Amanda Holden as Princess Fiona, Nigel Lindsay as Shrek, Nigel Harman as Lord Farquaad & Richard Blackwood as Donkey in Shrek The Musical. Photo © by Jason Bell
Shrek the Musical ® opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on May 6, 2011 starring Nigel Lindsay as Shrek, Richard Blackwood as Donkey, Nigel Harman as Lord Farquaad and Amanda Holden as Princess Fiona.
Shrek the Musical ® tells the story, loved by people of all ages, of the swamp-dwelling ogre who, in a faraway kingdom, embarks on a life-changing adventure in order to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey who won't shut up, this unlikely hero - not a handsome prince - fights a fearsome dragon, rescues the feisty Princess Fiona and learns that real friendship and true love aren't only found in fairy tales. With all-new songs, and an old favourite in I'm a Believer, this spectacular stage musical brings to life the film's cast of dysfunctional characters and the accompanying subversive fun.
Shrek the Musical ® played on Broadway from December 2008 to January 2010 and was nominated for eight Tony Awards®, winning Tim Hatley the Tony for Best Costume Design of a Musical. The original creative team has now re-assembled to stage the production with new songs and additional scenes. A production opened in Chicago on July 25, 2010 and is touring 60 cities in the United States.
Shrek the Musical ® is DreamWorks Animation's first theatre venture. The production was initiated when Sam Mendes, a fan of the first Shrek film, suggested the idea of creating a musical to DreamWorks Animation's Jeffrey Katzenberg around the time that the second film (Shrek 2) was in production. The musical is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals (Bill Damaschke, president) and London-based Neal Street Productions (Caro Newling, producer).
Info: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5JF | www.shrekthemusical.co.uk | 0844 871 8810