Shrek The Musical at the Palace Theatre, Manchester

Following a record-breaking UK and Ireland Tour, the smash hit blockbuster is back – and larger than life!

Based on the story and characters from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy.

Join Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages!

Lindsay Harris and her daughter, Neve, went to review Shrek The Musical for us on Tuesday 16th January 2018 at the Palace Theatre, Manchester. This is what they had to say about this family production in Manchester…

Mum’s Review…

As huge Dreamworks movies fans, Shrek in particular, we have been hoping to see Shrek the musical for years and have heard great things about it. So, on a snowy night in January we were excited to head to The Palace to see it.

The stage was set with a huge story book and as the house lights went down the book opened and baby Shrek’s head appeared. There was a bit of a technical hitch at this point which actually left the audience in stitches. Just what you need on a press night! But we soon got back to it and heard the back story of Shrek that we haven’t heard before.

The opening number ‘Big Bright Beautiful World’ was a cheesy musical hit with a slight twist and a sign of the story to come. A big number with sing a long lyrics and great choreography to get the show off to a start.

The cast were all commendable, Samuel Holmes as Lord Farquaad was hilarious and totally stole the show, not just with his hysterical walk, his whole act was A class and left the audience cheering and whistling every time his act finished. But there were some noticeable performances in some of the smaller roles too. Gingy/Sugar plum fairy and Pinocchio really stood out.

The scene in which we met Dragon was rather special, the puppetry of the stunning creature was beautiful to watch and Dragon was voiced by a very powerful singer who did make an appearance in the final scene.

The story was a little different to that of the film, while it stuck to the main points it also added a few back stories and we saw a lot more of the fairytale creatures. My favorite number actually was ‘Freak Flag’ which was a big showstopper, beautifully performed entirely by the fairytale folk and with none of the main cast. A colourful, fun, well choreographed number.

The show is perfect for audiences of all ages, the kids in particular seemed to love the scene that consisted almost entirely of bodily noises. Well Fiona and Shrek are Ogres after all! Great writing with loads of fun and laughs and some brilliant yet slightly twisted show tunes.

Great fun for all the family, a must see whether you’re a fan of the film or not.

Score 8/10 ****

Lindsay Harris (Mum) Trusty Reviewer from Ramsbottom, Lancashire

Daughter’s Review…

I love the film Shrek so I was really excited when my mum said we were going to see Shrek the musical. I thought it was very funny and some of the jokes were more for younger children but everybody laughed as the show was so funny.

The fairytale creatures were great and you see more of them than you do in the

film. Dragon was beautiful and filled the stage but I thought she might flight out over the audience like the reindeer did in the pantomime we saw. That would’ve been good in the wedding scene when she comes to rescue them.

It was very clever how Fiona kept changing from an Ogre to a human but I could see that her make up was patchy on the final scene and that might ruin a bit for younger children. We were very near the front though.

The songs were great even though I didn’t know any of them except ‘I’m a believer’. They were all sung well and the words were good, some of them were very funny.

There was nothing scary or rude and it was really funny so I’m sure that young children would enjoy it and older children and adults would too. Everyone in the audience was cheering along. I thought it was a brilliant show.

Score 8/10 ****

Neve Harris (Daughter) Trusty Reviewer from Ramsbottom, Lancashire

Mother’s Score – 8/10
Daughter’s Score – 8/10

Total Score – 16/20 ****

Shrek The Musical is on in Manchester until January 28th 2018. You can purchase tickets by clicking on the link below:


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