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Shrektacular: from silver screen to stage

By Rachael Williams

A Düsseldorf company has bought the license to bring Shrek the Musical to German-speaking audiences.

Manager and producer of Mehr! Entertainment, Maik Klokow announced: "We are very proud to be able to bring this fantastic musical to German-speaking audiences and we plan to create an unrivalled captivating experience!"

The production by Mehr! Entertainment’s will be based on the theatre show by DreamWorks Theatricals which currently boasts 8 TONY nominations including "Best Musical". Under the direction of Andreas Gergen, "Shrek – das Musical" is already in the process of being translated.

Shrek is an animated adventure story which has already enchanted viewers of all generations. Its awkward green protagonist first set foot on the world stage in 2001 and it has since become one of the most successful franchises in film history and Shrek himself has become a cult figure.

In German cinemas the first instalment of the Shrek trilogy was watched by 3.5 million people and so the upcoming stage production is highly anticipated.

The film was first turned into a musical in 2008 when the original production opened on Broadway. Following the success of the franchise and the translation of the Shrek films into numerous languages, the musical’s rights were made available in 2011 for independent overseas theatres.

The Mehr! Entertainment group already has a number of successful adaptations under its belt. In 2010 the company brought Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Cats" and "Starlight Express" to German-speaking audiences and both of these shows, among others, have been extremely successful.

The show has already been given five stars by The Independent and praised as "glorious, hysterically funny".

Although information is limited at this pre-production stage, more details about the upcoming production, including venue information and tour dates will be released online at http://www.shrek-das-musical.de/ or on the Mehr! Entertainment website http://www.mehr-entertainment.com/.

Tickets will be purchasable online from the German website www.eintrittskarten.de.

German Herald

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