Shrek, the internet’s favourite ogre, is currently on tour around the UK with a musical adaption of the original film, bringing the beloved characters to life on stage. With a talented ensemble cast who capture the essence of their animated counterparts, this production offers a perfect blend of humour, heart, and infectious energy that will have you dancing out the doors.
Complete with original music by Jeanine Tesori that is performed by a live band, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, and complex dance numbers originally choreographed by Josh Prince, this show is sure to go down a treat for families of all ages.
The cast is led by Antony Lawrence, who embodies the lovable ogre with both charm and depth. From his crass humour to his more vulnerable side, Lawrence delivers a nuanced portrayal with an impressively strong voice to carry solos such as Big Bright Beautiful World and Who I’d Be. Joanne Clifton shines as Princess Fiona, bringing a sassy attitude and impeccable comedic timing, making her a strong leading lady who holds her own against the other big personalities.
Playing the faithful companion is Brandon Lee Sears as Donkey, with boundless energy and a charismatic stage presence. The dynamic between Shrek and Donkey is a highlight of the show, providing plenty of laughs and heart-warming moments.
A true scene-stealer is Olivier Award nominee James Gillan as the evil yet fabulous Lord Farquaad. Gillan is a joy to watch prance around the stage, garnering plenty of laughs whenever they are present with a simple swish of the hair.
The ensemble cast’s seamless choreography and vibrant energy create a lively and engaging atmosphere that draws the audience into the fairy-tale world. Cherece Richards as Dragon and Georgie Buckland as Gingy are both standout performers, with amazing vocal range and control that makes you sit up and listen. They are definitely both ones to watch out for. The attention to detail in the set design, costumes, and clever use of stagecraft through projections all enhance the whimsical nature of the story, creating a visually colourful and immersive experience.
Shrek the Musical benefits from a talented cast, fun musical numbers, and an impressive production, making this show a must-see for kids big and small alike.