The show, which stars Nigel Lindsay (Shrek), Amanda Holden (Princess Fiona), Richard Blackwood (Donkey) and Nigel Harman (Lord Farquaad), is a screen-to-stage adaptation of the 2001 Oscar-winning DreamWork's animatation about a lonely green ogre.
The irreverent alternative fairy tale sees Shrek find happiness and conquer a fearsome dragon with the help of a wise-cracking donkey and the tough-talking Princess Fiona.
Nigel Lindsay & Amanda Holden. Photo credit: Brinkhoff Mögenburg
Richard Blackwood & Nigel Lindsay. Photo credit: Brinkhoff Mögenburg
Nigel Harman. Photo credit: Brinkhoff Mögenburg
Amanda Holden. Photo credit: Brinkhoff Mögenburg
Nigel Lindsay, Richard Blackwood & Amanda Holden. Photo credit: Helen Maybanks
Nigel Lindsay & Amanda Holden. Photo credit: Helen Maybanks
The Dragon & Richard Blackwood. Photo credit: Brinkhoff Mögenburg
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 full Shrek company includes Delroy Atkinson, Amy Beadel, Stephanie Bron, Dean Chisnall, Jon-Scott Clark, Ste Clough, Lee William-Davis, Ross Dawes, Lucie Downer, Alice Fearn, Michelle Francis, Ashley E Hale, Rosanna Hyland, Bradley Jaden, Aaron Lee Lambert, Emma Lindars, Grant Murphy, Spencer O'Brien, Landi Oshinowo, Damien Poole, Stuart Matthew Price, Jacqui Sanchez, Jonathan Stewart, Leigh-Anne Stone, Lucy Tapp, Karli Vale and Michael Watson. The roles of Young Shrek and Young Fiona are shared by Samantha Allison, Chorlène Biron-Monnier, Lauren Dawes, Madeleine Hill, Emilia Jones and Sophie Wythe.
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 is produced by Neal Street Productions and, in the company’s theatrical debut, the Hollywood studio Dreamworks Animations.