Coming direct from London, where it was seen live on stage by nearly a million people, the larger-than-life production of Shrek the Musical ® will be heading to a swamp near you on its first ever tour of UK and Ireland. The Drury Lane production of Shrek the Musical ® will be directed by Nigel Harman who starred as Lord Farquaad in the west end production, winning him the 2012 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical. Shrek the Musical ® originally directed (in the west end) by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford, is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! and the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animations feature film.
Bill Damaschke, Chief Creative Officer of DreamWorks says:
We are thrilled that Shrek and his fairy-tale friends will be heading out on tour across the UK and Ireland and delighted that our very own Nigel Harman will be directing SHREK THE MUSICAL® on the road. It has been such a joy to bring this loved story to life and we can’t wait for families up and down the country to experience their beloved swamp-dwelling ogre, Princess Fiona, Donkey and all their pals live on stage, as so many have on Broadway and in the west end.
Nigel Harman says:
I am delighted to be returning to Shrek as its director. This show is very special to me with its dizzying blend of great characters, a hilarious script and sublime music. This production is visually stunning, and the story has the magic ingredient of moving at great pace while still being surprisingly intimate. In short, there was no way I was going to say no to the challenge of realising the production for the UK and Ireland. I really can’t wait to take this show on the road!
Shrek the Musical ® is due to go on sale at Milton Keynes Theatre early in 2014. So keep a look out for on-sale announcements soon.