It isn’t easy being green, admits Shrek the Musical star Dean Chisnall, who is appearing in Sheffield next week.
Not that he’s complaining. He said: “It isn’t easy but very enjoyable. I have a two-hour make-up call every day.
“I have a great big latex cowl which is basically a big green hood with big Shrek ears on it. Then other pieces get built on to my face to make me look like Shrek. The whole operation is the most bizarre thing ever.”
Dean, who has played the role for four years now, jokes that green now feels normal!
He said that the show appeals to the whole family, just like the films do.
“It’s a love story at the end of the day and a great giggle. It is very, very funny and the Lord Farquaad stuff is great for the adults. They really, really love it.
“It surprises people how funny it is and how much it is geared towards everybody. It is going down an absolute storm.”
Dean said that he was thrilled to land one of the biggest roles in musical theatre.
“Shrek is the character of a film that we all grew up around. I was in my late teens when the film came out. The film itself stands the test of time and everybody loves it. It still makes me laugh.
“We are re-creating the original film but it is different because it is a musical. I’m conscious of making sure he’s a very sensitive chap. We work things out and hopefully they work and you do put your own spin on it.”
Dean feels he’s got the Scottish accent down and was pleased to perform in Glasgow recently without complaints.
He loves the original score, which he says is “really beautiful with fantastic songs. But there is one crowd-pleaser.
“The finale is I’m a Believer and people always seem to get up and have a boogie to that.”
The show’s popularity is no surprise to Dean. “It is a perfect magical family night out. A lot of people say ‘you’re just saying that’ but actually I’m not. It’s got something for all the kids and everybody and it’s a very slick West End production.
“Even if you arrive in the foulest mood, you’ll go out laughing and joking, I’m sure of it.”
Dean knows all about slick productions as he’s been on the West End stage for about eight years in shows including Evita, La Cage aux Folles and The Woman in White.
He’s also played Gary Barlow in Never Forget, the Take That musical. “That’s something I will never forget. It was a great laugh,” he said.
Dean was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire. “I am a northern boy at heart,” he said.
“I’ve been to Sheffield only once before, when I went to see my beloved Blackpool play Sheffield Wednesday.
“I’m really looking forward to coming to Sheffield. I’m a massive snooker fan and it’s a shame we weren’t there for the world championships.”
Shrek the Musical is at the Lyceum from May 27 to June 7. Box office: at the Crucible, online at Sheffield Theatres or call 0114 249 6000.