First Look At Amelia Lily In SHREK THE MUSICAL

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First Look At Amelia Lily In SHREK THE MUSICAL

There's a new princess in town! Actor and recording artist Amelia Lily takes on the iconic role of Princess Fiona in the smash hit SHREK THE MUSICAL® as the new critically acclaimed production continues on a major UK and Ireland tour through to January 2019, arriving at Stoke's Regent Theatre this week.

Amelia Lily joins the star cast with Steffan Harri as the beloved swamp-dwelling ogre 'Shrek', Marcus Ayton as Shrek's wisecracking sidekick 'Donkey' and Samuel Holmesas pint-sized villain 'Lord Farquaad'. Amelia Lily shares the role of Princess Fiona with Call the Midwife's Laura Main and is scheduled to perform in Stoke, Blackpool, Norwich, Canterbury, Bristol, Llandudno, Nottingham, Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin.*

The company of fairy-tale characters includes Adam Baker, Ethan Bradshaw, Michael Carolan, Joseph Dockree, Will Hawksworth, Sarah-Louise Jones, Reece Kerridge, Thomas Lee Kidd, Amy Oxley, Jemma Revell, Lucinda Shaw, Sam Stones, Adam Taylor, Jennifer Tierney, Sophie Wallis, Francesca Williams, Laura Wilson and Kevin Yates.

Amelia Lily first rose to fame on The X Factor, finishing third on the eighth series in 2011. Her debut single 'You Bring Me Joy' reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. Theatre credits include the Narrator in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour), Whatsername in the West End premiere of Green Day's hit punk rock musical American Idiot (Arts Theatre & UK Tour) and Shout! (Winter Gardens Blackpool). Most recently Amelia was runner up in the 2017 edition of Celebrity Big Brother.

Following the unprecedented success of the first ever UK and Ireland Tour, a brand new production of the hit Broadway and West End musical opened in Edinburgh for Christmas 2017 to a fantastic critical and public response and is now touring to major cities throughout 2018 including Stoke, Blackpool, Woking, Liverpool, Norwich, Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Llandudno, Nottingham, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Plymouth, Southampton and Leeds.

Nigel Harman returns as director, having made his directorial debut on the first ever tour. Since then Nigel has gone on to direct Lunch & The Bow of Ulysses (Trafalgar Studios) and, most recently, Kelsey Grammer in Big Fish The Musical (The Other Palace). Best known for his stage and television work, Nigel originated the role of Lord Farquaad in the West End, winning the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

Join our unlikely hero Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire-breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits and a biscuit with attitude, and you've got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around! Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I'm a Believer, SHREK THE MUSICAL® brings over 100 much-loved fairytale characters, plus a 14-foot dragon, to life in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza.

SHREK THE MUSICAL® is based on the story and characters from William Steig's book Shrek! and the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animations feature film. Originally directed in the West End by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford, the production has book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Jeanine Tesori with multi award-winning set and costume design by Tim Hatley.

The UK and Ireland tour of the original DreamWorks Production is presented by the original West End production team Neal Street Productions and Playful Productions with Ron Kastner, Saracen Films, Tulchin/Bartner Productions, Gavin Kalin, Glass Half Full Productions/Just For Laughs Theatricals, Lee Menzies and Mark Cartwright.

* Laura Main is scheduled to play in: Woking, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Plymouth, Southampton and Leeds.

The producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artists subject to holiday, illness or events beyond the producers' control.

Steffan Harri starred in the first ever UK tour of Shrek the Musical, covering the role of Lord Farquaad. West End theatre credits include Les Misérables (Queen's Theatre), Spamalot (Playhouse Theatre) and Children of Eden (Prince of Wales Theatre). Steffan also played Lyn in Welsh language soap opera Rownd a Rownd.

Amelia Lily first rose to fame on The X Factor, finishing third on the eighth series in 2011. Her debut single 'You Bring Me Joy' reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. Theatre credits include the Narrator in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour), Whatsername in the West End premiere of Green Day's hit punk rock musical American Idiot (Arts Theatre & UK Tour) and Shout! (Winter Gardens Blackpool). Most recently Amelia was runner up in the 2017 edition of Celebrity Big Brother.

Laura Main is best known for her role as Shelagh Turner in the award-winning Call the Midwife (BBC/Neal Street Productions). Appearing initially as Sister Bernadette, she left behind her life as a nun to marry Dr Turner. Laura has appeared in all series to date and can be seen in the current series 7. She has also had regular roles as Rebecca Howlett in The Mill (Channel 4) and DC Alison Bain in Murder City (ITV). Stage credits include Company (Southwark Playhouse), Me and Juliet (Finborough Theatre) and State Fair (Trafalgar Studios / Finborough Theatre).

Marcus Ayton's recent credits include Sammy Davis Jr in The Rat Pack Live, Ray Charles in A Tribute to the Brothers Live and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour).

Samuel Holmes most recently starred as George in the UK Tour of The Wedding Singer. Other stage credits include Mrs Henderson Presents (Theatre Royal Bath; Noel Coward Theatre), Water Babies (Curve Theatre), Spamalot (Playhouse Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Crazy for You (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre; Novello Theatre).


LISTINGS INFORMATION

Wednesday 2 May - Sunday 13 May 2018
REGENT THEATRE, STOKE
www.atgtickets.com/stoke
0844 871 7649

Tuesday 15 May - Sunday 27 May 2018
BLACKPOOL WINTER GARDENS THEATRE
www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk
0844 856 1111

Wednesday 30 May - Sunday 10 June 2018
NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING
www.atgtickets.com/woking
0844 871 7645

Tuesday 12 June - Sunday 24 June 2018
LIVERPOOL EMPIRE
www.atgtickets.com/liverpool
0844 871 3017

Tuesday 26 June - Sunday 8 July 2018
NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL
www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
01603 630000

Wednesday 11 July - Sunday 22 July 2018
MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY
www.marlowetheatre.com
01227 787787

Wednesday 25 July - Sunday 5 August 2018
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE
www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes
0844 871 7652

Wednesday 8 August - Sunday 19 August 2018
THE BRISTOL HIPPODROME
www.atgtickets.com/bristol
0844 871 3012

Tuesday 21 August - Sunday 2 September 2018
VENUE CYMRU, LLANDUDNO
www.venuecymru.co.uk
01492 872000

Tuesday 11 September - Sunday 23 September 2018
THEATRE ROYAL NOTTINGHAM
www.trch.co.uk
0115 989 5555

Tuesday 25 September - Saturday 6 October
KING'S THEATRE, GLASGOW
www.atgtickets.com/glasgow
0844 871 7648

Tuesday 9 October - Sunday 21 October 2018
BELFAST GRAND OPERA HOUSE
www.goh.co.uk
02890 241 919

Tuesday 23 October - Sunday 4 November 2018
DUBLIN BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE
www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
ROI : 0818 719 377 / UK & NI : 0844 847 2455

Tuesday 13 November - Saturday 24 November 2018
Theatre Royal Plymouth
www.theatreroyal.com
01752 267222

Tuesday 27 November - Saturday 8 December 2018
MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON
www.mayflower.org.uk
02380 711811

Tuesday 18 December 2018 - Sunday 6 January 2019
LEEDS GRAND THEATRE
www.leedsgrandtheatre.com
0844 848 2700

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