Producers Mark Goucher, Gavin Kalin and Matthew Gale have announced that a brand-new production of the award-winning Broadway and West End hit show Shrek the Musical will tour the UK and Ireland from July 2023.
Shrek the Musical opens at Plymouth Theatre Royal on 21 July 2023 and then tours to Manchester, Dublin, Bristol, Southend, Carlisle, Aberdeen, Oxford, Wimbledon, Dartford, Northampton, Bradford, Woking, Eastbourne, Cardiff, York and Blackpool, with more dates to be announced soon.
The Manchester Opera House will host the show’s official national press night on 3 August 2023, and the production will run at the venue from 1 to 12 August 2023.
The big, bright, beautiful fairy-tale world of Shrek will be reimagined by a new creative team for this major tour. All the classic characters from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks animated film will be back to paint the town green, accompanied by the iconic songs and story from David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori’s original musical.
Having played Lord Farquaad in the previous UK tour, Sam Holmes returns to the swamp to co-direct the production, and he is joined by acclaimed director and choreographer Nick Winston. Set and costume design will be by Philip Witcomb.
Further creative team to be announced in due course.
The Oscar®-winning DreamWorks animated film Shrek celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. Shrek the Musical was first performed on Broadway in 2008, receiving 8 Tony nominations, and the award for Best Costume Design. The original West End production was nominated for 4 Olivier awards, including Best New Musical, at the 2012 Olivier awards.