Shrek the Musical – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

What is it about?

Most of you will be familiar with the film and the show doesn’t stray from the basics of the plot – Unlikely hero Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon.

Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude to the mix and the result is the biggest, brightest musical comedy around.

What was good about it?

Honestly? Everything, there wasn’t a dull moment from start to finish.

It’s a feel-good, family-friendly show packed with laughs.

The majority of the songs are original but the fact I’d never heard them before didn’t matter – they covered all bases – some were emotional, others witty but all performed perfectly by the talented cast.

The actors who brought the main characters to life Dean Chisnall (Shrek), Bronté Barbé (Princess Fiona) and Idriss Kargbo (Donkey) could not be faulted as they gave it their all.

What was bad about it?

Nothing – it’s a must see.


All of the scenes with Lord Farquaad were brilliant. Actor Gerard Carey spends most of the show on his knees in order to portray the tiny power-hungry character and that alone provided much hilarity but combined with the witty lines and comic timing, he stole the show for me.

The fairy tale creatures singing Story of My Life was another big moment in the show. The costumes were brilliant - Pinocchio and the Three Little Pigs were my favourites – so it was visually incredible to see them all come together on stage.

The scene where the dragon meets Donkey is fantastic and Christina Modestou, who belts out Forever from backstage has an amazing voice.

A special mention must be given to Megan Doyle, aged 11, who played Young Fiona. Her vocals were simply stunning for someone so young and she is sure to be a star.


Shrek is running at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre until October 11.

Running time: 2hrs 20min

Ticket prices start from £16.50 and are available by clicking here.