Shrek in Doha

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Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona and many more familiar characters from the hit animated tale will come to life in Doha this month.

The stage at the Qatar National Convention Centre will be transformed into a fairy-tale land for the smash hit musical that has graced Broadway and West End theatres and now comes to Doha. The adaptation is a musical version of the first movie and promises theatrical performance, big production songs, a family-friendly story and plenty of familiar laughs along the way.

The production arrives with some serious theatrical credentials. Lyrics for the musical adaptation were penned by Pulitzer prize-winning writer David Lindsay Abaire who, as well as picking up numerous Tony Award nominations, was credited as the writer of Hollywood movies such as Robots, Inkheart, Rise of the Guardians and Oz the Great and Powerful. Composer Jeanine Tesori is no slouch either, having worked on Disney and DreamWorks animation favourites and with numerous award nominations of her own.

One lucky aspiring actor will also have the chance to perform alongside the cast as Young Shrek, and open auditions are set to be held at schools across Doha prior to the show.

The real attraction for fans of the movies, however, will be seeing their favourite characters, as well as the likes of Pinocchio, Farquaard, the ogre parents and the Sugarplum Fairy off the screen and alive on stage.
QAR249-2,199. March 9-March 12. Qatar National Convention Centre, Gharafat al Rayyan, opposite Education City, www.shrekindoha.com (4496 8060).

By Will Milner
Time Out Doha,

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