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Our Favourite Musical Mums


By frankie First Published 18 March 2020, Last Updated 28 March 2022

How best to celebrate Mother’s Day when you’re a stage fan? By giving a shout-out to our favourite on-stage mums! As it turns out, not everyone in the office holds Donna Sheridan in such high esteem as I do… In fact, there was such a range of responses that we decided to share them with you and let you make up your own minds! 

What’s more, if you’re still struggling to get your mum the present she really deserves this Mother’s Day, why not treat her to some super cute Theatre Tokens for when the venues are back up and running! Theatre Tokens can be used at more than 260 venues across the country and have no expiry date. Support the theatre industry while bagging mum a great gift – it’s a win-win!


Donna Sheridan – Mamma Mia!

Harriet – Listings Administrator:

‘For me, Donna is the ultimate fun mum. She’s impulsive, adventurous and has a great sense of humour – not to mention she really made the most of her youth! She’s also independent and entrepreneurial, making her an amazing role model for her daughter Sophie, who she brought up alone. Her long-lasting friendships with Tanya and Rosie prove she’s fiercely loyal, plus a supportive fellow girl band member (go, Donna and the Dynamos!). Finally, Donna is a doting mother to Sophie (who didn’t shed a tear at Slipping Through My Fingers?), who she teaches to be just as headstrong as her.’


Edna Turnblad – Hairspray

Milly – Video Production Manager:

‘I love Edna’s character journey. She starts off shy and humble, and ends the show emboldened and unashamed with the help of her loving family. Edna empathises with her daughter Tracy, which is partly why she doesn’t want her going on The Corny Collins show – she knows how it feels to be made fun of. But ultimately, her transition from stay-at-home mum to high-flying agent stems from her love for Tracy and shows huge bravery in the face of discrimination. Sidenote – Edna and Wilbur are couple goals.’


Fantine – Les Misérables

Megan – Senior Media & Marketing Manager:


‘Fantine is the epitome of a self-sacrificing parent. She does what she believes is best for her child (no matter how misguided this may be), and her tragic fate stems entirely from her desire to give Cosette a better life. She also isn’t afraid to call out and throw shade at other women who try to tear her down!’


Heidi Hansen – Dear Evan Hansen

Kayley – Events & Partnerships Manager:

‘Heidi is my favourite West End mum because, her character is multifaceted and relatable! As a single mum, she’s torn between providing for her son and being a present parent. She tries her best to connect with Evan but, as is often the case for parents of teens, struggles to understand his inner workings. She certainly isn’t perfect, but she does learn from her mistakes in an attempt to improve her relationship with her son – and isn’t that all we can ask for?’


Nurse – & Juliet

Jess – Social Media Manager:

Cast of & Juliet

‘The Nurse in & Juliet is more of a mum to Juliet than her actual mum ever is. She looks out for Juliet as a person rather than just her prospects or future, and treads the line carefully between encouraging her independence and keeping her safe. But, as we all know, mums and mum figures need a day off too, and Nurse isn’t afraid to have her own fun and pursue her own dreams too!’


Miss Honey – Matilda The Musical

Kitty – Listings & Content Coordinator:

‘For me, Miss Honey is the West End’s best mum. She believes in Matilda to such an extent that she puts aside her own fears to stand up for her. She nurtures and encourages Matilda far more than her parents, assuring her that she is special and that her extraordinary intelligence is nothing to be ashamed of – the total opposite of what Matilda is used to hearing! Her love for Matilda, as well as her capability as a teacher, is even more admirable in the knowledge that she hasn’t experienced much love herself.’


Sarabi – Disney’s The Lion King

Eva – Communications Officer:

‘Although Sarabi doesn’t feature too heavily in the show, she is still my favourite West End mum. Her resolve in the face of her husband’s death and son’s disappearance deserves far more credit than it gets! She is an amazing role model for the remainder of the pride, who she continues to lead with dignity and grace – despite the awful circumstances they must endure. She also stands up to the dictatorial Scar, insisting that the pride must leave their beloved Pride Rock (which of course she doesn’t want to) if they are to survive. All in all, a pretty gritty lioness!’


Winifred Banks – Mary Poppins

Tess – Junior Designer:

‘Winifred Banks’ experience as a mum mirrors that of so many women, which is why I really empathise with her! She is trapped in a society where the primary function of women is to be the perfect wife and mother, and although she is desperate to please, somehow never quite gets it right. Despite her frustrations, however, she remains loyal and sympathetic to her husband (even when he doesn’t deserve it!), demanding that people treat him with a respect that sadly, a woman of her time can only dream of. Plus, let’s not forget that in the film version of the musical, she’s a suffragette! + 50 points.’


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