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Interview for MAMMA MIA! The Party with Linda John-Pierre

by Emily Healey-Lynham

Linda John-Pierre is currently starring in Mamma Mia! The Party as Debbie which has it’s Green Taverna doors open at the O2. The show features a musical extravaganza, a four-course authentic Greek feast and an ABBA disco!

Tell us a bit about the premise of MAMMA MIA! The Party?

Boy meets girl… They fall in love and it’s happy ever after!

Is there a strong link between the original MAMMA MIA! stage production/films and MAMMA MIA! The Party?

Not really. The main link are the ABBA songs

What do you think audiences might find surprising about MAMMA MIA! The Party?

The audiences are surprised by the food, the immersive element… the aerial moment.

Do you have opportunities to interact with the audience or improvise on the night?

The character Debbie has quite a few moments to interact with the audience during the show and she loves it!

Why do you think people should come along to see MAMMA MIA! The Party?

People should come see the show because it’s so different!

What has been your favourite role you have played generally and why?

My favourite role? I’ve many! But I’ll say playing Debbie in MM!TP is a strong favourite.

Linda John Pierre as Debbie Jonathon Bentley as Adam in Mamma Mia The Party © Grant Walker

How did you get into acting, and was there a particular performance you saw that resonated with you?

I got into acting because I sang from an early age. I saw Ippy Tombie, an African-inspired drumming musical, when I was 5 years old.

What is the most rewarding thing about your work?

The most rewarding thing about performing is when people consistently state how happy they are, including their getting emotional because the music brings back memories.

Who are your influences and inspirations?

Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, Danny Glover, and Morgan Freeman.

Is there a role you would love to play in a show?

I prefer TV and film! I’m already playing my dream role.

Where can people follow your work on social media?

Instagram: @Lindajohnpierre

See Linda John Pierre in MAMMA MIA! The Party at The O2 Arena.


  • Emily Healey-Lynham

    Emily has been involved in the media industry for well over 10 years from working on film sets to journalism and PR. Emily is a strategic, energetic Editor who has been with Bespoke since the start heading up the Culture department. Being a fan of all art forms from the theatre to films, literature to exhibitions Emily is usually found in the stalls of a theatre telling you where the cast have been seen before without looking in the programme or fact finding in an art gallery, failing that she will be sipping champagne at the bar regaling stories of "glory days" of the West End!

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