Shrek: The Musical brings the titular character to life on-stage

Shrek: The Musical

Call the Midwife star returns to Scotland in a tale that's successfully transitioned from book to screen to stage

When Laura Main was a young girl growing up in Aberdeen, trips to Edinburgh to see shows at the Edinburgh Playhouse were always a highlight. Little did she know that, via a five-year stint playing Sister Shelagh Turner on BBC drama Call the Midwife, she'd be treading those boards herself – covered in green paint.

'I've been waiting a long time for an adventure like this to come along, and now that it has, I'm ready to swap the surgery for the swamp,' says Main of her role as Princess Fiona in Shrek: The Musical. 'I've never performed at the Playhouse before and I'm very excited about playing such a huge theatre.

'When I was younger, we used to travel to see the really big shows there, instead of making the longer trip to London. And I had a wonderful month performing a new musical at the Pleasance during the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008, so I've got a great fondness for the city.'

Inspired by the 2001 film, which itself was inspired by William Steig's 1990 picture book, Shrek: The Musical has been entertaining audiences around the world since 2008, picking up an Olivier Award during its London run. And, just like the film, it ends with the Monkees' hit that has the whole crowd on its feet. As Main says, 'Shrek is one of my favourite musicals; it's made a Believer out of me.'

Edinburgh Playhouse, Tue 12–Sat 30 Dec.

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.

Bristol Hippodrome

Wed 8 Aug

£17.50–£57 / 0844 847 2325

Thu 9 Aug

£17.50–£57 / 0844 847 2325

Fri 10 Aug

£17.50–£57 / 0844 847 2325

…and 7 more dates until 19 Aug

The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds

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

King's Theatre, Glasgow

Tue 25 Sep

£17.50–£54 / 0844 871 7648

Wed 26 Sep

£17.50–£54 / 0844 871 7648

Thu 27 Sep

£17.50–£54 / 0844 871 7648

…and 8 more dates until 6 Oct

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