An musical version of the Lord Of The Rings is to premiere in London – costing more than £8 million.
The adaptation of Tolkien’s trilogy will open in the West End at the beginning of 2005.
It will be the most expensive production to date – costing £1.5 million more than Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the current biggest budget musical.
The musical will be directed by Matthew Warchus, who is in charge of the current hit Our House, and produced by Kevin Wallace.
It promises one of the most spectacular productions ever.
Wallace told the London Evening Standard. “I want it to be a landmark.
“When you put a piece of literature with such a worldwide profile on the stage you need to make something utterly extraordinary.”
Already 18 months in development, the world premiere will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Tolkien’s complete trilogy.
UPDATED – Press Release
THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE FIRST STAGE MUSICAL ADAPTATION OF JRR TOLKIEN’S CLASSIC TRILOGY “THE LORD OF THE RINGS”
TO OPEN IN LONDON IN SPRING 2005
“THE LORD OF THE RINGS” PRODUCED BY KEVIN WALLACE AND SAUL ZAENTZ TO BE DIRECTED BY MATTHEW WARCHUS
“THE LORD OF THE RINGS”, the first major stage musical adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s classic trilogy, will receive its World Premiere when it opens in London in Spring 2005. This coincides with the 50th anniversary of the publication of the complete trilogy, “The Fellowship of the Ring”, “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King”.
The £8 million production has book and lyrics by Shaun McKenna and music by Stephen Keeling and Bernd Stromberger. McKenna & Keeling were the team responsible for the critically acclaimed West End musical “Maddie”.
Award-winning Matthew Warchus will direct. His recent credits include the London musicals “Tell Me On A Sunday” and “Our House”, and the Yasmina Reza plays “Life x 3”, “The Unexpected Man” and “Art”. Award-winning Rob Howell will design. His recent West End credits include “Our House”, “Simply Heavenly”, “The Graduate”, “The Caretaker” and “Sophie’s Choice” at The Royal Opera House.
“THE LORD OF THE RINGS” will be produced by Kevin Wallace and Saul Zaentz. Kevin Wallace was in-house producer at The Really Useful Theatre Company from 1997-2001 when it produced the Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals “Whistle Down the Wind”, The Beautiful Game”, “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Sunset Boulevard”. In 2001 he received an International EMMY Award as executive producer of the film version of “Jesus Christ Superstar”. His other London productions include the critically acclaimed “Gagarin Way” and “Eden”. The legendary Saul Zaentz, whose film productions include the award-winning “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Amadeus”, “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and “The English Patient”, was this year awarded the BAFTA ‘Academy Fellowship’.
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