phyllida Lloyd
Musical Director - Martin Lowe
Resident Director - Peter Addis
Assistant To Resident Director & Dance Captain - Leah-Sue Moreland
Casting Director - David Grindrod
Company Manager - Philip Effemey
Stage Manager - Claire Whitfield
Deputy Stage Manager - Glen Harper
Mamma Mia has lead at least 4 television appearances for Louise Gold, Namely:
Channel Four News, item Parallel Lives on 17 May 2000, as herself - A West End Actress & Working Mother, See Offsite link: http://www.channel4news.co.uk/home/20000517/Story02.htm
Jim Davidson Presents on 30 June 2000, where all the Mamma Mia London Production Cast 2 appeared, in their finale costumes. Louise Plowright, Louise Gold and Lesley Nicol lead the company in a performance of Dancing Queen.
A Week In The West End on 11 to 15 (especially 12) February 2002. - Louise Plowright, Louise Gold and Lesley Nicol were all interviewed on the 12th and shown performing the bedroom scene version of Dancing Queen. In addition at various times during the week they all appeared on the ‘Westenders’ segment, for which they were pictured in their dressing-rooms wearing their Mamma Mia 70’s costumes. In addition the whole cast were shown in various short clips on the programme each day. And Philip Effemey was the subject of A Day In The Life Of on the 15th, so most of the company (Mamma Mia London Production Cast 3), and some of the crew, can be spotted at one time or another in that (in particular: Peter Forbes, Raza Jaffrey, Rohan Rickell, Amanda Salmon, Simon Slater, Christopher Till, and, Claire Whitfield); While MD Martin Lowe also features but talking about another musical he was working on.
ABBA - The Reunion around 21 September 2004 - In addition to ABBA’s own performances, this documentary featured clips of various Mamma Mia casts performing the ABBA songs. Louise Gold appeared along with Lesley Nicol and the rest of what was probably Mamma Mia London Production Cast 3 led by Louise Plowright in a clip of Rich Man’s World.
ABBA – The Mamma Mia! Story first broadcast on 3 July 2008 – In addition to both clips of ABBA’s own performances and those from the film version of the musical Mamma Mia, this documentary featured clips of various Mamma Mia casts performing the ABBA songs. Louise Gold appeared with fellow Mamma Mia London Production Cast 3 Dynamos Louise Plowright and Lesley Nicol in a clip from February 2002 of Dancing Queen.
On the radio, Louise Gold spoke about her work in Mamma Mia on Tim McArthur Interview.
Mamma Mia has also been mentioned on various occasions in drama, most notably, in:
Archers on Friday 12th
May 2001 – Two newly characters, Roy & Haley Tucker arrive back from their
might be noted that ensemble player and understudy Louise Davidson did
not join the cast until April 2000, a few weeks after the rest of the 2nd
cast, because she was appearing in a tour of a
December 2000, two of the cast-members, namely Louise Gold and Lori
Haley Fox, used their holiday time from Mamma Mia to take on
starring roles in
November 2001 Louise Gold again used her holiday time from Mamma
Mia to take on a starring role in one of
It should perhaps be mentioned that Lori Haley Fox who was first understudy for Donna The Dynamo in Cast 2, and the understudy & alternate for that role in Cast 3, was also in Cast 1 where she was first understudy for Tanya (then played by Louise Plowright) and second understudy for the roles of Donna and Rosie. She has in fact at one time or another played each of the three Dynamo roles. And in particular, because Louise Plowright was busy with the cast 2 rehearsals, she played Tanya for several weeks prior to Louise Gold taking over the role on 20th March 2000.
The performance on 5th October 2001, in common with other productions of the show around the world, was done as a charity performance, in aid of The American Red Cross.
On Friday 16 November 2001 the cast, wonderfully lead by Louise Plowright appeared on Children In Need Night (during the between midnight and 1am slot) singing a medley from the show (Amanda Salmon sang I Have A Dream, The chorus performed the title song Mamma Mia, Louise Plowright lead the chorus with Rich Man’s World, and finally Louise Plowright led her fellow Dynamo’s Lesley Coleman and Lesley Nicol in Dancin’ Queen). Louise Gold was not among the cast in this appearance, presumably because she was ‘on holiday’ (see Du Barry Was A Lady (2001 Production) ), so Lesley Coleman took her place.
