On the Road again…
Capital to see two Gandalfs
Evening Post – April 6, 2000
Wellington will soon see two people playing the wizard Gandalf from the works of J R R Tolkien.
Auditions will be held in Wellington tomorrow for the role of Gandalf in a stage show of The Hobbit, to be performed in the Capital in September.
British actor Sir Ian McKellen arrived here in January to play Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s $360 million film version of The Lord Of The Rings. The Hobbit is a prequel to the best-selling trilogy.
Gandalf is the only “human” role in the stage show – most of the other characters are giant puppets.
The auditions, also due in Auckland today, have been organised through casting agencies and are not open to the public.
The show will also play in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.