Tolkien’s classic trilogy, will receive its British and European Premiere in London this Summer. “THE LORD OF THE RINGS” will open in the West End at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Tuesday 19 June at 7pm.
This follows the 70th anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien starting to write the trilogy and the 50th anniversary of the publication of the complete trilogy, “The Fellowship of the Ring”, “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King”.
Thrilling music, exhilarating choreography, remarkable staging and stunning design will combine to transform Drury Lane into Tolkien’s Middle-earth in a mesmerising and spectacular theatrical event featuring an ensemble of over 70 actors, singers and musicians.
The production has book and lyrics by Shaun McKenna & Matthew Warchus and music by Bollywood composer, A.R. Rahman & Finland’s most contemporary folk music group, Värttinä. Musical supervision is by Christopher Nightingale. The show is directed by Matthew Warchus, with choreography by Peter Darling and set and costume design by Rob Howell.
Director, Matthew Warchus says of the production, “We have not attempted to pull the novel towards the standard conventions of Musical Theatre, but rather to expand those conventions so that they will accommodate Tolkien’s material. As a result, we will be presenting a hybrid of Text, Physical Theatre, Music and Spectacle never previously seen on this scale. To read the novel is to experience the events of Middle-earth in the mind’s eye; only in the theatre are we actually plunged into the events as they happen. The environment surrounds us. We participate. We are in Middle-earth.”
THE LORD OF THE RINGS, a breathtaking journey of wonder and enchantment, hope and discovery, friendship and loyalty – experience the epic fantasy like never before.
The cast features a range of theatrical and film talent from UK including original cast members of LOTR in Toronto. Malcolm Storry, best known for his many seasons at the RSC and who starred in “The Royal Hunt of the Sun” at the National Theatre, plays ‘Gandalf’. James Loye will recreate the role of ‘Frodo Baggins’, which he played in Toronto last year. Laura Michelle Kelly, who won an Olivier Award for originating the title role in “Mary Poppins” in London, is ‘Galadriel’. Michael Therriault plays ‘Gollum’, the role he originated in Toronto, winning the Dora Award for ‘Best Actor’. Peter Howe recreates his role as ‘Sam’, for which he received a Dora Award nomination. Jerome Pradon, who has starred in many West End musicals including “Les Misérables” and “Martin Guerre”, is ‘Aragorn’. Graham McTavish, who starred as ‘Scoobie’ in “Rainbow Kiss” at the Royal Court Theatre, plays ‘Saruman’. Richard Henders, who appeared in “Caroline or Change” at the National Theatre and received an Olivier Award nomination for the Donmar’s production of “Pacific Overtures”, plays ‘Merry’. Owen Sharpe will recreate the role of ‘Pippin’, which he played in Toronto last year. Michael Rouse, seen in “The Boyfriend” at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, will play ‘Legolas’. Sévan Stephan, who created the role of ‘Big Jule’ in the production of “Guys and Dolls” at the Piccadilly Theatre, plays ‘Gimli’. Steven Miller, from “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Sheffield Crucible, plays ‘Boromir’. Rosalie Craig, seen in the recent BBC productions of “My Family and other Animals” and “Casanova”, plays ‘Arwen’. Andrew Jarvis will play ‘Elrond’, Terence Frisch ‘Bilbo’, Tim Morgan ‘Théoden’ and Kirsty Malpass ‘Rosie’.
The Kevin Wallace Limited production of “THE LORD OF THE RINGS” is presented in London by Kevin Wallace and Saul Zaentz.
Performance times at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane for “THE LORD OF THE RINGS”, runs at three hours including interval. The performance on June 19 will begin at 7.00pm and audience needs to be seated by 6.45pm.