Shrek-tacular show hits the stage in area

Dean Chisnall as Shrek in Shrek The Musical'Photo by Helen Maybanks
Dean Chisnall as Shrek in Shrek The Musical'Photo by Helen Maybanks

You can see the stage musical version of the hit Shrek film series in a touring production which comes to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from tonight (Wednesday).

The ‘shrek-tacular’ production can be seen at the venue from September 10-28.

Coming direct from London, where it was seen live onstage by nearly a million people, the UK and Ireland tour of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane production of Shrek The Musical will star Dean Chisnall as beloved swamp-dwelling ogre Shrek, the role he previously played in the West End, Faye Brookes as damsel in distress Princess Fiona, Idriss Kargbo as Shrek’s wisecracking sidekick Donkey’and Gerard Carey as pint-sized villain Lord Farquaad.

The tour will be directed by Nigel Harman, who starred as Lord Farquaad in the West End production, winning him the 2012 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

Shrek The Musical is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! and the Academy Award®-winning DreamWorks Animations feature film.

The show opened on Broadway in 2008 before touring to nearly 150 cities in the USA and Canada.

Productions have played in Spain, Poland, France, Malaysia, China, Brazil, Italy, Denmark, The Netherlands, Estonia, Israel and Turkey. The UK and Ireland tour will be presented by Dreamworks Theatricals, Neal Street Productions, Playful Productions, Lee Menzies, Ron Kastner, Tulchin/Bartner Productions, Saracen Films, Mark Cartwright, Gavin Kalin, Glass Half Full Productions/Just For Laughs Theatricals.

Tickets for the production’s stay at the Theatre Royal are £45 - £19 plus concessions

For more details and availability, go online to or you can call 0115 989 5555.

n The Halle will be back in the area on Tuesday, October 14, when they launch the Nottingham Classics International Concert Season 2014-2015.

The performance at the Royal Concert Hall gets under way at 7.30pm. Sir Mark Elder will be at the helm of the acclaimed, Manchester-based orchestra.

The concert is to feature three pieces: Wagner’s Flying Dutchman Overture, Brahms’s First Piano Concerto, and the Fifth Symphony of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Brahms’s First Piano Concerto features acclaimed piano soloist Paul Lewis in a work written early in the composer’s career.

It is packed with a wide range of emotions and presents a considerable challenge for the soloist.

Lewis is a highly talented British pianist with a particular reputation in German and Austrian repertoire.

Wagner’s overture from one of his early operas is a barnstorming favourite which has become popular with audiences around the world while the symphony is a much-loved work which builds towards a glorious finale.

Tickets to see the concert are £10-£32.50.

They are available by calling the box office on 0115 9895555 or alternatively by going online to