Our love affair with the Theatre Royal continued today. We, along with a group of friends, went to watch Shrek the Musical. Having read a couple of reviews and seen the advertising posters all over the place, we were extremely excited to see it. The whole family all love the film and were looking forward to seeing how it played on the stage.
We booked our tickets probably about a year ago, as soon as it was announced and even then the 'cheap' tickets in the amphitheatre were already heavily booked which resulted in us being spread about the place. Not to worry though as I managed to get each family group sat together. One of the things I love about the Theatre Royal is that despite where you sit, the view is always good, which is handy when on a budget like us.
The show opened to Shrek and Princess Fiona explaining a little about how they got to end up in the swamp and the tower, a bit of background information is always useful!
The show was fantastic, it was filled with songs and dancing, wonderful costumes and all of the favourites from the film including Gingy and Pinocchio. There were lots of laughs, including a few risque jokes for the grown ups :0). All of the characters were wonderful, of course the main man Shrek was fabulous, the costume was brilliant and he looked just as he should. Lord Farquaad stole the show, he was hilarious and the costume was ingenious. I loved sassy Princess Fiona, she definitely wasn't the damsel in distress and had lots of girl power. Eva and Luca's favourite was the cool and funky Donkey, full of wise cracks and silliness, he was definitely a crowd pleaser.
The entire ensemble had wonderful voices, the Dragon completely blew me away, she was fantastic.
I won't spoil it all for you as at the time of writing there are still very limited seats to be had if you get in quick. Our group consisted of young and old and every one of us thoroughly enjoyed the show. Well worth the wait, catch it if you can. Next stop, The Bodyguard in April....