The Ogre-esque green stage!
Jack Black and Amanda Holden hang out backstage
All Shreked out!
It’s not everyday you get invited to watch a hotly anticipated musical in the company of a Royal and Hollywood A-lister, which is why MFM was thrilled to attend the Royal gala performance of the upcoming Shrek the Musical last night.
And what an Ogre-fest it was! Set in the regal Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, we made our way into the show, fighting our way through hoards of Paparazzi and exciteable mini-Ogres clad in green horns.
After our celeb spotting got off to a flying start (we spied Hollywood film director and Kate Winslet’s ex-hubby Sam Mendes eating canapes in the VIP area), we took to our seats ready for the show.
This wasn’t any old performance. Oh no. As tonight we would be joined by the Prince of Wales himself plus a special (and unlikely) side-kick… As luck would have it, our seats were perfectly diagonal to the Royal box where the Prince had a plumped-up red cushion waiting for him. The show was in aid of The Prince’s Foundation For Children And The Arts, with all ticket sales going to the charity.
When the Prince of Wales arrived we were greeted with the royal wave and a big ol’ wave from no other than Hollywood actor Jack Black, who looked rather dapper in his suit and tie.
Now, we can’t tell you too much about the show as it doesn’t officially hit the theatres until June 14, but we can tell you that Amanda Holden CAN sing, dance, act and dazzle with the best of them on the stage. We also thought the stage design, which had a DreamWorks stamp on it for sure, captured the original feel to the film without making it cheesy or over the top.
The costumes were perfect and made the show and Amanda’s gorgeous fairytale Princess outfits made us green with envy… Nigel Harman, who plays the hilariously funny Lord Farquaard, completely stole the show for us with his excellent comedy-timing and comic short-comings… (you’ll have to see the show to know what we mean by that!)
Even if you aren’t a fan of Shrek, it’s definitely worth a visit as it’s got enough grown-up gags, visual effects and foot-tapping songs to keep you entertained. We can’t wait to see it again…
For ticket enquiries, check out the Shrek the Musical website.