Shrek the Musical: So Bad it’s Good!
Shrek: The Musical – what can we say? It will make you laugh, it will make you giggle and it will make you walk out with a big smile on your face – all down to the fact that the singing and dancing is so comically bad that its actually good.
Amanda Holden as Princess Fiona was a surprise, her voice was strong but there was no facial expression when she sang (read into that what you will). Nigel Lindsay was a success as Shrek but then again it’s not exactly that hard to play an Ogre! Richard Blackwood as Donkey was unfortunately just not funny. However the dragon was absolutely amazing, the puppeteers were excellent at creating an elegant and fearful dragon, but the best of the cast was Nigel Harman who certainly saved the day as the camp Lord Farquard. Harman certainly brought true laughter to the show and was fantastic in the part (couldn’t get any further from his bad boy image in his most famous role as mini-Den in EastEnders). I am sure he will go through many knee pads and will need knee replacements after performing in this show over the coming months and if you go see the show you will see why.
The plot follows that of the first film and as Shrek completed his trek to seek Princess Fiona the songs were uplifting however burping (including bottom burps) during one song will not be everyone’s idea of a great night at the theatre, that said it will make the children (and most adults) giggle.
To be perfectly honest it was a guilty pleasure to see the show and it did not disappoint. Laughter was had and we did enjoy the show despite the dubious acting and singing skills (still not sure why all the British actors had to do the show with shaky American accents). Kids will love it but it is more a pantomime than a theatre show so please remember that when you book the high price West End tickets.
Go see it, be opened minded and have a Shrektactular time!
Shrek: The Musical is playing now at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane