Shrek the Musical on UK tour

Shrek the Musical on UK tour

credit: Helen Maybanks

Ogre fairytale goes from screen to stage

Quick changes are a part of life in the theatre, but anyone who has seen the first Shrek film will know that Fiona’s transformation from traditional beauty to green ogre is far from subtle.

‘It takes 90 seconds and it’s awful,’ laughs Faye Brooks, who plays the part of Fiona in the UK tour of Shrek the Musical. ‘I put on the same dress but it’s padded, the make-up artist transforms me with ogre ears and green paint, I pull on a green cowl and fat hands and then, eureka, I’m back on stage again.'

Brooks describes it as 90 seconds of madness for both herself and her entourage. ‘But I honestly love the fact that I’ve worked my way through the story to that point,’ she continues. ‘Fiona has a constant fear of being found out and can’t show her true colours, because she thinks that she’s not beautiful. But by the end, she’s been through so much, the transformation makes sense, and it shocks people in the right way.’

The actor playing Shrek, on the other hand, has two hours of make-up before every show, eating daintily between matinees and evening performances so as not to crack the silicone. It’s all part of the challenge to bring the film alive authentically on stage and then add another layer of entertainment.

‘We respect the film, and how children and adults are taken away by this fairytale,’ says Brooks. ‘But then the live songs give it a little bit extra. Audiences are familiar with the story, but when you see it in a theatre, it’s as if you’re a part of the whole production, and it really takes you there.

‘With a film you can hit pause or switch it off; with this, it’s non-stop in your face. And in the show nothing is done by halves: it’s all big.’

King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Wed 29 Apr—Sun 17 May and Edinburgh Playhouse, Tue 20 Oct—Sun 8 Nov.

Shrek the Musical UK Tour – Official Trailer

Shrek the Musical

  • Directed by: Nigel Harman
  • Written by: David Lindsay-Abaire (lyrics)

An all-singing, all-dancing stage version of the popular films, packed with laughs and the odd tear.

Leeds Grand Theatre

Tue 18 Dec

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 0844 848 2700

Wed 19 Dec

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 0844 848 2700

Thu 20 Dec

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 0844 848 2700

…and 17 more dates until 6 Jan 2019

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Tue 27 Nov

£37.50–£52.50 / 023 8071 1811

Wed 28 Nov

£37.50–£52.50 / 023 8071 1811

Thu 29 Nov

£37.50–£52.50 / 023 8071 1811

…and 8 more dates until 8 Dec

Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle upon Tyne

Wed 24 Jul 2019

£17–£23 / 0844 493 9999

Thu 25 Jul 2019

£17–£23 / 0844 493 9999

Fri 26 Jul 2019

£17–£23 / 0844 493 9999

Sat 27 Jul 2019

£17–£23 / 0844 493 9999

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