30 April to 17 May 2015
Reviewed by Dawn Watson
I was delighted to be chosen to review Shrek the Musical, as a I have been a big fan of all the films over the years, however I really wasn’t sure how the production could bring the movies to life. How wrong I was! My daughter, who is 8 years old, and I were enthralled and pulled into the whole atmosphere of the musical from the minute the orchestra started.
The story itself is based on the 2001 first Shrek movie, with little snippets here and there of other little stories and characters from other parts of later movies. The musical tells through dance, singing and chat of how Shrek is the unlikely hero, along with his trusty steed and friend Donkey, chosen by the teeny diminutive Lord Farquaad to rescue Princess Fiona from the fire breathing dragon, stowed away in the tower where she has been since she was 7 year old. Lord Farquaad desires Princess Fiona to be his queen so that he can rule the kingdom. A whole gang of fairytale characters along with Gingerbread Man bring this musical to life, you feel you are in the show.
From the start the story captured your hearts and carried you along to the true fairytale ending. The costumes and make up were stunning, really making the show and for my daughter really captured her imagination. We loved the animatronics/puppeteers with the fire-breathing dragon playing a stunning role. There are so many brilliant scenes and although the staging was simply done it was all that was needed, the real stars of the show were the characters themselves who you just loved from the minute they stepped on stage.
My favourite character has to the be the diminutive Lord Farquaad played magnificently by Gerard Carey – I don’t want to give anything away but wow he was simply amazing – from his mannerisms to his singing – he had me laughing hysterically every time he made an appearance and I actually stood right up at the end when he came on to give his bow, as did many others. A few adult tongue in cheek innuendos, not noticed by my daughter, but by all the grown-ups made his character my favourite.
The one thing I really noticed was that each character had the mannerisms from the original film to a T – brilliant, the way they spoke, walked, danced, facial expressions just really did bring Shrek to life.
My daughter’s favourite scene, which was beautifully done was Fiona at three stages of her life, 7 years, 17 and 23 years….. culminating with all three Princess Fiona’s singing together – beautiful. Oh and also when the Pied Piper came on stage and the rats all danced, hilarious… you just have to go see it… there are too many brilliantly created scenes to mention them all. The whole show was captivating, beautifully written and really made me and my daughter fall in love with the big green ogre Shrek all over again… It’s just a pity I don’t have the musical on DVD – I’d be watching it over and over… but we do have all the films on DVD’s!
Although we didn’t know the songs they were perfect for telling the story but we did get to hear the Shrek cult anthem ‘I’m a believer’!!
A must see show, you won’t be disappointed – in fact, like all the theatre goers last night, you will leave feeling good, smiling, reliving all the funny moments – and laughing… A musical comedy for all the family (does say ages 5 years up, I can understand why as the scene with the dragon may be a bit scary for little ones).
The King’s Theatre in Glasgow is steeped in tradition and was a beautiful backdrop for this musical. We travelled by train from Livingston to Charing Cross station – a mere five minute walk to the theatre. There is also parking nearby should you wish to drive. As with all theatres snacks and drinks can be very expensive. I did buy my daughter a puppet gingerbread man… eek £14!
My daughter and I would definitely go back to see this ‘SHREKTASTIC’ musical – as Savanna said – you would see different things everytime you came… for me I’d go back to enjoy Lord Farquaard all over again!
Tickets cost from £15 to £60 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Shrek the Musical is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow until 17 May 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648