"Lord of the Rings" confirmed at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane from 9 May 2007

"Lord of the Rings" confirmed at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane from 9 May 2007

It has been officially confirmed that the stage adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic trilogy Lord of the Rings will open at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 19 June 2007, following previews from 9 May 2007.

Tickets will go on sale to the public on Sunday 2 July 2006

Lord of the Rings 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, with choreography by Peter Darling and set and costume design by Rob Howell. It is produced by Kevin Wallace and Saul Zaentz.

Casting will commence later this Summer

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.”

Producer Kevin Wallace says, "At a cost of 12.5 million pounds, this is the most expensive musical ever staged in London."

Lord of the Rings had its world premiere in Toronto, Canada in March this year to mixed notices. The London production will be cut and reworked with more music and the editing out of some of the sub-plot.

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