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SHREK is Coming to Glasgow!

Published by: Cameron Lowe on 27th Sep 2013 | View all blogs by Cameron Lowe

SHREK the MusicalProducers of SHREK THE MUSICAL® today announced that the larger-than-life production will coming to the King’s Theatre on 29 April - Sunday 17 May 2015,  direct from London, where it was seen live on stage by nearly a million people. SHREK THE MUSICAL® will be directing 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.

 

King’s Theatre General Manager, James Haworth said: "We are delighted to be hosting the Scottish Premiere of Shrek The Musical  on this, its first ever tour. The King’s has been attracting some large scale productions such as Dirty Dancing and Wicked and to host a show of this scale and profile is a huge reflection of the importance theatre producers place on the Glasgow audience."

 

Producers Caro Newling, Neal Street Productions, and Nick Salmon, Playful Productions say: "We are very excited to be bringing SHREK THE MUSICAL to the Kings Theatre in April 2015 as part of our tour of the best venues across the UK and Ireland. Many years of fun with some of the best talents working in theatre today have gone in to its making and as a result it has thrilled audiences all over the world with its boundless enthusiasm and fun- we know that the people of Glasgow will take SHREK to their hearts, just as we did at Drury Lane!"

 

SHREK THE MUSICAL®, originally directed (in the west end) by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford, is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! and the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animations feature film.

 

Bill Damaschke, Chief Creative Officer of DreamWorks says:

 

"We are thrilled that Shrek and his fairy-tale friends will be heading out on tour across the UK and Ireland and delighted that our very own Nigel Harman will be directing SHREK THE MUSICAL® on the road. It has been such a joy to bring this loved story to life and we can’t wait for families up and down the country to experience their beloved swamp-dwelling ogre, Princess Fiona, Donkey and all their pals live on stage, as so many have on Broadway and in the west end."

 

Director of SHREK THE MUSICAL® UK and Ireland Tour, Nigel Harman says:

 

"I am delighted to be returning to Shrek as its director. This show is very special to me with its dizzying blend of great characters, a hilarious script and sublime music. This production is visually stunning, and the story has the magic ingredient of moving at great pace while still being surprisingly intimate. In short, there was no way I was going to say no to the challenge of realising the production for the UK and Ireland.  I really can't wait to take this show on the road!"

 

SHREK on TourSHREK THE MUSICAL® opened on Broadway in 2008 before touring to nearly 150 cities in the USA and Canada. Productions of SHREK THE MUSICAL® 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, Robert G Bartner, Mark Cartwright, Gavin Kalin, Peter Clayton and Adam Blanshay.

With "Wicked" confirmed to run at the King's in April 2014, Glasgow is fast becoming the West-End of Scotland!

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