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Previewed 6 May 2011, Opened 14 June 2011, Closed 24 February 2013 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London
This new stage musical is based on the story and characters from William Steig's book Shrek! and the Oscar-winning animated feature film Shrek, the first chapter in the much loved series of irreverent fairy tales. Join Shrek, our unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey, as they set off on an adventure to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona, from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add a wannabe King with a height complex, a bunch of fairytale superstars, and a biscuit with an attitude, and you've got next year's must see new musical comedy - Shrek The Musical.
Shrek The Musical features all new songs as well as the cult Shrek anthem - I'm a Believer. The stage musical has book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori.
"As musicals go, this show hits the target spot on. It combines all the right ingredients - slick appeal, warmth, clever lyrics, catchy songs and a tremendous comic appeal from a cast who appear to be enjoying themselves. There is little doubt it will prove a crowd-puller, as it did in New York. It has great family appeal and, judging from the audience reaction last night - there were many youngsters present - it will prove a big hit... Directors Jason Moore and Rob Ashford steer a fast-moving, brilliant show that will simply pull in the audiences." The Daily Express
"Great movies can be fabulous stage musicals; something to sing about and tap along to. But for every Billy Elliot, there's a Wizard Of Oz. And now Shrek. Not dire, just disappointing... It's Beauty And The Beast, but with a twist, because this beautiful princess has a secret. When dusk falls, she turns into something quite other than her slender gorgeous royal self, and it ain't pretty. But the moral of this fairy tale is, as Shrek puts it, 'Beautiful ain't always pretty'. Moreover, frogs (or ogres for that matter) can turn out to be princes, in their way. While the romance of the story can't fail, this show seldom enchants. David Lindsay-Abaire's book and lyrics are witlessly limp and Jeanine Tesori's score is drearily unmemorable but for Princess Fiona's chirpy I'm A Morning Person and I Think I Got You Beat... Garishly spectacular as Tim Hatley's designs are, the cavalcade of fairytale characters feels exactly like a cavalcade of fairytale characters; an extravagant costume party... Still, there are entertaining moments. In one, the curtain rises on a chorusline of tap-dancing rats, a nod to 42nd Street. Best of all is a magnificent purple dragon who soars above the stalls belching smoke and who has a magnificently soaring voice (Landi Oshinowo)... What might have been a monster hit is just a bit panto." The Mail on Sunday
Suitable for ages 4 plus, Shrek The Musical in London is directed by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford with choreography by Josh Prince, designs by Tim Hatley, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Peter Hylenski.
Shrek The Musical in London at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane Theatre previewed from 6 May 2011, opened on 14 June 2011 and closed 24 February 2013.