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Review: Shrek The Musical

Shrek The Musical

Theatre Royal


What a show. It’s quite hard to describe as it’s really a bit bonkers - and all the better for it!

It is a little like a panto, with much aimed at children but a few naughty bits chucked in for the adults.

This production pretty much follows the hit movie’s plot, with an Ogre, fantastically played by Steffan Harri, rescuing Princess Fiona (Amelia Lily), ably assisted by a talking donkey - and my favourite character - played with masses of sass by Marcus Ayton.

Shrek The Musical (2774351)
Shrek The Musical (2774351)

Samuel Holmes is superb as Lord Farquaad, arriving, at one point, on a horse called Brexit - no, I didn’t really get it, either, but it got a heck of a laugh.

There’s a bit of everything in this show, from tap-dancing rats, to a cross-dressing wolf and a very perky gingerbread lady! Add in a stream of songs, great costumes and make up, and a fair bit of fancy footwork, and this is a show that keeps on giving.

Look out for Kevin Yates from King’s Lynn in the cast, and mention must go to the enormous dragon and the tremendous puppetry skills displayed. Whilst this is very much a modern day fairytale, and almost an anti fairytale, there is a traditional happy ending as true love conquers all, with the princess finding her fella. Proving, of course, that it’s not how you look that counts, but what you’re like inside. Ahhh.

The show runs until July 8 and there are 2.30pm matinees on Saturdays . Visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Sarah Hardy

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