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Shrek role for BGT judge Amanda

Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden is to put her own singing and dancing skills under scrutiny, by starring in Shrek The Musical.

The 39-year-old actress will play leading lady Princess Fiona - the part voiced by Hollywood's Cameron Diaz in the hit films - when the show opens at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, in London's West End, in May next year.

Amanda has previously appeared in several West End musicals and played the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2003, for which she was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress In A Musical.

Comedian Richard Blackwood has been cast as ogre Shrek's eager sidekick Donkey in the production, directed by Rob Ashford.

The show is based on the story and characters of Oscar-winning DreamWorks animation film Shrek, which stars Mike Myers as the voice of Shrek.

The story follows a swamp-dwelling ogre who sets out to reclaim the deed to his land, meeting an excitable Donkey, rescuing Princess Fiona and having various adventures along the way.

Shrek The Musical - featuring original songs and The Monkees' classic I'm A Believer - played on Broadway from December 2008 to January 2010 and was nominated for eight Tony Awards, winning Tim Hatley the Tony for Best Costume Design Of A Musical.

The production was initiated when Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes, a fan of the first Shrek film, suggested the idea of creating a musical to DreamWorks Animation's Jeffrey Katzenberg.

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