Following a string of nostalgic stage shows here in Manchester – from Bedknobs and Broomsticks to the upcoming Mrs Doubtfire – Manchester Opera House has announced that the next blast from the past is set to paint the town green, re-telling the beloved story of Shrek and his companions.
Landing in Manchester in August 2023, the new production recreates the award-winning Broadway and West End show Shrek the Musical, with an all-new creative team at the helm. Boasting a team of big names who’ve worked on globally loved productions such as Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast and Rock of Ages, guests are in for an epic ride when watching the show, the iconic songs and story from David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori’s original musical forming part of the reimagined show.
The official synopsis reads: “Join our unlikely hero Shrek and his noble steed Donkey as they embark on a big, bright, musical adventure. Based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks animated film, the Broadway and West End hit Shrek the Musical is a fun-filled, hilarious musical comedy with a cast of vibrant characters and a ‘shrektacular’ score.”
Mark Goucher, one of the show’s producers, said: “I am delighted to be bringing this re-imagined production of the beloved ‘Shrek the Musical’ to audiences across the UK and Ireland. The story of Shrek is known and loved across the world and this show is an incredibly joyous, fun and uplifting evening at the theatre that will be enjoyed by all ages”.
The original Broadway and West End shows have been nominated for some huge awards, including multiple Tony’s and Olivier awards.
Tickets are on sale now, and the show will run in Manchester from 1-12 August. Get tickets here.