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Theatre Royal provides perfect setting for Shrek the Musical
Saturday, 27 July 2013
Now about to enter its second run on the West End, after gaining unstoppable momentum the first time round, Shrek the Musical is promising to be even more successful the second time. With all focus on London for the 2012 Olympic Games; and perhaps owing something to all the tourism and extra events that the Olympics bring with them; discount West End theatre tickets for shows like Shrek are being snapped up; the family oriented performances are proving to be the most popular of all.
Shrek’s second run at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is selling out fast, and perhaps that has something to do with the venue itself. It’s absolutely perfect for this production (and not just because it’s where the Muffin Man lives!) From its initial opening in 1663, and especially after the most recent renovation in 1812, the acoustics of the Theatre Royal are perfect for musical theatre, and Shrek is an absolute sing along smash. Boasting tunes the whole family will know (and not just from the original Dreamworks film) like “I’m a Believer”, as well as an entirely original and award winning score, Shrek was made for a stage like this. In fact, the Theatre Royal is owned by none other than Andrew Lloyd Webber, who knows a thing or two about how to stage a musical!
The Theatre Royal also has a mighty capacity of 2,000 all seated, which is necessary (to say the least) for such a fast selling musical. You’ll have to be quick to get tickets for this run of Shrek the Musical, but having returned so quickly for its second set of performances, Ticket.com aren’t ruling out the possibility of another opportunity in the near future. If you wait though, you might miss out on the current all-star cast, featuring British gangster rapper Richard Blackwood as the hilarious Donkey; the beautiful Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh as the sassy Princess Fiona; TV institution Nigel Lindsay as the eponymous ogre; and former Eastenders baddie Nigel Harman as the evil Lord Farquaad who even won an Olivier award for his performance last time round. With affordable pricing from £19.99, now is the perfect time to see Shrek, and the Theatre Royal could well be the perfect place.
Sir Ray Tindle
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