I think I speak for most people my age when I say that Shrek was one of my favourite childhood films. Having said that, I have never seen the musical before but have always wanted too since I found out it was coming to the stage. I went along with my partner, Jamie, who’s also been bursting to see it as much as me.
I wondered how well they were going to condense the film down into a musical, but they did it marvellously. The show surprised me in many ways from the cast performance to the amazing Dragon with puppeteers. The Dragon was something like out of the West End which we just didn’t expect to see at all; it blew the audience away.
The cast were superb, and their performance was funny and engaging all in the right places. Although, Samuel Holmes as Lord Farquaad simply stole the show for me. His performance was perfect and had the entire audience hooked on his every movement from the second he walked onto the stage.
Another favourite of ours was Marcus Ayton as Donkey, who was also fantastic. He had the energy and right amount of sass as expected. While he didn’t try to fill Eddie Murphy’s shoes with the role, he did but he did it in his own way and it worked.
Shrek the Musical is now on tour around the UK, to find out when it will be coming near you visit Shrek the Musical. The show will be at Norwich Theatre Royal up until 8th July.
*Disclaimer: I was gifted tickets to this performance in return for an honest review.