Prince Charles Sees Shrek the Musical at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The Prince of Wales Also Meets the Green Ogre at the Special Performance
It isn’t unusual for Royalty to witness a high profile West End show - just ask surprised audience members at a staging of “War Horse” in 2009 – but whereas the 2009 occasion was a surprise visit that took people by surprise, Prince Charles recent visit to “Shrek The Musical” was a planned visit for charity. Various sources are reporting on the visit today as the Prince of Wales met the cast backstage and posed for photographs during the production that was raising money for the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts.
He met a wide range of stars at the production, from Nigel Lindsay (Shrek) to Amanda Holden (Princess Fiona) and Richard Blackwood (Donkey). Also in attendance was the well known Hollywood actor Jack Black, who was reportedly nervous when he met the Royal.
“Shrek the Musical” is set to open its door at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane soon and is a highly anticipated production of a Broadway musical – itself adapted from the hit movie “Shrek”, which featured the voice of Mike Myers as the green ogre, with Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy as the Princess and Donkey respectively.
It tells the story of the swamp-dwelling title character who rescues a princess from danger and causes her major problems in the process. Most notable is the fact that the whole situation was a set-up for her to be rescued by a handsome prince, in the process removing a shocking curse - so Shrek rescuing her instead has turned the plan upside down. The “Shrek” story is notable for being set in a world of fairytales, with the world inhabited by an array of well known characters from folklore and stories.
Prince Charles reportedly admitted that he had never seen the original movie version of the production, though producers are likely hoping that fans of said movie will be flocking to the show to see how it translates to the stage. It is one of many productions appearing in the capital that have their origins in a hit film, from “Ghost The Musical” to “Legally Blonde the Musical” and “Billy Elliot”.
“Shrek the Musical” runs at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane from Tuesday 14th June 2011 (with previews starting from May 2011) with an initial booking period taking it to Sunday 19th February 2012.