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Nigel Harman to make directorial debut with tour of Shrek the Musical

Nigel Harman in the original London cast of Shrek. Photo: Helen Maybanks.
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Nigel Harman is to make his directorial debut with the touring production of Shrek the Musical, which will begin in July next year.

Harman played Lord Farquaad in the original London production of the show and won an Olivier award for his performance.

He described the musical, which will open at the Leeds Grand Theatre on July 23, 2014, as “very special” to him, and added: “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.”

After its opening in Leeds, the musical will tour to venues in Bristol, Nottingham, Belfast, Dublin, Oxford, Manchester, Aberdeen, Canterbury, Newcastle, Glasgow and Sheffield. Further venues have yet to be announced.

Shrek, which was originally directed in the West End by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford, has music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire.

The UK and Ireland tour will be presented by Dreamworks Theatricals, Neal Street Productions, Playful Productions, Lee Menzies, Ron Kastner, Robert G Bartner, Mark Cartwright, Gavin Kalin, Peter Clayton and Adam Blanshay.

Casting has yet to be announced.

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