Shrek the Musical
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the DreamWorks animation picture
At Palace Theatre, Manchester.
Date Attended: 08/01/2015.
Fabulous, family fun you’d be foolish to miss! Four out of Five *
The self-proclaimed “Shrek-tacular” took to the heart of Manchester, the Palace Theatre, from Tuesday 2nd December 2014 until Sunday 11th January 2015, entertaining the crowds over the festive period.
The familiar setting of Shrek’s swamp led the way, immediately getting the audience in the mood for the fairytale to unfold.
The familiar Scottish bellow of the giant green ogre was perfected by Dean Chisnall, with his hairy accomplice Donkey, played by Idriss Kargbo, also having the masses in stitches with his charming and humorous personality.
One of the newest shows, fresh from the West End made reference to many of its theatre counterparts, a perfect homage for the avid theatre enthusiasts.
Gerard Carey as Lord Farquaard offered a faultless performance with witty behaviour to suit both young and old, it could be said he was never short of comedic moments. This, mixed in with the great puppetry of the dragon, was breath-taking, as theatre puppetry continues to evolve gloriously. The Dragon in Shrek is arguably one of the best show puppets on stage at the moment, although has heavy competition from War Horse.
Overall, Shrek is the perfect choice for a theatre show right now, full of the thrills and spills we have known and loved from the films. I’m a believer that you’d be mad to miss out on seeing this show. Set to continue it’s UK tour, I would urge you to book tickets right away!