Laura Main for Playhouse Shrek

Sep 11 2017 | By More

Casting for Shrek’s Xmas Playhouse stay announced

Laura Main is to join the cast of the new production of Shrek the Musical, which opens at the Edinburgh Playhouse for the Christmas Season 2017, before touring the UK and Ireland.

The Aberdeen-born Call the Midwife star will play Princess Fiona when the show opens at the Playhouse on Tuesday 12 December. Shrek will be played by Stefan Harri with Marcus Ayton as Donkey and Samuel Holmes as the diminutive Lord Farquaad.

Laura Main will play Princess Fiona. Pic Chris Gardner

Speaking of her decision to be forcibly incarcerated in a dusty castle guarded by a fire breathing dragon with a penchant for torch-songs, Main said: “I’ve been waiting a long time for an adventure like this to come along and now that it has I am ready to swap the surgery for the swamp in one of my favourite musicals.”

Main is best known as Shelagh Turner in Call the Midwife and will appear in the role in this year’s Christmas Special and the seventh series in 2018. She has some previous musicals experience having earned plaudits as Susan, in Southwark Playhouse’s 2011 production of Company.

She added: “Shrek has made a Believer out of me and I can’t wait for this fairytale to take me across the country.”

Shrek the Musical is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! and the DreamWorks Animations feature film. As previously announced this tour will be directed by Nigel Harman, who also helmed its original UK tour.

slightly temperamental

For those who don’t know, the show stars green-skinned ogre Shrek as its unlikely hero. Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire-breathing, love-sick dragon. On their way they fall foul of the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits and a biscuit with attitude.

Steffan Harri, Laura Main, Marcus Ayton and Samuel Holmes.

Stefan Harri, who is taking the title role, is no stranger to the show, having covered the role of Lord Farquaad in the original tour. He has also appeared in Les Miserables and Spamalot. Marcus Ayton who plays Donkey starred as Sammy Davis Jr in The Rat Pack Live and  Ray Charles in A Tribute to the Brothers Live as well as two stints on tours of Joseph. Samuel Holmes, who takes up the knee pads to play Lord Farquaad, is currently appearing as George in the UK Tour of The Wedding Singer.

The company of fairy-tale characters will include 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.

The show was most recently at the Playhouse in 2015, with Bronte Barbe as the princess to Dean Chisnall’s Shrek, Idriss Kargbo as Donkey and Gerard Carey as Farquaad. Æ’s review is here: ★★★★☆  Spectacular.

After four weeks at the Edinburgh Playhouse the tour is booked through the whole of 2018, including two weeks in Aberdeen in March.

Laura Main is scheduled to play Princess Fiona at the first eight venues of the tour from Edinburgh through to Cardiff in April. She will then appear at Woking, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Plymouth, Southampton and Leeds. Further casting will be announced at a later date.


Shrek the Musical
Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, EH1 3AA
Tuesday 12 December 2017 – Sunday 7 January 2018
Tue-Sat 7pm; Sun: 1pm & 5pm
Matinees (Sats and various dates): 2.30pm
Tickets and information from:
Tour website:

Shrek UK tour on Twitter: @ShrekUKTour

Shrek The Musical on tour 2018:
Tue 12 Dec 2017 – Sun 7 Jan 2018 Edinburgh
0844 871 3014 Book online
Tue 16 – Sun 28 Jan Manchester
Palace Theatre
0844 871 3019 Book online
Wed 31 Jan – Sun 11 Feb Sunderland
Sunderland Empire
0844 871 3022 Book online
Wed 14 – Sun 25 Feb Birmingham
The New Alexandra Theatre
0844 871 3011 Book online
Wed 28 Feb – Sun 11 Mar Aberdeen
His Majesty’s Theatre
01224 641122 Book online
Wed 14 – Sun 25 Mar Northampton
Royal & Derngate
01604 624 811 Book online
Wed 28 Mar – Sun 8 Apr Sheffield
Lyceum Theatre
0114 249 6000 Book online
Tue 10 – Sun 22 Apr Cardiff
Wales Millennium Centre
029 2063 6464 Book online
Wed 2 – Sun 13 May Stoke-on-Trent
Regent Theatre
0844 871 7649 Book online
Tue 15 – Sun 27 May Blackpool
Winter Gardens
0844 856 1111 Book online
Wed 30 May – Sun 10 Jun Woking
New Victoria
0844 871 7645 Book online
Tue 12 – Sun 24 Jun Liverpool
08448 713 017 Book online
Wed 27 – Sun 8 Jul Norwich
Theatre Royal
01603 63 00 00 Book online
Wed 11 – Sun 22 Jul Canterbury
The Marlowe Theatre
01227 787787 Book online
Wed 25 Jul – Sun 5 Aug Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes Theatre
08448 717652 Book online
Wed 8 – Sun 19 Aug Bristol
0844 871 3012 Book online
Tue 21 Aug – Sun 2 Sep Llandudno
Venue Cymru
01492 872000 Book online
Tue 11 – Sun 23 Sep Nottingham
0115 941 9419 Book online
Tue 9 – Sun 21 Oct Belfast
Grand Opera House
02890 241919 Book online
Tue 23 Oct – Sun 4 Nov Dublin
Bord Gais Energy Theatre
0818 719 377 Book online
Tue 27 Nov – Sat 8 Dec Southampton
The Mayflower Theatre
02380 711811 Book online
Tue 18 Dec – Sun 6 Jan 2019 Leeds
Grand Theatre
0844 848 2700 Book online


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