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Shrek posts closing notices

Story by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SHREK The Musical, which was booking at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane until March 31, will now give its final performance on Sunday, February 24, 2013.

It makes way for another Neal Street co-production, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was originally scheduled for the London Palladium. Instead it will begin preview performances at the Drury Lane venue on May 18, 2013 prior to a June opening.

Shrek The Musical premiered on Broadway in December 2008 and ran for just over a year. A re-vamped version opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in June 2011.

Commenting on its closure, Bill Damaschke from Dreamworks Theatricals, said:

“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 is set in a faraway kingdom turned upside down, where things get ugly when an unseemly ogre shows up to rescue a feisty princes. Throw in a donkey who won’t be quiet, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and a dozen or so other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero – Shrek.

The current cast includes Dean Chisnall as Shrek, Carley Stenson as Princess Fiona, Neil McDermott as Lord Farquaad and Richard Blackwood as Donkey.

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