X-Factor’s Amelia Lily set to play Princess Fiona in Norwich

SHREK THE MUSICAL – June 26-July 8

Announced today, the X-Factor’s Amelia Lily will join a strong cast for the forthcoming UK tour of Shrek The Musical which returns to Norwich Theatre Royal from June 26 to July 8 next year.

Amelia Lily will play Princess Fiona – and it’s a role she has had a taste of before as she played it in 2012 for one-night only as part of Children In Need’s Pop Goes The Musical, where celebrities appear in guest slots in West End shows. The appearance marked her West End debut after she was catapulted to fame in 2011 in X-Factor, coming third behind Little Mix and Marcus Collins.

Amelia Lily stars as Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical UK and Ireland Tour
Photo: Chris Gardner

Her debut single ‘You Bring Me Joy’ reached number two in the UK Singles Chart, and since that first taste of musical theatre she has gone on to play the Narrator in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour), Whatsername in the West End premiere of Green Day’s hit punk rock musical American Idiot (Arts Theatre & UK Tour) and Shout! (Winter Gardens Blackpool). Most recently she was runner up in the 2017 edition of Celebrity Big Brother.

She said: “I had my first taste of performing as Princess Fiona back in 2012 when I donned the famous green dress for a Children in Need special. It was an incredible experience so when the opportunity came up to reprise the role, I jumped at the chance. I can’t wait to set out on a road-trip across the country with all my fairy-tale friends.”

As previously announced, Steffan Harri will lead the cast as beloved swamp-dwelling ogre Shrek with Marcus Ayton as Shrek’s wisecracking sidekick Donkey and Samuel Holmes as pint-sized villain ‘Lord Farquaad’.

Steffan Harri starred in the first-ever UK tour of Shrek the Musical, covering the role of Lord Farquaad. His West End theatre credits include Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre), Spamalot (Playhouse Theatre) and Children of Eden (Prince of Wales Theatre), and he also played Lyn in Welsh language soap opera Rownd a Rownd.

Marcus Ayton’s recent credits include Sammy Davis Jr in The Rat Pack Live, Ray Charles in A Tribute to the Brothers Live and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour).

Samuel Holmes is currently appearing as George in the UK Tour of The Wedding Singer. Other stage credits include Mrs Henderson Presents (Theatre Royal Bath, Noel Coward Theatre), Water Babies (Curve Theatre), Spamalot (Playhouse Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Crazy for You (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Novello Theatre).

The fairytale creatures of Shrek the Musical (2015 cast)
Photo: Helen Maybanks

The full 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 King’s Lynn born and bred Kevin Yates.

Steffan Harri (Shrek) and Amelia Lily (Princess Fiona)
Photo: Chris Gardner

Shrek The Musical is directed by Nigel Harman, who made his directorial debut on the first ever tour.  Since then Nigel has gone on to direct Lunch & The Bow of Ulysses (Trafalgar Studios) and will direct Kelsey Grammer in Big Fish The Musical (The Other Palace) later this year. He is best-known for his stage and television work, including in EastEnders as Dennis Rickman. Nigel originated the role of Lord Farquaad in the West End, winning the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

It is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! and the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animations feature film. The UK and Ireland tour of the original DreamWorks Production will be presented by the original West End production team Neal Street Productions and Playful Productions with Ron Kastner, Saracen Films, Tulchin/Bartner Productions, Gavin Kalin, Glass Half Full Productions/Just For Laughs Theatricals, Lee Menzies and Mark Cartwright.

Judy Foster, communications officer for Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “Shrek The Musical proved a bit hit last time when it was here in June 2015, so we’re looking forward to welcoming back the nicest ogre ever to tread our boards. I’m sure Amelia Lily will keep Shrek, Donkey, Lord Farquaad and all their fairytale friends  in order.”

Shrek The Musical is here from June 26 to July 8, 2018. Buy tickets now at Norwich Theatre Royal.