I’m a Believer in Shrek the Musical

Written by on 3rd February 2018

Shrek The Musical has arrived in Sunderland! Adam Wood went along to the Sunderland Empire earlier this week…

Shrek is something I’ve been excited to go see since it has been announced, the show was set up to be one the most impressive things to hit the stage in Sunderland this year!

A bitterly cold 1st of the month was something that I hadn’t really counted on (But Hey Ho – It’s Sunderland). Walking in the grand looking tower entrance of the Sunderland Empire is something I don’t ever remember doing before but it added an elegance to the evening.

We took our seats in the very green auditorium as you would imagine. The performance started pretty much on time with the live band started to play with the first song told through the story of book with clever computer effects.

I want to keep this review short and to the point and not try to tell you every details because for that you’ll have to go see the Musical. The show portrays Shrek and his unlikely gang as he takes down Lord Farquaad and get the Princess of his dreams.

The staging and set of this production was almost perfect and something which surprised me but it worked well and helped tell the story.

The show features all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, (it wouldn’t be complete without it, let’s face it!) While the many much-loved fairytale characters, plus a particularly impressive 14-foot dragon brings an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza to life.

Shrek The Musical is directed by Nigel Harman, having made his directorial debut on the first ever tour.  Since then Nigel has gone on to direct Lunch & The Bow of Ulysses (Trafalgar Studios) and will direct Kelsey Grammer in Big Fish The Musical (The Other Palace) later this year.

Best known for his stage and television work, Nigel originated the role of Lord Farquaad in the West End, winning the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

The UK and Ireland tour of the original DreamWorks Production will be presented by the original West End production team Neal Street Productions and Playful Productions with Ron Kastner, Saracen Films, Tulchin/Bartner ProductionsGavin Kalin, Glass Half Full Productions/Just For Laughs Theatricals, Lee Menzies and Mark Cartwright.

Tickets can still be bought from the Box office at the Sunderland Empire or Online here.


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