Mamma Mia! The Party

View of Mamma Mia The Part venue proposed building on Stamford Street

We are working with Mamma Mia! The Party to create an exciting new temporary venue on a site adjacent to the Coin Street neighbourhood centre on Stamford Street, London SE1. It is a show set within a Greek taverna, where the audience will be served Mediterranean food and entertained by a cast of actors and musicians, who will transport them to the Greek island paradise.

The proposal

The proposal is to create a 500-seat temporary venue designed by Haworth Tompkins architects.  The venue is designed to be acoustically sealed so sound generated inside will not be audible from the outside. Haworth Tompkins have designed the adjacent Coin Street neighbourhood centre and Iroko Housing Co-op, and were the architects responsible for the Young Vic, the Everyman in Liverpool, and the refurbishment of the National and Royal Court theatres. Planning permission is being sought to operate for 5 years.


The team behind Mamma Mia! The Party have undertaken consultation locally since May and held a public exhibition about the proposals in June. The Mamma Mia! The Party team and Coin Street team have attended a number of residents’ meetings – including the quarterly South Bank Forum chaired by our local MP and attended by the ward councillors.

Following feedback from residents during the consultation, a number of changes have been made to the proposals. These include:

  • Closing earlier by half an hour each night. The show will finish at 10.15pm with guests having over an hour to gradually disperse
  • Reducing the carbon footprint of the temporary venue (with a reduced the height and size of the building plus added solar panels and a green roof)

Visitor management is key and therefore Mamma Mia! The Party team has appointed the former Head of Events for the London 2012 Olympics to create a robust visitor management plan. This will include:

  • Trained and regulated security staff outside the venue before, during and at the end of the show
  • Directing visitors past King’s College along Stamford Street towards Waterloo station, proactively guiding visitors away from Cornwall Road (these directions will also be printed on tickets)
  • A forum with local residents and stakeholders that will meet regularly and provide opportunity to review visitor management
  • A dedicated number for residents to call if there are any concerns during operating hours
  • Deliveries will be kept to a minimum and made via the inset pavement area on Cornwall Road, with a goods lift incorporated into the building design to enable deliveries to be offloaded quickly.

Community benefits

The proposal has substantial community benefits.

  • Up to 50 jobs which will be targeted at local residents in the first instance
  • Apprenticeships with Mamma Mia! The Party’s chosen catering contractor targeted at local residents.
  • Training sessions with hands-on experience of lighting, sound and other technical facilities
  • Use of the venue by community groups during down-town (e.g during the daytime ahead of performances or on Tuesdays when there will be no show)
  • Setting up a community fund which local groups and residents can apply for grant funding to help with activities and support food causes
  • A ‘per head’ s106 contribution to be spent in the local area

The site and housing

The permanent use for the site will be phase 2 of our neighbourhood centre. The proposed site has never been earmarked or received consent for housing. Until we’re ready to move forward with phase 2 of the neighbourhood centre, we feel Mamma Mia! The Party to be a creative and appropriate temporary use.

We have created 220 award winning co-operative homes and are discussing the viability of creating intermediate co-operative housing for rent within our Doon Street scheme.

Social enterprise

We are a social enterprise. Coin Street Community Builders is a not-for-profit organisation, with income generated from our commercial activities such as venue hire retained to be used on our organisational objective. The rent paid for the use of the site will contribute to meeting Coin Street’s costs. This includes

  • Managing and maintaining the public realm (including Bernie Spain Garden and a busy stretch of the Riverside Walkway on the South Bank)
  • Managing and maintaining our buildings, including the iconic Oxo Tower Wharf
  • To provide community activities (including family support for vulnerable and challenged families in Lambeth and Southwark, our children’s nursery which acts as an enhanced provider for children with special educational needs and our wide ranging community programmes including free activities and events and learning, employment and training support for local people)
  • Supporting our organisational costs (we are proud to be a London Living Wage employer with over 50% of our staff working in our childcare or community teams)
  • Servicing our bank loans which were needed to purchase the land, to fund our developments to date and for feasibility for longer term plans, e.g. to provide a nursing home and services for older people in our community on our Gabriel’s Wharf site

Further information

Coin Street Community Builders:
Mamma Mia! The Party: