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Shrek the Musical @ Theatre Royal Drury Lane

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by Telsha Arora (subscribe)
Born and bred West London girl, freelance writer and currently interning at a Beauty PR agency. Live for the weekends! Follow me on Twitter: @TelshaArora
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I love me a good musical but when I was invited along to Shrek the musical I was apprehensive. The films are so good and so funny that I felt any twist or stage adaptation just wouldn't be able to live up to the (Oscar winning!) animated movies.

The cast consists of Dean Chisnall as Shrek, Richard Blackwood as Donkey, Carley Stenson as Princess Fiona and Neil McDermott as Lord Farquaad (Ryan from Eastenders for those who watch it). The plot is based on the first of the films and very accessible to children due to the 'sing along' nature of it. However there is something for the adults too with lots of double entendres mostly aimed at the questionable sexuality of Lord Farquaad which is pretty amusing even I had to admit.

The maturing of Princess Fiona from child to young woman in isolation is illustrated beautifully in a song sang by three Fionas side by side in her trademark green dress and for me, was one of the highlights.

I also particularly loved the parts where all of the toys/nursery rhyme characters came out to play, and the stage direction for the flying dragon overheard with flaring eyes definitely spiced up the show.

Donkey is played in a fabulous manner, without which I would have been left largely unenthused by the whole production (Richard Blackwood retweeted me when I had to let him know how good he was!)

By and large however it was not for me. Although I did have a little boogie to 'I'm a Believer' with everybody else, perhaps more of a choice for parents looking to please their kids and have a reasonably entertaining time themselves. But definitely not as many reviews suggest; 'spectacular'.
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Phone: Box Office: 0844 871 8810
Where: Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF
Cost: Stalls 65, 55, 25 Grand Circle 65 Upper Circle 55, 45, 35, 20 Balcony 25, 20
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