SHREK IS NO LONGER SHOWING IN LONDON, BUT YOU CAN GET TICKETS FOR THE REGIONAL SHREK SHOWS HERE WHEN THEY GO ON SALE!
Superbreak’s Head of Theatre David Thomas was lucky enough to be at the official opening night of the eagerly awaited Shrek the Musical. In a special guest post for our blog he talks us through some of the significant events that led up to this magical night. Despite being a man of experience David claims he wasn’t born in 1663!
1663: Men of vision build the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
1666: Great Fire Of London.
1776: American Declaration of Independence.
1983: Superbreak formed.
2001: Shrek bursts onto the big screen and immediately becomes one of the best loved characters in cinema history.
2011: Shrek arrives at Drury Lane.
…and it was well worth the wait!
Last Tuesday I trod the green carpet to the centuries old marble steps that have borne the footprints of Garrick. Kean, Sheridan and Byron -to see Nigel Lindsay, Richard Blackwood, Amanda Holden and Nigel Harman bring the film to life on the most famous stage in the world.
– me and 2183 other VIPS.
Tomorrow there will be another 2184 VIPs at the Theatre Royal – and the next day, and the day after that.
Because EVERYONE is treated like a VIP when they see a show at Drury Lane – that is why it is the oldest theatre in continuous use in the world.
And EVERYONE of the these VIPs will have a fantastic time (unless they’re an antisocial swamp-dweller come to town to practice their scowls).
After the show on Tuesday we followed the full moon to the shimmering banks of the Thames.
Somerset House (also built in 1776 – like America) had been transformed into a fairytale green palace by a battery of lights that would not have looked out of place on a Hollywood lot.
And come the dawn, the lights were turned off (but you could still see a lot of green faces around the West End for several more hours to come).
We’d had a lot to celebrate
London had a lot to celebrate
I cannot guarantee a full moon (lunar phases strictly subject to availability).
But I do guarantee a truly unforgettable date in your own personal history books.