Every year for the past 30-odd years there has been talk of an Abba reunion. Since they broke up in 1982, however, all 4 members of the group have rarely been seen in public together and have only performed once – in June 2016 at a private party to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of when Benny met Bjorn. Now, however, we have the opportunity to enjoy a major new immersive exhibition celebrating the 70s super-group which may well be the closest we get to re-living their extraordinary legacy. It’s almost like they’re in the room.
Set against the shifting social and political context of the 70s, the show features previously unseen archive material, original costumes, (although none, sadly, to try on – as if any of us could even get close to Agnetha in a leotard), personal photographs, instruments and album artwork.
And given that it’s at The Southbank Centre, only a few steps away from Waterloo, it’s almost like we’re finally coming full circle.
ABBA: Super Troupers opens on December 14 and will run until April 29, 2018, at the Southbank Centre; www.southbankcentre.co.uk