In 2002 BBC Radio 2 broadcast a three part series about ABBA, the final part, broadcast on 22 January 2002, was about Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus’s theatre work, finishing up with their ABBA songs in the show Mamma Mia. The broadcast played several tracks from the original cast album, namely: I Have A Dream, Mamma Mia, Chiquitita, and, Slipping Through My Fingers. The show was represented on the broadcast by comments from Judy Craymer, Catherine Johnson, and most notably Louise Plowright; who described Bjorn Ulvaeus very kindly telling her how to pronounce Chiquitita (the word is “Chi-kee-tee-ta” not “Chi-kar-tee-tar”)
October 2006, a new book was produced about the making of the musical Mamma
Mia. Titled “Mamma Mia! How Can I Resist You”,
the ISBN number is (ISBN – 10 0297844210 and ISBN – 13 = 978-0297844211. Lots of the people involved with the show
(mostly from its first year) are interviewed in it, including: Anthony Van Laast,
Judy Cramer, David Grinrod, Catherine Johnson, Phyllida Lloyd, Siobahn McCarthy, Louise Plowright,
It seems quite likely that at least one (possibly two - if she wasn’t on holiday at the time) of Louise Gold’s performances in Mamma Mia took place 28 (and possibly even 27) years to the day of her professional stage debut in Dick Whittington.
Mark Thompson had previously been the set designer for Comedy Tonight (well actually he was designing a set for Pericles, but kindly allowed it to be used for a gala).
Musical supervisor Martin Koch had previously been MD on what was probably Louise Gold’s West End debut The Pirates of Penzance, including The Pirates Of Penzance (Gala Performance), The Pirates Of Penzance (Gala Preview), The Pirates Of Penzance (Benefit Preview), and The Royal Variety Performance (1982).
Louise Gold and her 1st understudy Louise Davidson had previously appeared in the Lost Musicals production of Something For The Boys. They have gone on to appear as members of The Company Of Mary Poppins in a late night FUNdraising special.
Nicolas Colicos also appeared in Chicago & Company.
Louise Gold and Simon Coulthard went on to appear in Follies
Peter Forbes went on to appear in Regents Park 70th Anniversary Gala , in which Louise Gold sang Sing Your Supper with Mamma Mia Cast 1’s Jenny Galloway.
Howard Harrison has gone on to do the lighting designs for the inaugural production of The Water Babies which starred Louise Gold.
Andrew Bruce has gone on to do the sound design for the
Simon Slater had previously appeared in Casualty.
Martin Koch may have previously taken part in Thing A Thon.
Back in the mid 1990s Louise Plowright had the starring role
of April in the UK National Tour of The Hot Shoe Shuffle, the role had
been originated (in
Julie Atherton has gone on to try her hand at puppeteering in Avenue Q.
Louise Gold along with Lee William-Davis, and, Louise Davidson went on to return to The Prince Edward Theatre in Mary Poppins, (with Louise Davidson again understudying Louise Gold), for which Andrew Bruce was the sound designer, and, Howard Harrison the lighting designer.
Some eight years later Melissa Jacques (who had been third cover for Donna and Tanya and second cover for Rosie in Cast 2) ended up back in the cast as the alternate Donna Sheridan.
Louise Gold, and, Lee William-Davis have gone on to appear together in Darling of The Day.
Craig Pinder and Louise Gold have gone on to appear in Fiddler On The Roof.
Note, the show had been reviewed for the Musical Stages website immediately after the March 2000 cast change by Matti Adjalia, but was later rereviewed by Mark Barlow.
“Louise Gold as Tanya and Lesley Nicol as Rosie also had very hard acts to follow but both were excellent, and brought their own individuality to the roles distinguishing themselves from their predecessors” Mark Barlow, MUSICAL STAGES, 2000-2001
“Louise Plowright, promoted from her earlier role as best friend, has exactly the right mix of spunky determination and emotional vulnerability, as the mother, Donna, not to mention an exceptionally strong singing voice. Julie Atherton is achingly youthful and genuinely touching as her troubled daughter, and there is strong support from Louise Gold and Lesley Nicol as Donna’s mates, growing middle-aged disgracefully” Charles Spencer, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, 22 March 2000.
“The second "great": Mamma Mia. What can I say about this musical that hasn't been said before? That's it's a pure two hours of fun? That those songs work perfectly well as stage numbers? That the cast is top notch, from Louise Plowright to Louise Gold (with a special mention to Lesley Nicol)?” Mr Gerad, BALLPOINT, 2001
Links about Mamma Mia
Please note I am only including links to sites that are in English. There are some Japanese sites about Mamma Mia (but I am only including sites in my own language).
