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Review: Shrek the Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: August 22, 2014

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Shrek The Musical

Bristol Hippodrome

On until September 4

Review by Sue Kemp

THE Shrek films are some of my favourites, so I was a little nervous about seeing how the gang would translate on to the stage.

But I needn’t have worried – Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, Lord Farquaad et all are played to perfection in this fabulous musical production.

It is a true family show and an absolute joy from start to finish. From the moment the audience of all ages filtered in, they were up for a great night – many supporting a variety of Shrek and Fiona ears and crowns.

While all the main characters are great and have real chemistry between them, my favourite had to be the vertically-challenged Lord Farquaad. Played superbly by Gerard Carey you forgot after a few moments that he was actually waddling about on his knees. He had the audience in stitches with every appearance.

But this is a real ensemble piece with all the characters – even those with less time on stage – contributing to its great success. My seven-year-old loved the Gingerbread Man and Pinocchio but the whole fairytale gang were great.

The story follows much the same lines as the original Shrek film, with the addition of some great upbeat musical numbers – ranging from funk to tap and including a giant soul-singing diva dragon belting out an Aretha Franklin-esque number.

And thanks to some great writing it retains all the comedy elements – and adds a whole lot more.

It really is a fantastic night’s family entertainment and well worth a trip to Bristol to see. Don’t miss it.

Sue Kemp

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