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Carley Stenson in Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Sunday, 11th Mar 2012  

Stenson Steps Down from Legally Blonde the Musical to Join the Famous Green Ogre in the West End

It was back in January that “Shrek the Musical” was last in the news in relation to its cast, with a range of new names taking on roles as Dean Chisnall replaces Nigel Lindsay as Shrek and Neil McDermott replaces Nigel Harman as Lord Farquaad. Now another piece of casting news emerges, with the current star of “Legally Blonde the Musical” – Carley Stenson – set to take on the role of Princess Fiona from May.

She will join the above performers, as well as Richard Blackwood, who remains in the role of Donkey, originally portrayed by Eddie Murphy on the big screen.

“Shrek the Musical” follows said movie closely, with Shrek introduced as a swamp-dwelling ogre who must save his home and his way of life and in doing so heads out on an adventure with a wise-cracking donkey. Along the way he rescues a princess from a tower, but it seems that she was really hoping for a handsome prince to do the job, in order to lift a terrible curse.

Carley Stenson has appeared both on the stage and screen over the years. To those that have recently picked up theatre tickets to London’s best known shows she will be recognisable for playing Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde the Musical”, having previously occupied the role of Margot. She is also known for her appearances in the hit television series “Hollyoaks”, playing the role of Steph Cunningham until 2010. In addition to these signature roles she has also made appearances as herself in the likes of “Celerity Scissorhands”, “Big Brother’s Little Brother” and “Soapstar Superchef”.

“Legally Blonde the Musical” has been running at the Savoy Theatre since January 2010 and it has proven popular both with audiences and critics, leading to wins at the Laurence Olivier Awards. However, despite this success it will close its doors in April to make way for “The Sunshine Boys” with Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths, which opens in May.

“Shrek the Musical”, in the mean time, remains at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and is currently taking bookings to Sunday 31st March 2013.

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