New dates have been announced for the 2017/2018 tour of the hit fairy tale with the green-tinged twist, Shrek the Musical.
The second major tour of the Dreamworks Theatricals’ musical hit will now play dates in Sheffield, Cardiff, Woking, Liverpool, Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Llandudno and Leeds.
As previously announced, the outsize ogre will initially take to the stage for a Christmas season at the Edinburgh Playhouse from 12 December until 7 January 2018 before taking in dates in Manchester, Sunderland, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Stoke and Blackpool. Further venues will be announced.
Nigel Harman will once again take charge of the touring production of the show when the musical tale of Shrek, Princess Fiona, Donkey and co hits the road again.
Harman, who originated the role of Lord Farquaad when the musical version of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film opened in the West End in 2011 (winning an Olivier Award), made his directorial debut on the musical’s first UK and Ireland tour in 2014.
Referring to his relationship with the multi award-winning musical, the former EastEnder, who now splits his time between stage and screen work, said: “I had so much fun directing the original UK and Ireland tour that I jumped at the chance to work on it again.
“Shrek the Musical has created pivotal moments in my career – firstly winning an Olivier, and then my directorial debut. It’s certainly become one of the classic family musicals of all time and I’m really proud to be a part of it.”
Based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! and the much-loved feature film, Shrek the Musical was originally directed in the West End by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford, the show has book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Jeanine Tesori, with set and costume design by Tim Hatley.
Nearly 800,000 people saw the show during its first UK and Ireland tour when it visited 25 major venues over 20 months. The production was first staged in the UK at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 2011. Since opening on Broadway in 2008, the show has toured across the USA and Canada. Productions have also played in Spain, Poland, France, Malaysia, China, Brazil, Italy, Denmark, The Netherlands, Estonia, Israel and Turkey.
The UK and Ireland tour of the original DreamWorks Production will be presented by Neal Street Productions, Playful Productions, Ron Kastner, Saracen Films, Tulchin/Bartner Productions, Gavin Kalin, Glass Half Full Productions/Just For Laughs Theatricals, Lee Menzies and Mark Cartwright.
Casting information and full tour dates will be announced at a later date.