Shrek The Musical
Nigel Lindsay’s portly, green-faced ogre and Amanda Holden’s pretty as a
picture Princess Fiona are amiable enough as they bond over a bout of
flatulence in this likeable musical stage adaptation of the DreamWorks
The colourful fairy tale characters and tap-dancing rats are
fun, too, though Richard Blackwood’s Donkey misses a trick.
But the real highlights of this entertaining, family-friendly show are the
lovesick dragon which flies over the audience with fluttering eye-lashes and
a knock-em-dead voice (courtesy of Landi Oshinowo) and Nigel Harman’s
vertically challenged Lord Farquaad.
Underhand, desperate to wed, and
barely half the height of his intended, he gives what must be one of the
best comic performances of the year, scuttling furiously across the stage on
his knees with fake yellow puppet legs flapping.
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Catherine Street, WC2B 5JF
0844 871 7615
Tube: Charing Cross/Covent Garden
Until October 21
– Louise Kingsley