My second visit to see Shrek the musical, we heard they were back in Nottingham and couldn’t wait to get the tickets. We had the opportunity to have photos with some of the cast on the red carpet. All the children lined up for photos with the fairytale characters which was great fun. My daughter was excited but upset that she forgot her Shrek puppet. We had good seats and the stage was set with a giant green story book. The opening scene with the characters peeping through the pages was brilliant and a great start.

The show included a mix of great songs and routines, all the favourites played their parts well and thrilled the audience. I think I kept clapping at every part getting over excited, and my daughter reserved her appreciation for the end. She really enjoyed the show, but she was too transfixed to clap or whoop unlike her Mum.

My favourite scenes were with the Beautiful Dragon and Donkey, Dragon filled the stage with her Diva voice. Donkey (Marcus Ayton) was fun and Sassy and we both wanted Donkey ears. Other wonderful scenes were with Lord Farquaad (Samuel Holmes) with his little legs and outrageously large ego, fabulous comedy and timing. The cast and costumes were amazing and hats off to how hot they must be dancing around and keeping the audience entertained.

The set was a good mix of inventive ideas for the various settings of Shrek’s quest to rescue Princess Fiona (Amelia Lily), by far my daughters favourite character with her cheeky un-princess like ways. The tap routine with the rats was brilliant. If you want to treat the kids and have a little fun now Autumn is here try to catch the show, fun for all the family.

Good points -Amazing routines and costumes

Bad points – Go bigger, more sass, showbiz and sparkles to cheer up dark nights.

Set 8/10
Performance 8/10

Photo Credits – Tristram Kenton & Helen Maybanks