REVIEW: ‘Shrek The Musical’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, August 2015

 

What do you get if you put a cranky ogre called Shrek, a wisecracking donkey, a feisty princess and a mini megalomaniac on stage; then add singing, dancing and heaps of humour? A MONSTER of a musical, of course!

The cast of Shrek The Musical do a ridiculously good job of bringing the weirdly wonderful tale of the swamp-dwelling recluse to life. Taking “ogre” Milton Keynes Theatre for a three-week run, this vibrant show proved itself nothing short of Shrektacular last night.

Based on the 2001 DreamWorks film, the magical musical premiered in the West End in 2011 and spent two years wowing London audiences. Now on the road, under the slick direction of former company member Nigel Harman, the touring production is enchanting theatregoers nationwide.

 

Shrek The Musical. Shrek and Princess Fiona. Photo by Helen Maybanks,

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REVIEW: ‘Shrek The Musical’ – Theatre Royal Drury Lane, March 2012

 

An enchanting “Shrektacular” at Shrek The Musical

 

Shrek The Musical is based on the 2001 DreamWorks film, a firm family favourite. Capturing the magic of animation, the show begins with sets that open up like the pages of a children’s storybook. Directed by Rob Ashford and Jason Moore at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, the production brings the unforgettable film characters to life and explores their underlying feelings and motives.

A trip to theatreland is always magical but never more so than when the unlikely hero is a green ogre who finds himself caught up in a rescue mission more suited to a handsome knight in shining armour.

Settled into a brilliant front row seat, I sat back in ready anticipation as a green glow was cast onstage and Shrek ambled out from the wings, keen to tell us his story and describe the persecution he has faced.

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Shrek The Musical: Dean Chisnall as Shrek, Richard Blackwood as Donkey and Kimberley Walsh as Princess Fiona.

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