Review: Shrek-tacular night proves a monster hit with theatre-goers

Just when you thought it was all ogre – smash hit musical Shrek has returned to Aberdeen and is a stomping success.

The musical, based on the Oscar-winning film, is filled to the brim with original music.

Aberdeen audiences definitely had a Shrek-tacular time last night.

Although on the surface it appears to be geared towards children there are plenty of laughs for the adults.

Loaded with pop-culture references, innuendo, and a noble steed named Brexit, older audiences were also delighted.

It was all brought together though by the amazing cast.

Steffan Harri was a delight as Shrek. His strong character and voice brought everyone’s favourite ogre to life, drawing in the biggest applause at the end of the night.

Fans of BBC’s Call the Midwife would be proud of Laura Main’s performance as Princess Fiona.

The Aberdonian actor had the challenging task of singing with an American accent, one she took in her stride, as the confident Princess.

Lord Farquaad (Samuel Holmes) and Donkey (Marcus Ayton) commanded the biggest laughs.

Most of the more risqué content came from Farquaad, whose stage theatrics drew howls from the audience.

Marcus Ayton’s voice was amazing and he was everything you would want Donkey to be.

A highlight of the show was Jennifer Tierney as the Dragon. Her stage time was brief but her powerful voice extremely memorable.

Not only was her singing phenomenal but so was the design of Dragon, the movements of the massive prop made her really come alive.

Alongside a fantastic cast there was an equally impressive orchestra and set designs, with quick and smooth scene changes.

Musical fans would have been delighted as the show was laced with references from other smash musicals such as Wicked and Les Miserables.

Shrek the Musical, is back with a bang and is proving it has plenty to entertain theatre-goers of all ages.