‘Shrek’ comes to the theatre

2015-05-28 06:00
Lyle Buxton as Shrek, with Rory Booth as Donkey.
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Lyle Buxton as Shrek, with Rory Booth as Donkey. Photo: supplied

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MAKE room for ogre-sized family fun as one of the greatest fairy tales never told comes to life in KickstArt’s West End musical adaptation of the hit movie Shrek! which comes to the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 23 May until 28 June.

The South African premier of this musical stars Lyle Buxton in the title role, Rory Booth as Donkey and Jessica Sole as Princess Fiona. Also in the cast are Jacobus van Heerden as Lord Farquaad, Graeme Wicks as Pinocchio, Charon Williams Ros as Gingy the Gingerbread Man and Peter Court as the fire-breathing dragon, and includes a cast of fairy-tale characters and a chorus of tap dancing rats.

Shrek the Musical is directed by Steven Stead, designed by Greg King, choreographed by Janine Bennewith, lighting by Tina le Roux with musical direction by Shelley McLean. It is based on the 2001 Dream Works film Shrek! and William Steig’s 1990 book Shrek! The musical adaptation has book and lyrics by David Lindsay Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori.

Shrek the Musical has become a global phenomenon with productions staged internationally including on West End and Broadway. It now comes to Durban. With an enormous cast, a fabulous score, speedy set changes, extravagant costumes, prosthetics and make-up – this is quite possibly the most challenging and elaborate production yet to be staged by multi-award-winning producers, KickstArt.

The story revolves around a benign ogre named Shrek who lives contentedly alone in a swamp. However, his solitude is disrupted when a band of disgruntled fairy-tale creatures show up on his property after being banished from the Kingdom of Duloc, on pain of death, by the evil Lord Farquaad.

Irritated by having to share his swamp, Shrek journeys to see Farquaad with the intention of regaining his privacy. On the road, he rescues a talkative donkey who insists on tagging along to show him the way. Shrek and Donkey arrive in Duloc where Farquaad demands that Shrek rescue his intended, Princess Fiona. The two unlikely friends set off to save Fiona. After a quest involving a fire-eating dragon, Princess Fiona is “rescued” from the tower by Shrek. On the way back to Duloc, Shrek and Princess Fiona get better acquainted and Donkey tries, unsuccessfully, to match-make them.

As Princess Fiona and Lord Farquaad are about to be married, there is an uprising from the fairy-tale characters, and Princess Fiona realises that Lord Farqaad is perhaps not her champion after all. And in the tradition of all good fairy stories, the villain is vanquished, the hero finds true love, and they all live happily ever after.

Booking is now open at Computicket. For block bookings of 10 or more, contact Ailsa Windsor of Going Places on 083 250 2690 or editor.goingplacessa@gmail.com

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