Shrek the Musical to embark on a shrektacular UK & Ireland Tour

A Shrektacular principal cast line-up including Joanne Clifton (Princess Fiona), James Gillan (Shrek) and Brandon Lee Sears (Donkey) has been announced for the brand-new tour of Shrek the Musical.

Anthony Lawrence (Shrek) recently played Scar in The Lion King (International Tour) as well as performed in 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 went on to win 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 Faquaad) 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 also performed in Everybody’s talking About Jamie at the Ahmanson Theatre in LA for its six-week run.

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 musical.

Featuring the beloved Princess Fiona, the evil Lord Farquaad, a host of magical fairy-tale characters and fabulous songs including the smash hit ‘I’m a Believer’, Shrek the Musical is a musical extravaganza for big kids and little kids alike.

Come join the adventure as Shrek and Donkey endeavour to complete their quest, finding unexpected friendships and surprising romance along the way.

21 July 2023 – 29 July 2023 Plymouth Theatre Royal

1 August – 12 August 2023 Opera House Manchester

15 August – 20 August 2023 Bord Gais Energy Theatre

22 August – 27 August 2023 Bristol Hippodrome

29 August – 2 September 2023 The Cliffs Pavilion, Southend

5 September – 10 September 2023 The Sands Centre, Carlisle

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

19 September – 24 September 2023 Oxford New Theatre

26 September – 30 September 2023 New Wimbledon Theatre

2 October – 7 October 2023 Orchard Theatre, Dartford

10 October – 15 October 2023 Royal & Derngate, Northampton

17 October – 22 October 2023 Leicester Curve

24 October – 28 October 2023 The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

30 October – 4 September 2023 New Victoria Theatre, Woking

13 – 18 November 2023 Eastbourne Congress Theatre

20 November – 25 November 2023 Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

27 November – 2 December 2023 Grand Opera House York

12 December – 30 December 2023 Blackpool Winter Gardens

15 January – 20 January 2024 Glasgow Kings Theatre

22 January – 27 January 2024 Edinburgh Playhouse

30 January – 4 February 2024 Coventry Belgrade

6 February – 10 February 2024 Sunderland Empire

12 February – 17 February 2024 Liverpool Empire

20 February – 25 February 2024 Southampton Mayflower

27 February – 3 March 2024 Milton Keynes Theatres

5 March – 10 March 2024 Hull New Theatre

12 March – 17 March 2024 Cheltenham Everyman

19 March – 24 March 2024 Nottingham Theatre Royal

26 March – 30 March 2024 Norwich Theatre Royal

2 April – 6 April 2024 Grand Opera House Belfast

9 April – 14 April 2024 The Alexandra, Birmingham

16 April – 21 April 2024 Millenium Forum, Londonderry