WOW has announced that it has postponed its production of Shrek, the Musical until April 2021. The show, which was already postponed once due to the coronavirus lockdown, was due to be staged this November at Weymouth Pavilion Theatre. Existing tickets from April 2020 and again from November 2020 will remain valid for the new dates.
On 31 July the government announced that it was stopping the pilots testing the return of crowds to performing arts events and that professional indoor performances will not be permitted until at least 15 August. Non-professionals are currently not allowed to engage in singing in groups at all.
WOW Chairman, Alan McKechan, said, “We know how disappointing this postponement will be but it was done to ensure the health and well being of everyone involved. We hope everyone with tickets already will hold on to them for an uplifting dose of laughter and live musical comedy next Easter.”
“Having worked so hard on this production, our cast, creative and production teams were really excited to have the opportunity to share Shrek with audiences this year. However, the uncertainty over when amateur groups will be able to start singing again as well as the challenges of keeping everyone safe made us look towards next April when there’s a much better chance of rehearsals and theatres operating more normally. “
Shrek, the Musical brings all the beloved characters from the DreamWorks animation film to life on stage as the unlikely hero, Shrek, and the wise-cracking Donkey, embark on a quest to rescue the feisty Princess Fiona from a love-sick dragon and the ruthless Lord Farquaad.
Shrek follows on from WOW’s acclaimed Easter 2019 production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The new dates for Shrek are Wednesday 14th to Saturday 17th April each evening at 7pm with matinees at 2pm on Thursday 15th and Saturday 17th April.