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07/05/03
Tolkien Taken To The Stage
- Lord of the Rings comes to theatreland

LORD OF THE RINGS comes to the West End Spring 2005. The musical celebrates 50 years since fantasy writer Tolkien published his classic trilogy. The producers are Kevin Wallace and Saul Zaentz, the backers who funded the successful film versions of the Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

Wallace made his name producing Lloyd Webber hits Whistle Down the Wind, Beautiful Game, Jesus Christ Superstar and Sunset Boulevard. Veteran theatre director Matthew Warchus also boasts an impressive string of credits. His work directing West End hits Art, Our House and Tell Me On A Sunday stands him in good stead for the task of staging these epic tales.

Although the show's venue has not yet been confirmed, production costs are estimated at UKP8 million. The 50 strong company has not yet been cast, but theatre types Ian McKellen and Sean Bean both starred in the films earlier this year. "Our objective is to create an inclusive piece of theatre to satisfy theatregoers and Tolkien fans alike," says Wallace.




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