Cast Update for Shrek The Musical at Drury lane

Cast update for Shrek The Musical, which opens at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane at the end of May 2011.

Public booking opens 1 October 2010.

Amanda Holden will play Princess Fiona, and Richard Blackwood will play Donkey. Further casting to be announced.

Amanda Holden played the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2003. Among her varied television roles are Mel in the BBC’s Kiss Me Kate, Mia Bevan in the BBC’s Cutting It and Sarah Trevanion in ITV1’s Wild at Heart. Amanda is a judge on ITV1’s Britain's Got Talent, and the UK correspondent for CBS America’s The Early Show.

Richard Blackwood is a regular on the comedy circuit. He recently performed in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre. In 2007 Richard became the host of ‘RB’s Sunday School’ on Choice FM. He has a range of TV credits including Anton in ITV’s Britannia High, BBC1’s Dani’s House and his own show on Channel 4, The Richard Blackwood Show.

Shrek The Musical played on Broadway from December 2008 to January 2010. The original creative team has now re-assembled to stage the production with new songs and additional scenes.

Book & Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Jeanine Tesori. Based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! and the feature film Shrek.

It is directed by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford, designs & costumes by Tim Hatley, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, choreography by Josh Prince, sound by Peter Hylenski. Produced by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions.

Tells the story, of the swamp-dwelling ogre who, in a faraway kingdom, embarks on a life-changing adventure in order to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey who won’t shut up, this unlikely hero - not a handsome prince - fights a fearsome dragon, rescues the feisty Princess Fiona and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales.

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