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We all need some good news and Peterborough’s award-winning musical theatre society, PODS, says the show WILL go on… just later than planned!

PODS had been busy rehearsing for their production of SHREK the musical which was to be staged at The Cresset this May before theatres were instructed to close in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

“The situation looked very bleak indeed,” explains Chairman Rob Bristow. “It’s not just a case of delaying to a later date, the venue have been wonderful and very helpful but we also hire in our sets and costumes from different companies which already had other bookings for most weeks of the year all over the country, so we had to find a date in which the set, costumes and venue were all available.

“To stage a show you also have to hire the theatrical performing rights for the show, we had hoped to move SHREK to early in 2021 but the theatrical rights licensors had already licensed SHREK to another group in Peterborough for 2021 so they were insistent that if PODS wanted to perform SHREK we had to perform in 2020.

“There was only one week when all factors could come together and we have therefore rescheduled SHREK for this September 22-26. The Cresset team have been very helpful in moving all the tickets already purchased. Sadly our show is no longer during half-term so we’ve had to cancel our mid-week matinee, which may inconvenience families with younger children who were planning to come and watch the show. We’ve moved our performances for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings to the earlier time of 7pm in the hope that some of our younger audience will still get to see the show.”

Once upon a time, there was a little Ogre named Shrek….” and so begins the tale of our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire-breathing, love-sick dragon. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other misfits, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, SHREK the musical is a Tony award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs as well as the popular SHREK anthem ‘I’m A Believer’. SHREK the musical brings much-loved fairy tale characters to life in a hilarious all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.

Following the sell-out success of Hairspray and their acclaimed production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, we can’t wait to see this multi-award-winning group present the regional première of this SHREKtacular show this September.

SHREK the musical runs SEPTEMBER 22-26 at The Cresset, 7.30pm Tuesday & Saturday, 7pm Wednesday to Friday and Saturday matinee at 12 noon. Special Opening Night Offer – all tickets only £15 (standard price £20 adults and £17.50 concessions). To book call 01733 265705 or visit


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