Last night Mr Purple, Super Kid, Robo Boy and I went to see Shrek The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome. We all love the Shrek films, and I was excited to see how they’d bring the story to the stage.
I had high expectations and I wasn’t disappointed. Shrek The Musical has been very successful in the West End, and it hasn’t been downscaled for it’s tour so you can expect a really spectacular show. The styling of the show is larger than life, almost cartoon, with lighting and special affects that made the children squeal with delight. Dean Chisnall and Faye Brookes play the lead roles of Shrek and Princess Fiona, they really brought the characters to life and Dean Chisnalls singing voice is wonderful. My favourite character was Gerard Carey as Lord Farquaad. He was absolutely brilliant, with perfect comic timing and some wonderful dance routines, performed perfectly with his fake tiny little legs.
Even though this is a retelling of a film the story feels really fresh because it has so many new ideas. Also, as good family entertainment should, it’s entertaining for both adults of children. It has magic and wonder that enchanted the children, bits that made my two giggle, and plenty of jokes for the grown ups too.
I must also tell you about the dragon. She is an absolutely super puppet. Operated so subtly that you are really pulled into the fantasy. She’s splendid, pink, and, voiced by Candace Furbert, she’s got real personality.
I would 100% recommend Shrek The Musical. I would say that very young children might find it a little long, so five and over is the age that I’d recommend. For more information, including tour dates and booking information, visit the website here.