Shrek the Musical at Norwich Theatre Royal was an all singing, all dancing extravaganza with more razzmatazz than you could shake a stick at. Whether your five or ninety-five, Shrek will put a huge cheesy grin on your face and make laugh out loud for the entirety of the show. It’s the perfect mid-year pick me up and a must-see for anyone who is missing the panto!
Shrek the Musical squeezed in all of the best bits of the movie into one rather bonkers performance. It’s the kind of show that fans will adore and anyone who is new to it will still love. The story did have a little update thanks to a smattering of political and cultural references spread throughout. There were plenty of innuendos to keep the grown-ups entertained throughout Shrek’s journey to rescue Fiona too.
Whilst the references got the audience chuckling away there were a couple of characters that stole the show. Donkey was the sassiest character I’ve ever seen on stage. His hilarious narration, say-it-like-it-is attitude, quirky facial expressions and high octane energy made so many of the scenes. But it was the pint-sized Lord Farquaart who was arguably the star of the show. Samuel Holmes spent the entirety of the show performing and dancing on his knees which was quite the feat. He had such the presence on stage and stole the show with his quick-witted humour and cheeky facial expressions.
Nothing in this performance was done by halves; whether it the powerful vocals, the giant and ever so slightly creepy dragon puppet, the dazzling costumes and high energy dance routines, 110% was always given. It was a sleek, well-rehearsed performance that must have been so physically draining on the actors. Not that you could tell though.
As well as being absolutely hilarious it was such a heart-warming, upbeat show that reminded us all to love each other for the people we are and embrace our flaws. Whether you adore musicals, really miss the panto or, like me, you grew up watching the films, you’ll adore this performance. It’s the kind of show that you want to watch again and again.