Reviewed by Emma Booth
This week, we had the joy of attending Shrek The Musical, which is currently showing at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking. I think most families have seen the much loved and hilarious Shrek films and I for one couldn’t wait to see it as a theatre show.
If you are not familiar with the story, it’s all about an ogre called Shrek and his sidekick Donkey, who rescues beautiful princess Fiona, who is stuck in a tower being guarded by a fire breathing dragon.
The show was amazing! It had lots of added music numbers making it a nonstop show with colourful costumes and energetic dancing. The show has a guidance of 5+ I think due to a couple of parts I think would scare a younger child. I was so impressed how they portrayed the dragon flying, I thought it was very realistic and clever puppetry. There were lots of stand-out characters; I thought donkey was fabulous with his quirky ways, Marcus Ayton played him perfectly. My favourite character though has to be Lord Farquaad, who was played by Samuel Holmes, he was by far the funniest, came out with some brilliant one liners and had the audience in fits of giggles, for me he was also the only one who interacted with the audience slightly as well. The humour was spot on with jokes for the children and a few adult jokes thrown in as well. I loved the way there were all the fairy tale characters that had been banished to the swamp by Lord Farquaad with my favourites being the cross-dressing wolf and the gingerbread man. From start to finish there was so much going on with singing dancing and lots of laughs keeping all the kids and adults hooked and entertained making the show a very easy 2 hours 30 minutes to sit through (with an interval).
The show did not disappoint and the end song and dance number was a fantastic end to a great night, the only downside which did spoil the night slightly was that the theatre was sweltering and I did hear others saying how hot they were so it wasn’t just me my daughter that really struggled to get comfy and was almost dripping with sweat.
We parked in the shopping centre car park only a few minutes walk away and has a cheap flat rate for parking in the evening.
This was the most funny and entertaining show I’ve seen for a long time my daughter loved it, so we would definitely recommend as a family treat.
Tickets cost from £19.50 to £57 (excluding fees).
Shrek The Musical is at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking from 30 May to 10 June 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/new-victoria-theatre or call the box office on 0844 871 7645.
New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6GQ