Musical Shrek headed to city

The UK and Ireland tour of Shrek the Musical has premiered in Leeds before kicking off the UK and Ireland tour which will take the production to Aberdeen on January 21.

His Majesty’s Theatre will be the first Scottish stop for the show 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.

Coming direct from London, where it was seen live on stage by nearly a million people, the touring production of Shrek the Musical will star Dean Chisnall as the beloved swamp-dwelling ogre, the role he previously played in the West End, Faye Brookes as damsel in distress Princess Fiona, Idriss Kargbo as Shrek’s wisecracking sidekick Donkey and Gerard Carey as pint-sized villain Lord Farquaad.

They will be joined by a full company of fairy-tale characters played by Bronté Barbé, Nikki Bentley, Jennifer Caldwell, Candace Furbert, Steffan Harri, Will Haswell, James Lacey, Mia Lincoln, Rory Maguire, Neil Moors, Jenny O’Leary, Georgina Parkinson, Ryan Reid, Leo Roberts, Jacqui Sanchez, Oliver Tester, James Winter, Kerry Winter and Kevin Yates.

Shrek the Musical, written by David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori and originally directed (in the West End) by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford, is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! and the Academy Award®-winning DreamWorks Animations feature film.

The show opened on Broadway in 2008 before touring to nearly 150 cities in the USA and Canada and productions have played in Spain, Poland, France, Malaysia, China, Brazil, Italy, Denmark, The Netherlands, Estonia, Israel and Turkey.

The UK and Ireland tour is being presented by Dreamworks Theatricals, Neal Street Productions, Playful Productions, Lee Menzies, Ron Kastner, Tulchin/Bartner Productions, Saracen Films, Mark Cartwright, Gavin Kalin, Glass Half Full Productions/Just For Laughs Theatricals.

Shrek the Musical will be staged at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen for three weeks from January 21, and tickets are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.