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Take a look behind the scenes of Shrek the Musical at Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre

Shrek and Donkey are on another adventure and this time it’s in Aberdeen.

The Press and Journal have been given a behind the scenes look at Shrek the Musical in Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre.

See the things you don’t get to from costumes designs to instrument set ups.

Based on the story and characters from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy.

Join Shrek, played by Steffan Harri and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue Aberdeen’s very own Laura Main as the beautiful Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon.

Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.

Shrek the Musical in numbers

  • 57 people touring the country with Shrek the Musical (22 cast, 35 backstage)
  • 23 additional local staff backstage in each venue
  • 80 people to run and perform the show each evening
  • 40 litres of water are drank per performance
  • 7, 40 foot lorries transport the set from show to show, 1 for lighting, 1 for sound, 1 for costume, wigs & make-up, 4 for set and props
  • 2 full days are needed to set the show up in each theatre
  • 1 hour 15 minutes to transform into Shrek on the make-up chair
  • 150 wigs
  • 22 cast members playing over 100 characters
  • 8 boxes of tissues are used per performance
  • 20 bottles of baby oil are used per week
  • 40 seconds is the fastest costume change
  • 500 lighting cues and more

Shrek the Musical is at His Majesty’s Theatre until Sunday 11 March in Aberdeen.

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