PREVIEW: Shrek the Musical at Newcastle Theatre Royal

ON STAGE ... Shrek The Musical is at Newcastle's Theatre Royal. Dean Chisnall as Shrek and Faye Brookes as Princess Fiona.

ON STAGE ... Shrek The Musical is at Newcastle's Theatre Royal. Dean Chisnall as Shrek and Faye Brookes as Princess Fiona.

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Something huge is coming indeed! The larger than life production, Shrek the Musical will be heading to Newcastle Theatre Royal as part of the show’s first national UK tour this week!

Coming direct from London, where it was seen live on stage by nearly a million people, the UK tour of the Drury Lane production of Shrek the Musical will be directed by Nigel Harman who starred as Lord Farquaad in the west end production, winning him the 2012 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

Shrek the Musical is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek!, but will be known to most of us as the Oscar winning DreamWorks Animations feature film that had us laughing with Donkey and quivering at the sight of Lord Farquaad...well, kind of!

Bill Damaschke, Chief Creative Officer of DreamWorks said: “We are thrilled that Shrek and his fairy-tale friends will be heading out on tour across the UK and Ireland and delighted that our very own Nigel Harman will be directing Shrek the Musicalon the road. It has been such a joy to bring this loved story to life and we can’t wait for families up and down the country to experience their beloved swamp-dwelling ogre, Princess Fiona, Donkey and all their pals live on stage, as so many have on Broadway and in the west end.”

Director of Shrek the Musical UK and Ireland Tour, Nigel Harman said: “I am delighted to be returning to Shrek as its director. This show is very special to me with its dizzying blend of great characters, a hilarious script and sublime music. This production is visually stunning, and the story has the magic ingredient of moving at great pace while still being surprisingly intimate. In short, there was no way I was going to say no to the challenge of realising the production for the UK and Ireland. I really can’t wait to take this show on the road!”

Shrek the Musical opened on Broadway in 2008 before touring to nearly 150 cities in the USA and Canada. Productions of Shrek the Musical have played in Spain, Poland, France, Malaysia, China, Brazil, Italy, Denmark, The Netherlands, Estonia, Israel and Turkey but this is the very first UK tour!

Shrek the Musical appears at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Wednesday 11 – Sunday 29 March 2015. Tickets are available from £16.00 (subject to change, booking fees apply) and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or select your own seat and book online at www.theatreroyal.co.uk