Monday, May 9, 2011

Princess Charming... Amanda Holden is swamped by the attention at Shrek preview show

By Daily Mail Reporter

Monster reception: Amanda Holden, who plays Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical, poses with fans after the show at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane

After months of preparation and rehearsals, Shrek the Musical has finally hit the stage and a glamorous-looking Amanda Holden is enjoying being the centre of attention.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge, who plays Princess Fiona in the stage version, appeared very happy as she signed autographs and posed with fans in central London.

The 40-year-old was pictured leaving the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane in a shimmering gold and black plunging dress with matching gold heels after the show.

And as well as finding a bevy of youngsters waiting outside the theatre to greet her, Holden also found plenty of adult fans who wanted her autograph.

Previews of the show began on Friday night in London, after the big-budget show closed on Broadway in New York last January,

Despite not establishing itself Stateside, Shrek the Musical has so far drawn in big crowds and hype in the UK.

Critics will be assessing Holden’s performance along with the success of the rest of the cast over the next five weeks, during which a long period of previews will take place.

Now who's the judge? Critics will be assessing Holden's performance over the next five weeks of Shrek previews

It's a fairy tale: Holden, in a shimmering gold and black dress, is besieged by fans outside the theatre

Holden’s on-stage costume is a lot less glamorous than those we are used to seeing her in. She sports a lime green costume after her transformation from a pretty princess to ogress while showing off her singing talents in the musical.

Her delight after the show was clear as she took to Twitter to tweet about the evening, posting: ‘Had an amazing night!! Audience was outta this world!! Horray!!!xx’

Her Britain’s Got Talent co-star David Hasselhoff was apparently in the Shrek audience on Saturday night to support his fellow judge on the talent show.

'Amazing night': Holden tweeted her impression after the show, which opens officially on June 14

Stage frights: Holden as Princess Fiona alongside Nigel Lindsay as Shrek on stage at the Theatre Royal

Amanda tweeted: ‘OMG!! The Hoff was in Shrek today!! So Sweet! He loved it!! No buzzers! Xx’

Holden is set to be extremely busy this summer as she continues her final duties as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent, while also playing Princess Fiona in the West End.

She stars alongside Nigel Lindsay, who plays Shrek, Richard Blackwood, who stars as Donkey and former EastEnders star Nigel Harman as Lord Farquaad.

After a series of previews, the show will officially open on June 14 and Holden recently revealed her daughter’s excitement to see the full production.

She said: ‘Lexi’s been watching me tap-dance in the kitchen. She’s dying to see the full show.’


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