Theatre Review: Shrek

This year sees the 25th anniversary of the loveable green ogre, Shrek. So I took myself off to the theatre to watch the stage musical.

Through a sea of Shrek and Donkey ears there was a throng of excited chitter chatter from young and old patrons alike.

It’s a pretty simple story of Lord takes over kingdom, Lord banishes fairytale folk for being weird, Fairytale folk end up in swamp, swamp belongs to ogre, yadda yadda yadda, Shrek and Fiona, and Donkey and Dragon live happily after and Sing I’m a Believer.

This is a fun story telling of a much loved animated film with the added fun of musical numbers. Antony Lawrence smashes the Scottish Shrek twang, and Brandon Lee Sears plays the Donkey we all love, irritating and comical. Joanna Clifton played a fun “know what she wants” Fiona, but my favourite had to be James Gillian’s Lord Farquad who brought something to the table that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Almost like he was on the brink of breaking the fourth wall but teeters.  Special mention goes to Georgie Buckland whose vocal range was something else, giving operatic abilities  to gingerbread men and song birds.

This was a fun evening out, and if you don’t mind some fart jokes, and general bottom jokes in general, then this is def one for you!

Happy 25th Birthday, Shrek!

Showing at Theatre Royal until Sunday 24 March 2024, get your tickets here.

Review by Johnny Banks

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