Reviewed by Lindsay Burton
Based on the story and characters from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, director Jason Moore’s hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy.
Join Shrek (Steffan Harri), our unlikely hero and his noble steed and loyal sidekick, Donkey (Marcus Ayton), as the unlikely duo set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful and temperamental Princess Fiona (Amelia Lily) from her tower. Which is, of course, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Throw in a vertically challenged Lord Farquaad (Samuel Holmes), a gang of fairytale misfits, and a cookie with attitude, and you’ve got an glorious mix of adventure, laughter and romance, a production enjoyed by the entire audience.
On the stage, the show bought to us by David Lindsay-Abaire (Book and Lyrics), Jason Moore (Director), Tim Hatley (Set, Costume and Puppet Designer), Josh Prince (Choreographer) and Jeanine Tesori (Music) is no easy feat, and behind the scenes, I can imagine its pure chaos! There’s just so much going on, it’s hard to keep up. From the complicated musical score to the constant changes of scenery, the inventive costumes, special effects, props and trickery – your eyes are darting from one side of the stage to the next. One of the highlights of the production was the huge dragon puppet, absolutely fantastic.
The Theatre Royal, built in 1865 and most recently refurbished in 1978, is a four-tiered theatre located in the heart of Nottingham City Centre. It has seven fully licensed bars including The Green Room Cafe Bar on the ground floor and The Restaurant on the dress circle level. There are plenty of public car parks nearby and a tram stop right outside. The staff were friendly and helpful and the facilities clean.
Special mention to Lord Farquaad (Samuel Holmes), who performed with such talent, practically on his knees throughout the entire show! He provided the audience with many side-splitting moments! An energetic and wonderfully talented cast provides an evening filled with fun and laughter, giggling and cheering throughout. Don’t miss this wonderful show!
Tickets cost from £20 to £49.50 (booking fees may apply).
Shrek the Musical is at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham from 11-23 September 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.trch.co.uk or call the box office on 0115 989 5555.
Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND