Shrek The Musical to close 24 Feb 2013

Shrek The Musical has posted closing notices for 24 Feb 2013 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. (It is replaced with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical)

Bill Damaschke, Chief Creative Officer for DreamWorks Animation, and producer of SHREK THE MUSICAL®, said today: “When we moved in to Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in March 2011 we knew that it would be the perfect home for Shrek The Musical and so it has proved to be. Joining an illustrious list of new musicals that have played this venue is a source of pride for me personally, and for the whole transatlantic team that works on the show every day. Of course it is not without sadness that we have decided to leave next year but it is some consolation that Sam Mendes and Caro Newling, our producing partners at Neal Street Productions, will retain the lease of this remarkable building. At DreamWorks Theatricals our attention turns to planning a UK tour of SHREK THE MUSICAL® in 2014, the introduction to the UK of Madagascar Live!, and our live arena tour of How To Train Your Dragon which we plan to bring to the UK in late 2013.”

Shrek The Musical, which opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on 14 June 2011, following previews from 6 May, has 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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