The Hobbit to premiere in Wellington - Stuff.co.nz

A fresh hunt is underway in New Zealand for hobbits, dwarves, trolls and elves as auditions begin for the stage adaptation of The Hobbit, based on the book by JRR Tolkien.

The world premiere of the stage show will be held on April 16 at Wellington's Westpac St James Theatre, Hobbit Productions announced in a statement today.

The show will also play for a limited season at Auckland's Civic Theatre from the end of April.

Auditions begin this week for the roles of Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins, Thorin and Balin and a cast of dwarves, trolls, elves, goblins and wargs.

Auditions will be held in Auckland on Wednesday and Thursday at the Aotea Centre and in Wellington on Friday at Westpac St James Theatre.

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