Shrek the Musical to close at Drury Lane

Shrek the Musical will close at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in February after a run of 19 months.

The show, which is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions, will end its run on Sunday February 24, 2013. It opened on June 14 2011, following previews from May 6.

Bill Damaschke, chief creative officer for DreamWorks Animation, and producer of Shrek, said: “When we moved in to Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in March 2011 [when the show started its get in] we knew that it would be the perfect home for Shrek the Musical and so it has proved to be. Joining an illustrious list of new musicals that have played this venue is a source of pride for me personally, and for the whole transatlantic team that works on the show every day.

“Of course it is not without sadness that we have decided to leave next year but it is some consolation that Sam Mendes and Caro Newling, our producing partners at Neal Street Productions, will retain the lease of this remarkable building. At DreamWorks Theatricals our attention turns to planning a UK tour of Shrek the Musical in 2014, the introduction to the UK of Madagascar Live!, and our live arena tour of How To Train Your Dragon which we plan to bring to the UK in late 2013.”

Shrek won one Olivier Award, with Nigel Harman taking the Olivier Award for best supporting actor in a musical for his performance as Lord Farquaad.

Licensed productions of Shrek have played in Spain, Poland, France, Malaysia and China and productions will open later this year in Brazil, Italy, Denmark and the Netherlands.

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