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Review: Shrek The Musical at Sunderland Empire

Buckle up as Luxe heads to Sunderland Empire to join Shrek, Fiona and Donkey on a journey of friendship, acceptance and self-discovery…

It’s a magical world of Shrek and we’re all just living in it! This theatrical extravaganza draws inspiration from the animated film, offering audiences an unforgettable journey filled with laughter, adventure, and heartwarming moments.

From the producers of Hairspray and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Shrek The Musical with Joanne Clifton as Fiona and Anthony Lawrence as Shrek brought together a new creative team to reimagine this award-winning show, featuring all the classic characters from DreamWorks animated film and, of course, the iconic songs and story.

It’s the story of the lovable ogre, Shrek, whose solitary swamp life is disrupted when he’s tasked with rescuing Princess Fiona from a tower guarded by a dragon. Accompanied by his talkative companion, Donkey, Shrek sets off on a quest that leads to unexpected bonds and self-discovery. Along the way, they encounter colourful characters and confront the villainous Lord Farquaad’s true intentions…

Shrek The Musical Review: The Cast

Shrek Review Sunderland Empire

As the rainy day overtakes the whole of the North East, an evening of feel-good theatre is extremely appealing. Upon arrival, we can’t help but notice the exterior of the Sunderland Empire. It’s brilliantly adorned with green lights, in theme with our favourite grumpy ogre Shrek.

From the moment the curtains rise, we’re sure there won’t be a dull moment in the show. Leading the charge as the spirited Princess Fiona is Joanne Clifton, whose captivating performance effortlessly captures Fiona’s blend of strength, vulnerability, and charm. With her powerhouse vocals and impeccable stage presence, Clifton shines in the role, captivating audiences with every note and nuance.

Opposite Clifton is Anthony Lawrence, who commands the stage by portraying the lovable ogre, Shrek. Lawrence brings depth and heart to the role, infusing Shrek with a perfect balance of gruff exterior and tender vulnerability. His chemistry with Clifton’s Fiona is palpable, making their journey of self-discovery and love all the more compelling.

Brandon Lee Sears as Donkey brings comic relief and infectious energy to the stage. From his witty one-liners to his show-stopping musical numbers, Sears’ performance is a wonderful addition to the production, leaving audiences in stitches and begging for more.

Sunderland Empire Shrek The Musical Review: The Music

Shrek Review Sunderland Empire

A unique element that brings so much character depth and emotion to the production is music.

The heartfelt number ‘Don’t Let Me Go’ performed by Donkey is full of personality and vulnerability. It serves as a touching moment of introspection for Donkey, highlighting the depth and wit of his character. As well as the strength of his bond with Shrek. As he navigates the ups and downs of their journey together, Donkey’s heartfelt plea resonates with the audience. It reminds us of the power of friendship and the importance of being there for each other through thick and thin.

For Shrek, the ballad ‘Who I’d Be’ serves as a powerful exploration of identity and self-discovery. Anthony Lawrence delivers a stirring rendition of the song, conveying Shrek’s inner turmoil and a glimpse into his dreams. It’s a powerful number showing the true, kind, and caring heart of Shrek. One, that might not always be on display.

In ‘I Think I Got You Beat’ Shrek and Fiona engage in a hilarious and unexpected duet. It explores the ups and downs of their budding and charming relationship. Brandon Lee Sears and Joanne Clifton showcase their comedic talents as they navigate the song’s playful banter and raucous humour, leaving audiences in stitches with their dynamic performance.

Of course, no production of Shrek The Musical would be complete without the iconic finale, ‘I’m a Believer’. The joyous number brings the entire cast together, leaving us on our feet and singing along with infectious enthusiasm.

Who Should See It?

The answer is simple: everybody! Families looking for a fun-filled night out, fans of the beloved animated film, and theatre enthusiasts seeking a heartwarming experience. The show will bring a smile to everyone’s face.

So, if you’re in the mood for an evening of pure joy and entertainment, do yourself a favour and snag a ticket to Shrek the Musical at the Sunderland Empire before it goes Far Far Away…