19 February 2024

The Story Behind Shrek The Musical

Head Far Away this summer for a Shrektacular experience at the Eventim Apollo (formerly known as the Hammersmith Apollo). Playing in London for a limited six-week period only, is sure to delight fans of the original 2001 DreamWorks animation and welcomes a star-studded cast. Everyone’s favourite green, Scottish ogre will take to the stage from 19 July 2024 - but what’s the story behind Shrek the Musical and why should you book musical tickets?

A Stage Adaptation of the Original Movie 

“Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me, I ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed.” If you hear this lyric and think of Shrek, you’re a hardcore fan - and there’s good news coming your way. Shrek the Musical doesn’t venture far from the original script meaning you can sing away to all your favourite hits and get excited by all the best movie quotes. 

Join Shrek (Antony Lawrence) and his lovable yet excitable sidekick Donkey (Brandon Lee Sears) as they attempt to rescue the beautiful, but cursed Princess Fiona (Strictly’s Joanne Clifton) from a castle guarded by a fire-breathing dragon (Cherece Richards). It’s a fairytale with a twist packed with magical moments and unexpected love stories. So come along and join in the fun for yourself. Why does Princess Fiona hide away at sunset and will Shrek ever get his swamp back? Nothing is ever simple in the world of fairy tales. 

What to Expect 

Just like the original movie, you can expect plenty of sharp one-liners and ogre-sized fun for the whole family. The show blends laugh-out-loud comedy, uplifting dance numbers (I’m a Believer being one of them) and core messages such as self-acceptance. Produced by Mark Goucher, Matthew Gale and Gavin Kalin, the story has been reimagined by a new creative team and features all the classic characters from the Oscar-winning movie. Enjoy the iconic songs and story from David Lindsay-Abaire and original music from Jeanine Tesori.

A New and Improved Production

Shrek in theatre is sure to have you smiling from ear to ear. But it’s not the first time a musical adaptation of the smash-hit movie has hit the stage. Shrek the Musical premiered in 2008 in Seattle before making its Broadway debut on December 14, 2008 at The Broadway Theatre. Despite mixed reviews from critics, it delighted audiences by capturing the film’s humour and heart.

The production was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, winning one for Best Costume Design of a Musical. Shrek the Musical  has also enjoyed success in various national tours, international productions and regional and amateur theatre productions. In 2013, a filmed version of the Broadway production was released, making it accessible to a wider audience. This was shown in schools and musical theatre schools.

If you want to see Shrek and Donkey on their whirlwind adventure to rescue Princess Fiona from the castle - and see the self-obsessed Lord Farquaad get his come-uppance - book your tickets today. The show runs from 19 July to 30 August, and prices start from £20.