Review: Shrek – The Musical [UK Tour]

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It’s a big, bright, beautiful world…

We’ve all seen the film, right? Y’know, scary green ogre meets beautiful princess. But this time, there’s added music, a stunning set, and a message that touches your heart even greater than before.

Led by Dean Chisnall, his loveable take on Shrek’s rather closed and grumpy attitude gives audiences something to love. As beautiful in voice as he is in heart, there’s a strange notion around wanting to protect a seven-foot green monster, yet Chisnall’s deliverance does exactly that. And with the hilarious Idriss Kargbo as Donkey at his side, the pair bring  much-needed warmth.

© Helen Maybanks

© Helen Maybanks

Joining them is the lady they desire. Bronté Barbé’s feisty take on Princess Fiona is commendable. Struggling to portray a loveable side to the girl from the tower, her lack of diction leaves you on occasion wanting more. However, her vocal deliverance is  as needed during most musical numbers.

Yet, the shows star comes in rather short supply. Gerard Casey’s hysterically funny Lord Farquaad is a little intimidating. Angry, fiery and yet hysterically funny, his complete dedication to the role — and remaining on his knees to deliver the height difference of the character — is hopefully a little less painful for the star than it would seem.

© Helen Maybanks

© Helen Maybanks

They’re all joined by an ensemble of fairytale creatures you’re sure to recognise; a hit with the watching children throughout.

With added charm, clever musicality in its orchestrations and a message of true acceptance come close, Shrek delivers hours of family fun, with equality at its roots.

© Helen Maybanks

© Helen Maybanks

But do all fairy tale stories have a happily ever after? You’ll have to go see to find out…

GT gives  Shrek – The Musical [UK Tour] — 4/5


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