Our thoughts on Shrek The Musical

Shrek The Musical…. aaahhh…

It was amazing, buzzing, uplifting, funny, making you want to standup to dance and sing along!

Last week we were invited as a family to see the show at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London. Unfortunately the boys were not well enough to be taken all the way to London for a late one on a school night. So we made the (hard) decision to leave them at home and enjoy a second night out with my husband in a month! Woo Hee! (sorry kids)

If you’ve seen the film and liked it, you will LOVE the musical! It is fun for everyone and at every level. You kind of end up with a smile that won’t go anywhere, because every single minute of the show have you smiling, if not laughing.

Ok, there is a terrible forced American accent going on but once you passed this you are totally swallowed into the spirit.

Shrek is as Shrek should be: grumpy, moving and more sensitive that he would like to be.

Princess Fiona is sweet, witty, feisty and lovely.

Donkey well he is Donkey, and if you’ve seen the film you’ll know what I mean.

But Lord Farquaad… Lord Farquaad is brilliant, absolutely brilliant! By far my favourite character in the play. He is played by Neil McDermott who I used to really like in Eastenders and the smile is as charming in the role he plays there. Lord Farquaad in the Musical is a complex character who has a difficult relationship with his dad (Snow White’s Grumpy) and who is very moving, extremely funny and touching. Something you don’t get in the film.

This has to be THE number one family Christmas Show in London and if you are thinking of somewhere to take the whole family during the festive season, that will make everyone laugh and enjoy the day out, then think about it seriously. There were lots of children in the theatre and right next to us there was a tiny little boy who was mesmerised and so well behaved! I can’t wait to take the boys now.

And if you want a taste of what you get, then watch the Shrek The Musical Christmas video which is a charity song for Centrepoint, the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. I dare you not to smile, if not have a good laugh.

Age Recommendation: Shrek The Musical is recommended for ages 5 and up. Younger children will be admitted, but it is the policy of Theatre Royal Drury Lane that staff may ask for them to be removed from the auditorium if they cause a disturbance to other patrons. All persons entering the theatre must have a ticket – babes in arms are not permitted.

Disclosure: we were offered two tickets to attend the show