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NEWS: Nigel Harman to direct UK tour of Shrek the Musical

Shrek the MusicalNigel Harman best known for his long running rôle as Dennis Rickman in Eastenders and soon to be playing Simon Cowell in I Can’t Sing the X-Factor Musical at the London Palladium will direct the UK and Ireland tour of Shrek the Musical, which will open at the Leeds Grand Theatre in July 2014.

Harman is no stranger to the production having played the rôle of Lord Farquaad in the original UK production at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where he won the 2012 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting rôle in a Musical.

Produced by Dreamworks Theatricals the production will tour to Bristol, Nottingham, Belfast, Dublin, Oxford, Manchester, Aberdeen, Canterbury, Newcastle, Glasgow and Sheffield with further venues still to be announced.

Originally directed in the West End by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford the musical is based on the characters from William Steig’s picture book favourite Shrek! Which was then turned into a successful animated franchise by Dreamworks Animation.

Bill Damaschke, Chief Creative Officer of DreamWorks says:

“We are thrilled that Shrek and his fairy-tale friends will be heading out on tour across the UK and Ireland and delighted that our very own Nigel Harman will be directing SHREK THE MUSICAL® on the road. It has been such a joy to bring this loved story to life and we can’t wait for families up and down the country to experience their beloved swamp-dwelling ogre, Princess Fiona, Donkey and all their pals live on stage, as so many have on Broadway and in the west end”.

Director of SHREK THE MUSICAL®UK and Ireland Tour, Nigel Harman says:

“I am delighted to be returning to Shrek as its director. This show is very special to me with its dizzying blend of great characters, a hilarious script and sublime music. This production is visually stunning, and the story has the magic ingredient of moving at great pace while still being surprisingly intimate. In short, there was no way I was going to say no to the challenge of realising the production for the UK and Ireland. I really can’t wait to take this show on the road!”

The UK and Ireland tour will be presented by Dreamworks Theatricals, Neal Street Productions, Playful Productions, Lee Menzies, Ron Kastner, Robert G Bartner, Saracen Films, Mark Cartwright, Gavin Kalin, Glass Half Full Productions/Just For Laughs Theatricals.

Casting and further tour dates to be announced soon.

Website: www.shrekthemusical.co.uk

Twitter: www.twitter.com/shrekuktour

Facebook: www.facebook.com/shrekthemusicaluktour

TOUR SCHEDULE

Wednesday 23 July 2014 – Sunday 17 August 2014

LEEDS GRAND THEATRE |www.leedsgrandtheatre.com |0844 848 2700

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Tuesday 19 August 2014 – Sunday 7 September 2014

BRISTOL HIPPODROME |www.atgtickets.com/bristol |0844 871 3012

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Wednesday 10 September 2014 – Sunday 28 September 2014

NOTTINGHAM THEATRE ROYAL |www.trch.co.uk |0115 989 5555

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Wednesday 8 October 2014 – Sunday 19 October 2014

BELFAST GRAND OPERA HOUSE |www.goh.co.uk |02890 241919

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Tuesday 21 October 2014 – Sunday 9 November 2014

BORD GÁIS ENERGY THEATRE, DUBLIN |www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie |00 353 (0) 818 719 377

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Wednesday 12 November 2014 – Sunday 16 November 2014

NEW THEATRE, OXFORD |www.atgtickets.com/oxford |0844 871 3020

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Tuesday 2 December 2014 – Sunday 11 January 2015

PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER |www.atgtickets.com/manchester |0844 871 3019

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Wednesday 21 January 2015 – Sunday 8 February 2015

HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE, ABERDEEN |www.boxofficeaberdeen.com |01224 641 122

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Wednesday 11 February 2015 – Sunday 1 March 2015

MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY |www.marlowetheatre.com |01227 787 787

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Wednesday 11 March 2015 – Sunday 29 March 2015

NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL |www.theatreroyal.co.uk |0844 811 2121

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Wednesday 29 April 2015 – Sunday 17 May 2015

KINGS THEATRE, GLASGOW |www.atgtickets.com/glasgow |0844 871 7648

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Wednesday 27 May 2015 – Sunday 7 June 2015

LYCEUM THEATRE, SHEFFIELD |www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk |0114 249 6000

Photo: Helen Maybanks

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