TICKETS are on sale for one of theatre's larger-than-life productions of far away lands, princesses, villains and talking donkeys – Shrek the Musical, which starts a 17-day run at His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen, from Wednesday, January 21, 2015.
Direct from London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane where it was seen by nearly a million people and directed by Nigel Harman, the show is on its first UK and Irish tour.
Harman starred as Lord Farquaad in the West End production, winning the 2012 Laurence Olivier Award for best performance in a supporting role in a musical.
Originally directed in the West End by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford, the stage production is based on the story and characters from William Steig's book Shrek! and the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animations feature film.
"Shrek is a joyous, funny, colourful show, and we feel privileged that His Majesty's Theatre is the first Scottish date on the UK and Ireland tour," said Aberdeen Performing Arts head of programming Ben Torrie.
"We can't wait to see it at HMT and we know Aberdeen audiences will love the spectacle of the stage show, which brings to life the fantastic characters created for the big screen."
Producers Carol Newling of Neal Street Productions, and Nick Salmon of Playful Productions said they were relishing putting on the show in the North-east of Scotland: "We are very excited to be bringing Shrek the Musical to His Majesty's Theatre as part of our tour of the best venues across the UK and Ireland.
"Many years of fun with some of the best talents working in theatre today have gone in to its making and as a result it has thrilled audiences all over the world with its boundless enthusiasm and fun – we know that the people of Aberdeen will take Shrek to their hearts, just as we did at Drury Lane."
Director Nigel Harman said: "I am delighted to be returning to Shrek as its director.
"This show is very special to me with its dizzying blend of great characters, a hilarious script and sublime music.
"This production is visually stunning, and the story has the magic ingredient of moving at great pace while still being surprisingly intimate. In short, there was no way I was going to say no to the challenge of realising the production for the UK and Ireland.
"I really can't wait to take this show on the road."
Shrek the Musical opened on Broadway in 2008 before touring to nearly 150 cities in the US and Canada. Productions have played in Spain, Poland, France, Malaysia, China, Brazil, Italy, Denmark, The Netherlands, Estonia, Israel and Turkey.
Tickets are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone on 01224 641122 and at the Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty's Theatre.