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Family Musical Back On Tour
A monster of a show is set to thrill families as Shrek returns to theatres nationwide on a new UK tour.
Shrek is heading to theatres nationwide
Stopping off at cities including Birmingham, Stoke, Manchester and Edinburgh, Shrek The Musical is a colourful, energetic production that brings to life all the characters from the well-loved Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animations film.
The storyline follows Shrek and hilarious Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona from a fire-breathing, 14 foot love-sick dragon.
Along the way, they have to overcome Lord Farquaad while meeting a gang of fairytale misfits and the gingerbread man. Big on song and dance routines, there's pop hits like I'm a Believer, while the vibrant costumes will thrill children and adults alike.
Lovable Shrek is back on tour
It's a popular show that was seen by nearly 800,000 people on its first highly acclaimed UK and Ireland tour in 2014, when it visited 25 venues over 20 months. Demand hasn't waned since then and tickets are set to sell quickly.
The tour opens at Edinburgh Playhouse in time for Christmas on December 12 until January 7 before it moves on to Manchester.
Shrek fans in the Midlands will be able to see the musical at Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre from Valentine's Day 2018 as it stays in the city from Wednesday February 14 to Sunday February 25. It will also stay in the Midlands and reach Stoke's Regent Theatre for performances from Wednesday May 2, 2018 to May 13.
All the characters from the movie are in the theatre show
Directing the show is former EastEnders actor Nigel Harman, who originally played the role of Lord Farquaad in the West End production, winning the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical. He also directed the successful first UK tour of Shrek The Musical.
Nigel Harman said: "I had so much fun directing the original UK & Ireland Tour that I jumped at the chance to work on it again. Shrek the Musical has created pivotal moments in my career – firstly winning an Olivier and then my directorial debut. It's certainly become one of the classic family musicals of all time and I'm really proud to be a part of it."
The book and lyrics are by David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Jeanine Tesori and a multi award-winning set and costume design by Tim Hatley.