Last night the Welsh Mummy Blogs family were invited to watch SHREK THE MUSICAL at the Wales millennium Centre, Cardiff. If you have never heard of Shrek you’ve not lived!
Shrek The Musical tells the story of an ogre and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire-breathing, love-sick dragon.
SHREK THE MUSICAL® is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! and the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animations feature film. Originally directed in the West End by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford, the production has book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Jeanine Tesori with multi award-winning set and costume design by Tim Hatley.
Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, SHREK THE MUSICAL brings over 100 much-loved fairytale characters to life in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza.
As soon as the curtain raised I found myself captivated. The stage presence of swamp-dwelling ogre ‘Shrek’ was superb! Actor Michael Carolan took on the role with ease. With a strong singing voice and great acting ability, I was very impressed. I loved when he met his wisecracking side kick Donkey, together this duo was a good match.
Donkey was portrayed by Marcus Ayton. He was fantastic, defiantly one of my favourite Characters. His singing and comedic acting ability had me crying with laughter.
As we followed Shrek and Donkey we met other characters including the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits and a biscuit with attitude.
All actors portrayed the fairy-tale characters well, with wooden boy Pinocchio standing out for me.
The full company of fairy-tale characters included, Adam Baker, Ethan Bradshaw, Michael Carolan, Joseph Dockree, Will Hawksworth, Sarah-Louise Jones, Reece Kerridge, Thomas Lee Kidd, Amy Oxley, Jemma Revell, Lucinda Shaw, Sam Stones, Adam Taylor, Jennifer Tierney, Sophie Wallis, Francesca Williams, Laura Wilson and Kevin Yates.
Another favourite character for me was the Dragon. I was very impressed. Not only impressed by the outstanding, lifelike moving 14-foot dragon but by the beautiful, powerful vocals of the actor. Her voice made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Absolutely brilliant!
Call the Midwife actor Laura Main played the role of Princess Fiona. I loved how she made this role her own. It really was like watching a sometimes cringe worthy ogre/princess on stage. I loved her energetic dancing and singing. I was impressed at the speed in which her costume changed from Princess to ogre. *Laura will be sharing the role with Amelia Lily while she continues filming on the current BBC series.*
*Laura Main is scheduled to play in the following cities; Edinburgh, Manchester, Sunderland, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Northampton, Sheffield, Cardiff, Woking, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Plymouth, Southampton and Leeds.
Amelia Lily is scheduled to perform in Stoke, Blackpool, Norwich, Canterbury, Bristol, Llandudno, Nottingham, Belfast and Dublin.
Samuel Holmes portrayed pint-sized villain ‘Lord Farquaad’. I think he was funniest character of the night, I could not stop laughing at his rather funny leg positions! And although he is supposed to be the bad guy, Samuel Holmes had the stage presence and ability to be a likeable villain.
The producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artists subject to holiday, illness or events beyond the producers’ control.
The stage lighting, direction and decoration was by far the best I’ve ever seen. The scenic design was perfect, the lighting effects were well-timed with each changing scene. Its defiantly a show that wont disappoint.
SHREK THE MUSICAL directed by Nigel Harman opened at the Edinburgh Playhouse in December 2017, now the hit musical will tour throughout 2018. Hitting Cardiff, Stoke, Blackpool, Woking, Liverpool, Norwich, Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Llandudno, Nottingham, Belfast, Dublin, Plymouth, Southampton and Leeds.
To book your tickets for Cardiff, please CLICK HERE
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Tuesday 10 April – Sunday 22 April 2018 WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF www.wmc.org.uk 029 2063 6464
Wednesday 2 May – Sunday 13 May 2018
REGENT THEATRE, STOKE
0844 871 7649
Tuesday 15 May – Sunday 27 May 2018
BLACKPOOL WINTER GARDENS THEATRE
0844 856 1111
Wednesday 30 May – Sunday 10 June 2018 NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING www.atgtickets.com/woking 0844 871 7645 Tuesday 12 June – Sunday 24 June 2018 LIVERPOOL EMPIRE www.atgtickets.com/liverpool 0844 871 3017
Tuesday 26 June – Sunday 8 July 2018 NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk 01603 630000
Wednesday 11 July – Sunday 22 July 2018 MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY www.marlowetheatre.com 01227 787787
Wednesday 25 July – Sunday 5 August 2018 MILTON KEYNES THEATRE www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes 0844 871 7652
Wednesday 8 August – Sunday 19 August 2018 THE BRISTOL HIPPODROME www.atgtickets.com/bristol 0844 871 3012
Tuesday 21 August – Sunday 2 September 2018 VENUE CYMRU, LLANDUDNO www.venuecymru.co.uk 01492 872000
Tuesday 11 September – Sunday 23 September 2018 THEATRE ROYAL NOTTINGHAM www.trch.co.uk 0115 989 5555
Tuesday 9 October – Sunday 21 October 2018 BELFAST GRAND OPERA HOUSE www.goh.co.uk 02890 241 919
Tuesday 23 October to Sunday 4 November 2018 DUBLIN BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie ROI : 0818 719 377 / UK & NI : 0844 847 2455
Tuesday 13 November – Saturday 24 November 2018 THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH www.theatreroyal.com 01752 267222
Tuesday 27 November – Saturday 8 December 2018 MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON www.mayflower.org.uk 02380 711811
Tuesday 18 December 2018 – Sunday 6 January 2019 LEEDS GRAND THEATRE www.leedsgrandtheatre.com 0844 848 2700