On what turned out to be a very hot day in London on Saturday, my son decided he would love to go and see Shrek The Musical, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, just off Covent Garden. Having quite enjoyed the animated films myself I went with an open mind. We had purchased some cheap seats earlier in the day but on arrival for the matinée performance we were upgraded ‘free of charge‘ to the stalls. I have to say all the staff there were very helpful and were very patient, most of whom looked like university students, who often get a bad image. Everybody child was made to feel special.
Well the show was based exclusively on the first movie, so I will not bore you with the details. Suffice to say it was quite loyal to the original plot. If I found fault in it was that the voice of Shrek played by Dean Chisnall was lower it would seem than other actors voices. There was jokes a plenty aimed at either adults or everyone which kept us all amused. The stage sets were highly colourful with the show being fast-moving and exciting. The new songs worked very well indeed. We had Carley Stenson, phenomenal voice, as Princess Fiona and Richard Blackwood who was surely made to play Donkey.
The show for me was stolen by the character Lord Farquaad played admirably by Neil McDermott. Even more so for the fact ninety percent of the time he performed on his knees. The cast was not vast so the supporting actors had to play a multitude of characters so a special mention should go out to them too. The two and half hour show, with obligatory interval, was wrapped up by the show stopping rendition of ‘I’m A Believer‘ and a satisfied father and son returned to the streets of London.
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