Shrek’s Swamptacular Spectacle Hits Liverpool: A Review of Shrek the Musical at the Empire Theatre

Shrek the Musical
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The iconic green ogre has lumbered back onto the stage, bringing his hilarious story and heart-warming message to Liverpool’s Empire Theatre.

“Shrek the Musical,” bursting with energy and humour, is a delightful treat for audiences of all ages, reminding us that beauty truly lies within and love conquers all, even fire-breathing dragons!

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Stepping into the role of the grumpy yet lovable ogre is the formidable Antony Lawrence. His powerful vocals and comedic timing bring Shrek to life with endearing authenticity. From the swamp-dwelling solitude to the awkward romance with Fiona, Lawrence flawlessly captures the ogre’s journey of self-discovery and acceptance. Partnering him is the irrepressibly chatty Donkey, played with infectious enthusiasm by James Lacey. His comedic talent shines in every scene, and his dynamic chemistry with Lawrence leaves the audience in stitches.

The supporting cast also deserves a standing ovation. Stephanie Gilliland’s portrayal of Princess Fiona is far from the damsel in distress stereotype. She imbues the character with strength, vulnerability, and a powerful singing voice that soars during emotional ballads like “I Know It’s Today.” The ensemble cast brings the fairytale creatures to life with vibrant costumes, energetic dance routines, and hilarious performances, particularly during the show-stopping “Build a Wall” number.

The production itself is a visual feast. The set design seamlessly transports you from Shrek’s swamp to the bustling streets of Duloc, complete with clever nods to the film’s iconic locations. The costumes are colorful and playful, perfectly capturing the personalities of each character. The lighting design adds another layer of magic, with dramatic spotlights and playful use of color to enhance the emotional impact of each scene.

Of course, no “Shrek” production would be complete without its iconic soundtrack. The show features all the beloved songs from the film, including “I’m a Believer,” “Big Bright Beautiful World,” and the poignant “All Good Things (Life Ogres You Up).” The live orchestra flawlessly brings these songs to life, while the cast’s energetic vocals truly capture the spirit of each number.

But “Shrek the Musical” is more than just catchy tunes and dazzling visuals. The show’s underlying message of accepting oneself and others, regardless of appearances, resonates with the audience. Celebration of individuality are themes that remain relevant especially for younger audiences.

While there are a few minor quibbles, such as some sound balancing issues during the opening scenes, they do not detract from the overall enjoyment of the show. The production is fast-paced, engaging, and consistently funny, with memorable moments that will stay with you long after the curtain falls.

If you’re looking for a feel-good show that will entertain the whole family, look no further than “Shrek the Musical” at the Liverpool Empire Theatre. With its heartwarming message, infectious humor, and talented cast, this production is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. So, grab your fairy godmother, hop on your gingerbread steed, and head down to the swamp – you won’t regret it!

fI you’re thinking of going, just book it, you won’t regret it.  You can buy tickets here.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!

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