A brand-new production of the award-winning Broadway and West End hit show Shrek the Musical will tour the UK and Ireland from July 2023, it has been announced.
The bright and beautiful fairy-tale world of Shrek will be reimagined by a new creative team for this major tour.
Sam Holmes (Club Tropicana the Musical) , who played Lord Farquaad in the previous UK tour, returns to the swamp to co-direct. He is joined by acclaimed director and choreographer Nick Winston, whose recent credits include Bonnie and Clyde (Arts Theatre) and Beauty and the Beast (as associate director and choreographer for the UK tour) and upcoming projects include a new world tour of We Will Rock You and a remounted UK tour of Rock of Ages.
Set and costume design will be by Philip Witcomb whose previous productions include Bonnie & Clyde In Concert (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Jack & The Beanstalk (Everyman Theatre Cheltenham), Atlantis (Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen), Mame (Hope Mill Theatre and UK Tour), The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Stones In His Pockets (The Minack Theatre).
Producer Mark Goucher said ‘I am delighted to be bringing this re-imagined production of the beloved ‘Shrek the Musical’ to audiences across the UK and Ireland. The story of Shrek is known and loved across the world and this show is an incredibly joyous, fun and uplifting evening at the theatre that will be enjoyed by all ages’.
The Oscar®-winning DreamWorks animated film Shrek celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. Shrek the Musical was first performed on Broadway in 2008, receiving 8 Tony nominations, and the award for Best Costume Design. The original West End production was nominated for 4 Olivier awards, including Best New Musical, at the 2012 Olivier awards. Nigel Harman received the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Lord Farquaad.
Watch the trailer for Shrek The Musical below
Tour dates for Shrek The Musical
Shrek the Musical opens at Plymouth Theatre Royal on 21 July 2023 and then tours to Manchester, Dublin, Bristol, Southend, Carlisle, Aberdeen, Oxford, Wimbledon, Dartford, Northampton, Bradford, Woking, Eastbourne, Cardiff, York and Blackpool with more dates to be announced soon. The national press night will be Thursday 3 August 2023 at Opera House Manchester.
Plymouth Theatre Royal (21-29 July 2023); Opera House Manchester (1-12 August 2023); Bord Gais Energy Theatre (15-20 August 2023); Bristol Hippodrome (22-27 August 2023); The Cliffs Pavilion, Southend (29 Aug – 2 September 2023); The Sands Centre, Carlisle (5-10 September 2023); His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen (12-16 September 2023);Oxford New Theatre (19-24 September 2023); New Wimbledon Theatre (26-30 September 2023); Orchard Theatre, Dartford (2-7 October 2023); Royal & Derngate, Northampton (10-15 October 2023); The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (24-28 October 2023); New Victoria Theatre, Woking (30 October – 4 November 2023); Eastbourne Congress Theatre (13 – 18 November 2023); Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (20-25 November 2023); Grand Opera House York (27 Nov – 2 Dec 2023); and Blackpool Winter Gardens (12-30 December 2023).