Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! (2009) was a musical produced by Blixten & Co and Folketeateret, based on the musical by Catherine Johnson (book), in turn based on songs by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (music and lyrics).

Johan Osuldsen directed it. He built his direction on the English original direction.

Heidi Gjermundsen Broch played the role of Donna.

Kjersti Elvik played Ruth.

Arlene Wilkes played Tanja.


(Objekt ID 32897)
Object type Production
Premiere March 19, 2009
Produced by Folketeateret
Based on Mamma Mia! by Catherine Johnson, Björn Ulvaeus, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Benny Andersson
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian
Keywords Musical
Running period March 19, 2009  
Duration 2 hours and 40 minutes, including an interval
Website Folketeateret

Mamma Mia! was the opening production in the newly renovated Folketeateret.

The building, next to Youngstorget in Oslo, was finished in 1935, and first housed a cinema from 1935 to 1952, next the private theatre Folketeatret from 1952 to 1959 (from 1959 part of Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre), and then The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet from 1959 to 2007.From time to time Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) also used the building for performances after the opera had been established and had moved in.

A major renovation took place before Folketeateret again became a private theatre.

With its 1400 seats Folketeateret is the largest privately owned theatre in Norway, and it was officially opened the opening night of Mamma Mia! - March 19 2009. Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson did the official opening.


Apelland, Hans Einar. E-mail; 20.01.2017


Store Norske Leksikon,, 13.01.2013,

Einar Dahl's private archive, donated by Einar Dahl, 24.11.2015

Performance dates
March 19, 2009Hovedscenen i Folketeaterbygningen National premiere, Norway
Press coverage

Lillian Bikset, Mamma Mia er en vinner (literally: Mamma Mia is a winner), Dagbladet, 20.03.2009:

"In stage design the musical is close to the London original, in dramaturgy it rarely leaves the original musical or movie. Linguistically it is new. But what makes the Oslo version a new version still is, first and foremost, the ensemble. Among them, the 'Mamma Mia' herself, Heidi Gjermundsen Broch. That she, aged 34, is only 12 years older than her stage daughter Mari Lerberg Fossum is a minor distraction, but Heidi is a 'Super Trouper' and makes the role her own. Her well-synched sidekicks, Kjersti Elvik and Arlene Wilkes, are also a dynamic duo, reminding us it has been far too long since we last saw the latter on a Norwegian stage (theatre managers: take note). The trio of fathers is not up to the same high level. Paul Ottar Haga uses charm enough for all three of them, but Heine Totland overdoes his feminine gestures and Nils Christian Fossdal seems to be rather anonymous. Our young couple in love, Espen Grjotheim and Mari Lerberg Fossum, both fit their roles. They are cute, interact well and have noticeable chemistry onstage."

IdaLou Larsen, Uimotståelig Mamma Mia! (literally: Irrestistible Mamma Mia!), Klassekampen 21.03.2008:

"A fabulous young ensemble with enormous energy surplus, strong interpretation of the main characters and last, but not least, the music of ABBA: Mamma Mia, how can I resist you?"