Top Five: Royal Wedding Shows
BETTY BLUE EYES
SHREK THE MUSICAL
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Did you realise we're on the brink of yet-another royal wedding ... of a very different shade. The 2008 Broadway screen-to-stage adaptation of the irreverent alternative fairy tale about a lonely green ogre, who finds happiness and conquers a fearsome dragon with the help of a wise-cracking donkey and a tough-talking princess, gets its West End premiere in June following previews from 6 May 2011. In the course of the story, not only do Shrek and Princess Fiona marry, but they are later crowned King and Queen of Far Far Away. How's that for a happy ending? Whatsonstage.com Award winner Nigel Lindsay greens up in the title role, leading a 33-strong company that also stars Amanda Holden (as Fiona), Richard Blackwood (Donkey) and Nigel Harman (Lord Farquaad).
Prince of Wales Theatre
LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL
Sassy sorority sister and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn't take no for an answer. So when her college boyfriend Warner dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law School. Wedding bells ring at the finale, after Elle has cracked a major court case and earned her degree and everyone's respect along the way - but Warner isn't the lucky guy. The musical comedy, which premiered on Broadway in April 2007, is based on the 2001 Hollywood film starring Reese Witherspoon. Legally Blonde The Musical had its West End premiere last January and this year scooped four Whatsonstage.com Awards and three Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical in both. It currently stars Susan McFadden as Elle, along with Whatsonstage.com and Olivier nominee Alex Gaumond, Peter Davison, and fresh to the cast this week, Two Pints of Lager's Natalie Casey. From mid-June, Lee Mead will take over from Gaumond as Emmett.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
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Also rans & out of production
For a Fringe nuptial with a royal theme, head for Baron's Court where Crown Matrimonial Royce Ryton's 1972 play about the abdication crisis caused by Edward VIII's desire to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, is revived until 7 May. And harking back to Shakespeare again, the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, has newlyweds Kate and Petruchio battling it out for dominance in The Taming of the Shrew. It's only on until Saturday (30 April 2011), though there are other regional productions of the play later in the year, not least at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon.
This feature topic sparked off lots of other ideas for shows with weddings on the Whatsonstage.com Discussion Forum - amongst those mentioned that aren't currently in production (but perhaps due for revival?) were The Drowsy Chaperone, Oklahoma! Kiss Me, Kate and, the title says it all, The Wedding Singer. If you have other suggestions, please add them to this page via the User Comments box below.
Last but not least, for rib-tickling Royal Wedding fun online, do check out barbershop quartet Barbershopera's take on the Royal Wedding in their new video single "Could Have Married Kate" - click here to view and enjoy.
WITH THANKS TO: Contributors from the Whatsonstage.com Discussion Forum, including Clair, Ian, Weez, Mark_E and Minsky.