The principal cast line-up including Joanne Clifton (Princess Fiona), James Gillan (Shrek) and Brandon Lee Sears (Donkey) in the brand-new production of Shrek the Musical has been announced. Opening at Theatre Royal Plymouth on 21 July 2023, the smash hit musical will tour through to April 2024 to a total of 31 venues.  

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).

On 27 February 2023, the cast of Shrek the Musical will perform at BBC Big Night of the Musicals at Manchester’s AO Arena. The programme will be shown in a special 90-minute presentation on BBC One and on BBC Radio 2 in the spring.

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.

Shrek the Musical opens at Plymouth Theatre Royal on 21 July 2023 and then tours to Manchester, Dublin, Bristol, Southend, Carlisle, Aberdeen, Oxford, Wimbledon, Dartford, Northampton, Bradford, Woking, Eastbourne, Cardiff, York, Blackpool and in 2024: Glasgow Kings, Edinburgh Playhouse, Coventry Belgrade, Sunderland Empire, Liverpool Empire, Southampton Mayflower, Milton Keynes Theatres, Hull New, Cheltenham Everyman, Nottingham Playhouse, Norwich Theatre Royal, Grand Opera House Belfast, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham and The Millenium Forum, Derry. For full listings, please see the notes to editors below.

The national press night will be Thursday 3 August 2023 at Opera House Manchester.

The team joining forces to re-create the bright and beautiful world of Shrek the Musical includes acclaimed director and choreographer Nick Winston (Bonnie and Clyde, Arts Theatre; Beauty and the Beast, UK tour), co-director Sam Holmes (Club Tropicana the Musical), who returns to the swamp having played Lord Farquaad in the previous UK tour. He is joined by Set and costume design will be by Philip Witcomb (Bonnie & Clyde (Garrick Theatre); Jack & The Beanstalk, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham). Further creative team includes Ben Cracknel (Lighting), Jim Arnold (Casting) and Ben Harrison (Sound).

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, the Broadway and West End smash hit Shrek the Musical is a fun-filled and hilarious musical comedy with a cast of vibrant characters and a ‘shrektackular’ score.

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