Shrek The Musical announces its full cast lineup


Shrek The Musical has announced its full cast lineup

Shrek The Musical has announced its full cast lineup, with rising star Cherece Richards (Once on This Island, Regent’s Park Theatre) making her debut in a principal role as the dragon.

She will be joining a Shrek-tacular principal cast lineup, which includes Antony Lawrence (Shrek), Joanne Clifton (Princess Fiona), James Gillan (Lord Farquaad) and Brandon Lee Sears (Donkey) in the brand-new production of Shrek the Musical.

Opening at Plymouth Theatre Royal on 21 July 2023, the smash hit musical will tour through to April 2024, visiting 31 venues, including Oxford New Theatre, between 19 and 24 September.

The ensemble cast of Shrek the Musical will include Leo Abad, Scotty Armstrong, Imogen Bailey, Jabari Braham, Georgie Buckland, Natasha Cayabyab, Mark Darcy, Jonathan David Dudley, Remi Ferdinand, Sonny Grieveson, Edward Leigh, Bethany Kate, Jessica Lim, Andile Mabhena, Bronte MacMillan, India Thornton. Talia Duff, Gabby Gregorian, Roy Shafford and Jamie Jonathan complete the full cast lineup.

As previously announced, Antony Lawrence will play Shrek (Scar in The Lion King (International Tour) as well as Mary Poppins (National Tour), Matilda the Musical (Cambridge Theatre/RSC), and We Will Rock You (International Arena Tour)).

Best known for her time on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, after winning the World Professional Showdance Champion and the European Professional Ballroom Championship, Joanne Clifton (Fiona) joined the iconic TV show as a professional dancer.

During her time on the show, she won the Christmas Special with McFly’s Harry Judd and the Glitterball Trophy as the 2016 champion with her partner Ore Oduba. On stage, Joanne Clifton was most recently seen in Windfall (Southwark Playhouse) and The Addams Family (UK Tour).

Olivier Award-nominee James Gillan (Lord Farquaad) most recently created the role of Tray in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue) – a role he stayed with through the show’s entire West End run. He has also performed in productions of Wicked, Starlight Express and Taboo!

Brandon Lee Sears (Donkey) most recently played the role of Jimmy Early in Dreamgirls (UK tour). His previous theatre credits include the original West End productions of Be More Chill (Shaftesbury), Come From Away (Phoenix); Heathers (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Motown the Musical (Shaftesbury); and On the Town (Regents Park).

From the producers of Hairspray and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Shrek the Musical brings together a new creative team to re-image this award-winning Broadway and West End hit show for a new audience, featuring all the classic characters from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks animated film and the iconic songs and story from David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori’s original version.

The team joining forces to re-create the bright and beautiful world of Shrek the Musical includes acclaimed director and choreographer Nick Winston (Bonnie and Clyde, Arts Theatre; Beauty and the Beast, UK tour), co-director Sam Holmes (Club Tropicana the Musical), who returns to the swamp having played Lord Farquaad in the previous UK tour.

He is joined by Set, and costume design will be by Philip Witcomb (Bonnie & Clyde (Garrick Theatre); Jack & The Beanstalk, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham). The creative team further includes Ben Cracknel (Lighting), Jim Arnold (Casting) and Ben Harrison (Sound), Nina Dunn (Projection Design) and Jimmy Grimes (Puppet Design).

Leave your troubles ‘Far Far Away’ and come join the adventure as Shrek and Donkey endeavour to complete their quest of defeating the dragon and saving Princess Fiona. Featuring fabulous songs, including ‘I’m A Believer’, ‘Big Bright Beautiful World’ and ‘I Know It’s Today’.

Shrek the Musical has cemented itself as the “musical extravaganza for big kids and little kids alike”.

Shrek The Musical dates & venues

Plymouth Theatre Royal
21 to 29 July 2023

Opera House Manchester
01 to 12 August 2023

Bord Gais Energy Theatre
15 to 20 August 2023

Bristol Hippodrome
22 to 27 August 2023

The Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
29 August to 02 September 2023

The Sands Centre, Carlisle
05 to 10 September 2023

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
12 to 16 September 2023

Oxford New Theatre
19 to 24 September 2023

New Wimbledon Theatre
26 to 30 September 2023

Orchard Theatre, Dartford
02 to 07 October 2023

Royal & Derngate, Northampton
10 to 15 October 2023

Leicester Curve
17 to 22 October 2023

The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
24 to 28 October 2023

New Victoria Theatre, Woking
30 October to 04 November 2023

Eastbourne Congress Theatre
13 to 18 November 2023

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
20 to 25 November 2023

Grand Opera House York
27 November to 02 December 2023

Blackpool Winter Gardens
12 to 30 December 2023

Glasgow Kings Theatre
15 to 20 January 2024

Edinburgh Playhouse
22 to 27 January 2024

Coventry Belgrade
30 January to 4 February 2024

Sunderland Empire
06 to 10 February 2024

Liverpool Empire
12 to 17 February 2024

Southampton Mayflower
20 to 25 February 2024

Milton Keynes Theatres
27 February to 03 March 2024

Hull New Theatre
05 to 10 March 2024

Cheltenham Everyman
12 to 17 March 2024

Nottingham Theatre Royal
19 to 24 March 2024

Norwich Theatre Royal
26 to 30 March 2024

Grand Opera House Belfast
02 to 06 April 2024

The Alexandra, Birmingham
09 to 14 April 2024

Millenium Forum, Londonderry
16 to 21 April 2024

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