We all know and love Shrek: the 2000s cult classic is returning to our stages, setting off on a national tour. The brand-new production of ‘Shrek the Musical’ will open at Plymouth Theatre Royal on July 21, 2023, and will tour through to April 2024 to a total of 31 venues across the UK and Ireland. The musical is coming to Edinburgh Playhouse between January 22 and 27, 2024, featuring a stellar cast with Antony Lawrence and Joanne Clifton.
Spectators will be taken to a land Far Far Away and join Shrek and Donkey on an adventure to complete their quest of defeating the dragon and saving Princess Fiona. Featuring fabulous songs including ‘I’m A Believer’, ‘Big Bright Beautiful World’ and ’I Know It’s Today’. Today, Shrek the Musical is officially known as the “musical extravaganza for big and little kids alike”.
Shrek The Musical announced their full cast line-up today (May 23). Cherece Richards (Once on This Island, Regent’s Park Theatre) will make her debut in a principal role as the Dragon, joining the Shrek-tacular principal cast line-up which includes Antony Lawrence as Shrek, Joanne Clifton playing Princess Fiona, James Gillan starring as Lord Farquaad and Brandon Lee Sears as Donkey.
From the producers of ‘Hairspray’ and ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’, ‘Shrek the Musical’ gathered a new creative team to re-image the award-winning Broadway and West End hit show for a new audience, featuring all the classic characters from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film and the nostalgic songs and story from David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori’s original musical.
The team joining forces includes director and choreographer Nick Winston (Bonnie and Clyde, Arts Theatre; Beauty and the Beast, UK tour), co-director Sam Holmes (Club Tropicana the Musical), who has actually starred as Lord Farquaad in the previous UK tour. He is joined by set and costume design guru, Philip Witcomb, Ben Cracknel (Lighting), Jim Arnold (Casting) and Ben Harrison (Sound), Nina Dunn (Projection Design) and Jimmy Grimes (Puppet Design).
Shrek The Musical Scotland showings
September 12 – September 16, 2023: His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
January 15 – January 20, 2024: Glasgow Kings Theatre
January 22 – January 27, 2024: Edinburgh Playhouse