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Les Misérables – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer Original French text: Alain Boubil and Jean-Marc Natel Adapted from the novel by Victor Hugo Director:  Laurence Connor and James Powell Reviewer: Barbara Michaels One of the best-loved musicals of all time, Les Misérables – the longest-running musical ever in London’s West End and the second-longest worldwide – is back on tour. Cameron Mackintosh’s ...

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Working – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Studs Terkel Adaptors: Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Stephen Bates In the eyes of America’s current President, the triple whammy of globalisation, de-industrialisation and illegal immigration has snuffed out working life in large parts of his country. Therefore, there can be nothing more timely than the reminder of the values of work that comes from ...

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Shrek the Musical – The Lowry, Salford

Dean Chisnall and Bronte Barbe in Shrek The Musical

Book &Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: John Roberts   Based on the 2001 DreamWorks animated movie – which itself was based on a picture book by William Steig, Shrek the Musical first landed on Broadway in 2008, and a West End run followed in 2011 – 2013. This current UK tour has been on the ...

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Shrek the Musical – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Idriss Kargbo and Dean Chisnall in Shrek UK tour

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Big, bold and irreverent, Shrek the Musical translates the hit 2001 film into a slick, superbly staged musical romp that entertains family and adult audiences alike. The musical largely follows the same narrative as the film, albeit with some tweaks and a bit of backstory for ...

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Shrek The Musical – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Shrek and Donkey from the Musical

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Tour Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Beth Steer Based on DreamWorks’ 2001 block-buster animation, Shrek the Musical is pitted as an ‘all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza’ that makes for the perfect family show for Christmas. Shrek follows the adventures of a famously green, infamously ugly ogre – who makes a most loveable, if unlikely, hero ...

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Shrek The Musical – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Shrek and Donkey from the Musical

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Original Book: William Steig Music: Jeannie Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Matt Forrest   With television channels rapidly assembling their Yuletide schedules just in time for Christmas, you can pretty much guarantee family favourite Shrek (the movie) will be somewhere in the mix. Originally released in 2001, this Oscar-winning blockbuster has entertained young and old ...

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Shrek the Musical – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Shrek and Donkey from the Musical

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall Shrek the Musical sounds like your average fairytale. Princess Fiona has been trapped in a tower since the age of seven, guarded by a large dragon, and dreaming of her Prince Charming to come and rescue her. There’s a twist to the tale, though, as her ...

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Shrek The Musical – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Original Director: Jason Moore and Rob Ashford Tour Director: Nigel Harman Musical Director: Dave Rose Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Touring stage musicals are a strange beast. Sometimes some of the magic and spectacle is lost in the scaling down to allow for tour logistics. Shrek The Musical, however, is fittingly a genre-defying ...

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