Shrek the Musical painted the West End green last night with opening night (14 June, previews from 6 May 2011) at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on a star-studded green carpet and after party at Somerset House.

Starring Nigel Lindsay as the titular ogre, Amanda Holden as Princess Fiona, Nigel Harman as Lord Farquaad and Richard Blackwood as noble steed Donkey, the muscial stages the 2001 Oscar-winning DreamWorks animation.

The cast and creatives were joined to celebrate their opening night by stars including Jenna Lee-James, Jon Robyns, David Mills, Judi Dench, Alexander Hanson, Samantha Bond, Michael McIntyre, Sarah Parish, Harry Hill, Larry Lamb, George Lamb, Lisa Maxwell, Ozwald Boateng, Vanessa Feltz, Jill Halfpenny, Douglas Booth, Danielle Hope, Graham Norton, Ana Araujo, Angela Griffin, Holly Branson, Annabel Scholey, Kieran Bew, Isabella Calthorpe, Ella Smith, Tracie Bennett, Jeremy Irvine, Juliet Oldfield, Tom Fletcher, Luke Treadaway, Jodie Whittaker, Emma Brunjes, Frank Skinner, Michael Winner, Adam Garcia, Alexis Jordan, Tyger Drew-Honey and Daniel Roche.

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Shrek the Musical premiered in December 2008 on Broadway, where it ran for just over a year, a revised production subsequently touring America. The New York production was nominated for eight Tony Awards, Tim Hatley winning for Best Costume Design of a Musical.

The show's West End offering is based on the revamped US touring production, which launched from Chicago in July 2010. That production continues to tour, having visited 60 US cities.

The Anglo-American creative team is led by directors Jason Moore and Rob Ashford and includes David Lindsay-Abaire (book and lyrics), Jeanine Tesori (music), Tim Hatley (scenic, costume and puppet design), Hugh Vanstone (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), and Josh Prince (choreography).

Shrek the Musical is produced by Neal Street Productions and, in the company’s theatrical debut, the Hollywood studio Dreamworks Animations.