Tuesday, June 7

Shrek's donkey Richard Blackwood on the way out?

The rumours concerning the departure of  Richard Blackwood  from Shrek the Musical seem to be getting stronger and stronger. The show is currently previewing at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and due to open a week today on 14th June.

Blackwood is playing Donkey and has received strong criticism of his acting and singing skills. It was always a bit of risky casting for such an integral role as Blackwood’s background shows a distinct lack of musical theatre credits (none) which could be the contributing factor.

The instinctive and original performance that came across as his audition does not seem to have transferred to the stage

If the producers are going to make a change they are likely to do it before press night.

Watch this space ….

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