Initial casting has been announced for the forthcoming UK tour of Shrek The Musical.

Leading the cast as beloved swamp-dwelling ogre ‘Shrek’ will be Steffan Harri, having previously starred in the original UK tour of SHREK THE MUSICAL®, and Call the Midwife star Laura Main as ‘Princess Fiona’.

Laura Main (Princess Fiona) says:

‘I’ve been waiting a long time for an adventure like this to come along and now that it has I am ready to swap the surgery for the swamp in one of my favourite musicals. Shrek has made a Believer out of me and I can’t wait for this fairytale to take me across the country.’

Marcus Ayton whose credits include The Rat Pack Live and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour) will play Shrek’s wisecracking sidekick ‘Donkey’, with Samuel Holmes (Mrs Henderson Presents, Spamalot, Crazy for You) playing pint-sized villain ‘Lord Farquaad’.

The company of fairy-tale characters will include Adam Baker, Ethan Bradshaw, Michael Carolan, Joseph Dockree, Will Hawksworth, Sarah-Louise Jones, Reece Kerridge, Thomas Lee Kidd, Amy Oxley, Jemma Revell, Lucinda Shaw, Sam Stones, Adam Taylor, Jennifer Tierney, Sophie Wallis, Francesca Williams, Laura Wilson and Kevin Yates.

Due to filming commitments Laura will be performing at selected venues throughout the tour.*

Shrek has book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Jeanine Tesori with multi award-winning set and costume design by Tim Hatley. The UK tour will be directed by Nigel Harman whose forthcoming projects include Big Fish The Musical starring Kelsey Grammer.

The produciont opens at the Edinburgh Playhouse for the festive season from 12 December 2017, and will then tour throughout the country in 2018.

*Laura Main is scheduled to play at the following venues; Edinburgh, Manchester, Sunderland, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Northampton, Sheffield, Cardiff, Woking, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Plymouth, Southampton and Leeds.