Review: Shrek The Musical at the Liverpool Empire Theatre

Posted on 26 November 2015
By Rachel Murphy
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Direct from the West-End, Shrek The Musical earned a standing ovation from the crowd at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool this evening.

Opening night went down a storm today as the cast of Shrek earned their tremendous applause for every performance in true showmanship style. With the professionalism and pure talent coming from actors as young as nine, the performance managed to run through perfectly without a single hitch.

Basic scenery and special effects made it easier to see the detail and effort gone in to each and every costume, including that of Lord Farquaad played by Gerard Carey, making his costume hilariously comedic with the use of blackened trousers and puppeteer legs.

By playing the role of Shrek, Dean Chisnall, brought the animated character to life with his wit and hilariously planned out mix of mild adult and child friendly humour.

A long side him as perfect substitutes for the real thing, Bronté Barbé –Princess Fiona- and Idriss Kargbo -Donkey-, had such a confident and charming stage presence throughout the entire play. However, there would be no point in listing main characters if there was no mention of the one and only role taken up by four separate men, The Dragon was controlled by men in black throughout every sequence making the extra-large puppet seem extraordinarily life like.

The play itself stayed so true to the film, with a few added songs that were phenomenal, all of which resulted in roaring applause from each and every member of the audience. With almost every seat taken, the closing number “I’m a believer” brought the house down, earning a well-deserved standing ovation.

Shrek The Musical is set for another 11 nights at the Empire Theatre, ending on the 6th of December, tickets are selling fast and for very good reason.

This performance is not one to be missed, with its satisfying family friendly humour, Shrek The Musical is the place to be this winter.

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