Official Show site, includes: facts about the various productions of the show, Ticket information (mostly for London Production, may have details for other productions), and Cast resumes for the current London Cast (including, of course Louise Gold): www.mamma-mia.com
Official Site Cast List - Links to Cast Resumes: www.mamma-mia.com/mamma_html.menub.htm
Cast Résumé’s on Offical Mamma Mia Show site: www.mamma-mia.com/mamma_html/cast1.htm
Theatre Radio’s interview with Louise Gold http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/news/display?contentId=88986
The Super Trouper Pages, a lovely photograph of the Cast 2/Cast 3 Dynamo’s in all their glory: http://home.wanadoo.nl/hans.vdh/abba/news01082101.htm and the same article in another language: http://www.expressen.se/article.asp?id=78466
Mamma Mia in London Yahoo Club, The Yahoo Club for discussing the London Production of Mamma Mia: http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/mammamiainlondon
Lives A Transcript of Channel 4 News item about Working Mothers, which
happens to feature the
Stages Online Review of Mamma Mia (once the 2nds cast came in), by Mark
Barlow: Also includes comments by users: Derek McGlone
An amusing news story (27 March 2000) about a well known Opera Singer (Rosalind Plowright) showing sororal fascination for this show: http://www.abbamail.com/latest15.htm
Louise Plowright Fan Website, a fan-produced website site for leading lady Louise Plowright: http://www.geocities.com/louiseplowrightfanwebsite/
Leading lady Louise Plowright’s Yahoo fan-club: http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/louiseplowright
Musical Stages Online listing information for Mamma Mia: www.musicalstages.co.uk/listings/mammamia_londonlisting.htm
Musical Stages Online Stop Press - an incredible catalogue of exclusive announcements about various West End Shows. Of particular note is one dating back to 2nd January 2000 announcing that Louise Gold would be among Mamma Mia's new cast, apparently she was "determined not to miss out" (scroll down to near the bottom of the page to read what they have to say about the Super Trouper): www.musicalstages.co.uk/news/newsdesk_archieve-early2000.htm
Musical Stages Online London Listing, announcing the 2nd Cast: www.members.aol.com/spiper007/MusicalStages/mammamia.htm
Abermule’s Mamma Mia listing: http://www.albemarle-london.com/mammamia.html#4
London Theatre Online, West End Venues The Prince Edward Theatre - Contains information about how to get to The Prince Edward Theatre, and the theatre's facilities for the disabled etc. For some strange reason it has a picture of the theatre in its Showboat days. Further links take you to Whats playing there now, giving the current cast list and performance times. A further link takes you to Darren Dalgish's review of the original cast: www.londontheatre.co.uk/londontheatre/westendvenues/princeedward.htm
Theatreticket.com - Mamma Mia Page - contains cast list and booking information: www.theatreticket.com/mamma.html
Show Listings: Contains booking , seating, and location information for Mamma Mia and The Prince Edward Theatre: www.solt.co.uk/listing.cfm?PLAY=Mamma%20Mia!&THEATRE=Prince%20Edward
Musical Heaven - Mamma Mia page. Barest information about the show, cast and songs. In fact some of their facts are incorrect (they have the London Production's second cast down as being the original: www.theatreticket.com/mamma_mia.html
Theatre Mania.com - Mamma Mia page. Contains barest details about the show (mentions precisely 4 cast members: Donna, Sophie, Tanya & Rosie) but does include performance schedule, range of ticket prices, and links to an online ticket seller There seem to be several versions of this page floating around.: www.theatremania.com/London/shows/mammamia-London/cast.cfm
BulletinBoard post of the Daily Telegraphs re-review (21 March 2000) of Mamma Mia once the Second cast came in: www.arts4all.com/newsletter/bulletinboard/bulletinboard.asp?bb=155&aid=2
1501 Broadway.com - mentions the Daily Telegraph re-review of Mamma Mia. The Bulletin Board version of this is more readable: www.1501broadway.com/libray/0400.txt
Ballpoint review by Mr Gerad of Mamma Mia and other shows: http://members.lycos.co.uk/Scrapbook2001/ReviewGerard.html :
Adam C Booth (actor who plays Pepper to Louise Gold’s Tanya in Cast 3)’s Yahoo Fan Club: http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/adamcbooth
Chorus member Tim Stanley’s Yahoo Fan Club: http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/timstanley
Gail MacKinnon (the actress who played Lisa in Cast 2)’s theatre work (including Mamma Mia) on her website: http://www.gailmackinnon.net/biog.htm
Julie Atherton’s official website: http://www.julieatherton.com/ includes photos of Mamma Mia.
Avenue Q’s official
A review, by
Jay Frasca’s Fansite’s page for the show: http://www.jyefrasca.com/mammamia.html
Robert O’Keefe’s Diary of a trip to
A review, by
A review, by
London Messagboards: http://mammamialondon.proboards.com/
- A messageboard
discussion forum for fans of the