Why See Shrek The Musical?
THE MUST-SEE MUSICAL THAT?S LARGER THAN LIFE
Based on the Oscar-winner animation film, Shrek the Musical is an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza about an ogre and his love for a princess. Delightfully enchanting, hugely entertaining and definitely larger than life, the much-loved musical comedy is a brilliant blend of light-hearted humour and satire, making it a great show for the whole family. Shrek the Musical captures all the charm and charisma of the film, and features an all-new musical score, save the Shrek anthem 'I'm a Believer'.
The West End production of Shrek the Musical sees screen and stage actor Nigel Lindsay in the title role. Actress, singer and presenter (and judge on Britain?s Got Talent) Amanda Holden plays the lovely Princess Fiona. British comedian, actor and rapper Richard Blackwood plays the talkative Donkey, while the short and sour Lord Farquaad is played by EastEnders star Nigel Harman.
WHAT IS SHREK THE MUSICAL ABOUT?
Shrek, a large green ogre, lives alone in his swamp. When a whole host of fairytale creatures, evicted from the Kingdom of Duloc, begin squatting on his land, Shrek sets off to address the matter with Lord Farquaad. On his way he rescues Donkey from a gang of Farquaad's ruffians. The grateful Donkey offers his friendship and guidance to the lost and grumpy ogre. At Castle Duloc, Farquaad demands that in exchange for getting his swamp back, Shrek must rescue Princess Fiona (whom Farquaad intends to marry).
Shrek and his unlikely steed set off, overcome numerous obstacles and rescue the feisty and demanding princess. Gradually, as they travel back to the castle, the princess and ogre grow more and more fond of each other. But misunderstands are rife, and Fiona has a secret. Can love override their differences?
DID YOU KNOW?
Both Shrek the Musical and the 2001 film are based on a 1990s book the famous New Yorker cartoonist and author, William Steig.
Previews from: 6 May 2011
Opening night: 14 June 2011
Shrek The Musical is recommended for a general audience. As an advisory to adults who might bring young people, the show is suitable for ages 5 and up. It is the policy of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane that any child under the age of 4 will not be admitted into the theatre. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
Two hours and 15 minutes with one 15 minute interval
And before you stop reading
Please Note: Shrek The Musical cannot guarantee a particular cast member will be performing. A cast list is published daily in the theatre foyer.
Cast and Creative
Dean Chisnall as Shrek
Neil McDermott as Lord Farquaad
Richard Blackwood as Donkey
Kimberley Walsh as Princess Fiona (to 21st May)
Carley Stenson as Princess Fiona (from 21st May)
Jon-Scott Clark as Peter Pan
Ste Clough as Pig
Ricardo Coke-Thomas as White Rabbit
Blaise Colangelo as Teen Fiona, Tweedle Dum
Lucie Downer as Baby Bear, Blind Mouse
Oliver Eyre (Papa Ogre, Pig, Thelonius)
Alice Fearn (Sugar Plum Fairy, Gingy)
Lucy Maria Gill (Humpty Dumpty, Blind Mouse)
Clare Halse (Tweedle Dee)
Bradley Jaden (Papa Bear)
Aaron Lee Lambert (Pig)
Marc Leslie (Mad Hatter)
Alastair Natkiel (Captain of the Guard, Wolf, Bishop)
Landi Oshinowo (Dragon, Ugly Duckling)
Joseph Prouse (Guard, King, Pied Piper)
Ashley J Russell (Mama Ogre, Mama Bear)
Jonathan Stewart (Pinocchio)
Lucy Tapp (Queen, Witch)
Karli Vale (Fairy Godmother, Blind Mouse)
CreativeDirected by Jason Moore
Choreography by Josh Prince
Set and Costume Design by Tim Hatley
Lighting Design by Hugh Vanstone
Music Direction by Tim Weil
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Book by David Lindsay-Abaire
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