Shrek The Musical – Reviewed by Kate Gilbert, With Performances Until 6 January

All my family are fans of the Shrek films and I was excited to see the musical version.  Mum and I arrived at The Grand Theatre in Leeds and sat down to eagerly await the show.  The theatre was jam-packed full with passionate Shrek fans of all ages.

Photographs provided by Leeds Grand Theatre.

There were loads of characters in the show, too many to mention and they were all great. But the stars of the show were definitely Lord Farquaad and Donkey.

Lord Farquaad stood out because of his many talents, which consisted of his resemblance to the movie character, his acting and the way he portrayed the character. Additionally, we both loved his costume, especially the way he gave the impression of being short – the director did so by making him (discreetly) crawl on his knees throughout the show.

All the cast looked like they were enjoying the performance just as much as us!  The music was fun and catchy, while the voices complimented the well-rehearsed and entertaining dance routines.

My mum and I both agree that the funniest scene was the ‘trump off’.  The whole audience loved that! Everybody was also very impressed with the enormity, yet flexibility of the dragon.  It must take a lot of effort to make the dragon move so gracefully.

Photograph by Helen Maybanks

It’s not a cheap night out but it is certainly worth the price.  I would definitely recommend this show, especially during the festive period.

I will give Shrek 4 stars out of five. If there had been a bit more audience participation, it would be a fabulous five out of five.

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Kate Gilbert

Kate combines her enjoyment of theatre and music with writing about events for Leeds Living.

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