Shrek The Musical at New Alexandra Theatre

by Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour

Shrek The Musical at New Alexandra Theatre

Bursting into Birmingham just in time for Half Term, Shrek the Musical has arrived at New Alexandra Theatre until 25th February bringing over two hours of stage family fun.

Shrek (Played by Steffan Harri) discovers Lord Farquaad (Samuel Holmes) has evicted all of fairytale creatures from the Kingdom of Duloc and into Shrek’s swampland home. On his way to protest to the Lord, Shrek meets Donkey (Marcus Ayton) and to win his swamland back he must go on a quest to retrieve Princess Fiona (Laura Main) from the tallest tower of the highest castle protected by a fearsome dragon.

Steffan Harri as Shrek, photo by Helen Maybanks
Steffan Harri as Shrek, photo by Helen Maybanks

Based on a movie that I’ve actually seen, the first movie of Shrek was actually based on a book that I’ve not read! So close, but no prize!

Twisted fairytales are the theme here and the stage is packed with famous fairytale an fable characters including The Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood, to the more “modern” Pinocchio and Peter Pan. this extended cast get much to do, their own ensemble songs and them being soo well known creates extra layers to this musical. Joseph Dockree’s Pinocchio and Jemma Revell’s Gingy, the gingerbread man are particular stand outs. As is Lucinda Shaw as the voice of the Dragon.

Told in two acts which each last just over one hour Shrek the Musical features nearly all new songs interlaced with script from the film making it both new and recogniseable at the same time.

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Marcus Ayton as Donkey. Photo by Helen Maybanks

There’s bright traditional fairytale methods mixed in with modern storytelling and lots of current references that when they made the first joke about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle the audience hadn’t registered it had even been said. Look out for a Lion King homage too!

I had a great time at Shrek The Musical and seeing the animation of the movie brought to life was really fun. This is really ideal for families with kids aged eight and upwards are there are lots of trumping and burping jokes and borderline panto humour.

Laura Main as Princess Fiona and Steffan Harri as Shrek, Photo by Helen Maybanks
Laura Main as Princess Fiona and Steffan Harri as Shrek, Photo by Helen Maybanks

For me my particular favourite moment was the puppets Princess Fiona has been making while trapped in the tallest tower to pass the time.

Steffan Harri and Marcus Ayton are outstanding as Shrek and Donkey especially Donkey’s indignance at seeing possible romance between Shrek and the Princess just as he’s found his own new buddy.

Well worth seeing if you get chance.

Book tickets to Shrek The Musical at the New Alexandra Theatre until 25th February here: hatgtickets.com/shows/shrek/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham


#BrumHour was kindly invited to see Shrek The Musical by the New Alexandra Theatre. This isn’t a sponsored post.

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