Reviewed by Gemma Ingham
Most children and adults have seen DreamWorks Shrek the movie, which has expanded into numerous spin off cartoons and films, tourist experiences and Shrek The Musical. I was lucky enough to be able to see Shrek The Musical at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield with my 5-year-old daughter.
The Lyceum Theatre is centrally located in Sheffield, close to transport hubs and major roads. There are plenty of multi-story car parks nearby and it’s easy to find. The staff are always helpful and accommodating, and swiftly sorted out a minor seating hiccup for us. Some staff were wearing the Shrek ear headbands and taking extra care to speak to the younger members of the audience with one member of staff speaking to my daughter in the interval, which helped add to her experience.
We love Shrek because whilst it’s a funny and entertaining story, it also has a few hidden ‘grown-up’ jokes that help keep it interesting for adults. It’s a great, funny family story that of course has a positive underlying message, that how we look doesn’t matter.
On stage Shrek, played by Steffan Harri, appears as large and formidable as you would expect. The ensemble of fairy tale characters looked as if they were straight out of the film with the costumes looking spot on. Laura Main played Princess Fiona and had brilliant chemistry with Shrek. Marcus Ayton totally nailed the attitude and demeanour of Donkey earning a lot of the laughs, but my favourite character by far was Lord Farquaad, played by Samuel Holmes, and I found myself laughing at him for no particular reason other than just how he looked!
The show was full of song and dance as you would expect, and lots of toilet humour involving burps and farts which my 5-year-old found hilarious! The puppetry involved to bring the dragon to life was amazing.
I would highly recommend a visit to see Shrek The Musical for anyone of any age.
Tickets cost from £30.50 to £46 (booking fees may apply).
Shrek the Musical is at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield from 28 March to 8 April 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk or call the box office on 0114 249 6000.
Lyceum Theatre, Norfolk St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 1DA | 0114 249 6000