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Shrek the Musical

Based on the story and characters from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy. Read more …

Join Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages!

The critical consensus

A fabulous way to introduce those new to musical theatre, while still providing a modern gem for lifelong fans.

****(*)Adam Robinson, Broadway Baby, 15/12/2017

Treat yourself this panto season with a topsy, hysterical, heart-warming fairytale.

*****Erin Roche, Edinburgh Guide, 16/12/2017

Shrek is never going to punch like big hitters such as Les Miserables or The Lion King, but by God will it take pop-shots. Gags are in the foreground, background; there are obvious jokes, subtle jokes and puns. What better way to close out the year, than with a series of laughs?

****(*)Dominic Corr, The Wee Review, 17/12/2017

The resulting show gains enough traction to convince as a continuing hit, even if it does not forge an identity of its own.

***(*)(*)Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre, 15/12/2017

With all about them damaged goods, the oddball love story between Steffan Harri's Shrek and Laura Main's Princess Fiona appears goofily and charmingly dysfunctional in a world that eventually embraces its diversity in a wise-cracking monster of a show.

****(*)Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 16/12/2017

In an era where far too much importance is attached to image, it’s an uplifting tale and one which is very enjoyable.

****(*)Mike Smith, The Edinburgh Reporter, 14/12/2017

A slow second half is eventually resolved with a speedy denouement, in a long production that tests the endurance of its young target audience, whilst wearying their parents with an absence of sophistication, depth and charm.

***(*)(*)Gareth Davies, The Reviews Hub, 15/12/2017

It sends up the overmighty, sings and dances up a storm, has plenty of fun; and, in the end, it believes in love – even for those of us who are a touch green, and a little bit overweight.

****(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 16/12/2017

It is a fittingly upbeat ending to a show that, despite flaws, charts a lively route through the swamp towards a happy ever after.

***(*)(*)Allan Radcliffe, 20/12/2017

An entertaining romp which matches the name of the curtain call band: mirth, wind and fire.

****(*)Peter Callaghan, Review Sphere, 27/09/2018

Features about Shrek the Musical

Shrek: The Musical brings the titular character to life on-stage

Kelly Apter, The List, 16/11/2017

Nigel Harman and Laura Main--Shrek the Musical

Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 12/12/2017

Where and when?

Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh from Tuesday December 12, 2017, until Sunday January 7, 2018. More info:

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