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Lord of the Rings cast confirmed!
The full cast is confirmed for the musical The Lord of the Rings, which opens at the Drury Lane Theatre 19 June 2007, following previews from 9 May - booking to 12 Jan 2008.
The cast includes: Malcolm Storry (Gandalf), James Loye (Frodo Baggins), Laura Michelle Kelly (Galadriel), Michael Therriault (Gollum), Peter Howe (Sam), Jerome Pradon (Aragorn), Richard Henders (Merry), Owen Sharpe (Pippin), Michael Rouse (Legolas), Sevan Stephan (Gimli), Steven Miller (Boromir), Rosalie Craig (Arwen), Andrew Jarvis (Elrond) , Terence Frisch (Bilbo), Tim Morgan (Theoden) and Kirsty Malpass (Rosie).
The cast of fifty also includes Alexandra Bonnet, Greg Bradley, James Byng, Darren Carnall, Lee Clayden, Jennie Dale, Claire Doyle, Stephen Emery, Ben Evans, Josh Feldshuh, Alma Ferovic, Wayne Fitsimmons, Chris Gage, David Grant, Shaun Henson, Christopher D. Hunt, Luke Johnson, Corrie Mac, Stuart Neal, Tim Parker, Richard Roe, Andrew Rothwell, Adam Salter, Robbie Scotcher, Nick Searle, Stevie Tate-Bauer, Jon Tsouras, Gavin Wilkinson, Glen Wilkinson, Sam Wilmot and Kirk Zammit.
This musical stage adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic trilogy has book and lyrics by Shaun McKenna & Matthew Warchus and music by A.R. Rahman & Varttina with Christopher Nightingale.
It is directed by Matthew Warchus, cheography by Peter Darling , designs & costumes by Rob Howell and is produced in London by Kevin Wallace and Saul Zaentz.
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.”
Malcolm Storry (Gandalf) is best known for his many seasons at the RSC and recently starred in “The Royal Hunt of the Sun” at the National Theatre.
James Loye is recreating the role of ‘Frodo Baggins’, which he played in Toronto last year.
Laura Michelle Kelly (Galadriel) , won an Olivier Award for originating the title role in “Mary Poppins” in London. She has also appeared in "Les Miserables", "Mamma Mia", "Beauty and the Beast" and "Whistle Down The Wind" in the West End and "Fiddler on the Roof" on Broadway.
Michael Therriault is recreating the role of ‘Gollum’, which he played in Toronto last year.
Peter Howe is recreating the role of ‘Sam’, which he played in Toronto last year.
Jerome Pradon (Aragorn) , has starred in many West End musicals including “Les Misérables”, “Martin Guerre”, Whistle Down the Wind and Pacific Overtures.
Owen Sharpe is recreating the role of ‘Pippin’, which he played in Toronto last year.