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"For those of you familiar with the hit series of…"
For those of you familiar with the hit series of films, it may be no surprise that Shrek has been deemed worthy of a musical theatre makeover, such it is armoury of vibrant, colourful, song-laden charm.
Given its mostly youthful appeal, it struck me how the stage show has been so well-received by all ages. Perhaps it's the cunning mixture of witty references to fairytales past amid moments of immaturity, that makes adults warm to it as much as kids.
Shrek, the story of an ogre and his love for a princess who deceives in appearance is however unsubtle in its movements, with fantastic costumes (especially the purple dragon) and superb vocal solos; on the whole, it does what it says on the tin - makes you entertained, makes laugh.
Within that, there are areas that could be improved. For example, Richard Blackwood as the Donkey isn't anywhere near the Eddy Murphy version, in terms of both comedy and song. Nevertheless, the star of the show - Nigel Lindsay as Shrek - is brilliant in his green-man attire, as is Nigel Harman as the villain of the piece, Lord Farquaad.
For a fun-filled musical adventure for all the family, Shrek more than measures up.
The stage show is suitable for children of 5 years and up.Read moreLess