It will recreate the rise to enormous worldwide fame and lasting legacy of the band (Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad), set against the shifting socio-economic and political conditions of the time.
Audiences will be “transported” on a journey through previously unseen archive material including original costumes, handwritten notes and sketches, personal photographs, music and instruments, plus album artwork, photography and film by notable collaborators such as film director Lasse Hallström.
Better still, theatrical backdrops will recreate some of the most significant events from their heyday – including a hotel room, music studio and the disco – and provide context to the evolution of their creative process and their enduring appeal, from the Mamma Mia! phenomenon to their multi-million record sales worldwide.
Against the backdrop of 1970s Britain – a financial crisis, a wave of strikes and a three-day working week – Abba infiltrated the popular consciousness with their optimism and dominated the airwaves with their seemingly carefree pop.
The show hopes to go beneath the surface to examine the serious stories behind the unforgettable lyrics and tunes, the band’s innovative multi-layered sound, their pioneering approach to the music video and the influence of their unique styling on successive generations.
Objects from ABBA The Museum and private archives will be brought together in the UK for the first time, charting the success of the global pop sensation from their individual careers to their Eurovision Song Contest win and subsequent international stardom, as they topped the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982.
ABBA: Super Troupers, 14 December 2017 – 29 April 2018, Spirit Level at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. For ages 7+. Not suitable for younger children (including toddlers and babes in arms).
£25 £20 £15. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday 6 July.