ONE MAN LORD OF THE RINGS & ONE MAN STAR WARS TRILOGY to Launch UK Tour in September
One Man Lord of the Rings and One Man Star Wars Trilogy will embark on a UK tour following a successful season at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The tour will begin in High Wycombe on 26 September and finish in Radlett on 17 October.
The shows are written and performed by Canadian actor Charles Ross, who was given permission to perform them when he presented the shows to the owners of the franchises. Lucasfilm went as far as inviting him to perform his One Man Star Wars Trilogy at official Star Wars conventions.
In One Man Lord of the Rings, Ross recreates the enchanting world of Middle-Earth with nothing more than elbow pads and his outrageous imagination, and takes his audience on a journey through the trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and Return of the King in 3600 seconds of unbelievable kinetic entertainment.
Much of Charles Ross's childhood was spent in a galaxy far, far away, watching Star Wars videos over - and over - and over again. The result of this misspent youth is his hilarious One Man Star Wars Trilogy, where he recreates the 1977-82 films and single-handedly plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots into just sixty minutes.
As Charles Ross puts it, "The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars Trilogy (despite its 1970s/1980s hairdos) both have something that elevates them beyond other films. Maybe it's Alec Guinness's effortless turn as Obiwan Kenobi, like Ian McKellen's sublime Gandalf the Grey. Perhaps it's the music, the epic scale, or the battle between light and darkness? Whatever it is, I'm reminded of the simplicity of childhood, feeling whisked away upon the adventures of Luke Skywalker or Frodo Baggins. Immersed in a fantasy world of lasers, swords, spaceships, and monsters - fun, FUN, FUNNNNN!"
Charles Ross has been touring One Man Star Wars Trilogy since 2002. There have been over 1,200 performances in more than 230 cities across four continents. From New York to London, from Dubai's resorts to the Glastonbury Music Festival, with stops in the USA, UK, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Ireland, Singapore and New Zealand, the show has spread far and wide. After a brief outing in 2004, Ross was eventually granted official permission to perform One Man Lord of the Rings in 2009, since when he has toured this as extensively as its older sibling.
One Man Lord of the Rings and One Man Star Wars Trilogy are written and created by Charles Ross and directed by TJ Dawe, with lighting design by Mike Schaldmose. The UK tour is presented by Nick Brooke Limited.
Website: www.onemanstarwars.com / www.onemanlotr.com
Twitter: @OneManStarWars / @onemanlotr
Facebook: One Man Star Wars Trilogy - Charlie Ross / One Man Lord Of The Rings
Running Time: 60 minutes
26 September Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe 7:30pm 01494 512 000
27 September Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (SW) 7:30pm 0845 196 2320
29 September G Live, Guildford 7:30pm 0844 7701 797
30 September Leicester Square Theatre, London 8:45pm 08448 733433
1 October Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea 8.00pm 01702 351135
2 October Camberley Theatre 8.00pm 01276 707600
4 October Tyne Theatre, Newcastle 7:30pm 0844 493 9999
5 October Leicester Square Theatre, London (SW) 7.00pm 08448 733433
6 October Leicester Curve 7:45pm 0116 242 3595
8 October Civic Theatre, Darlington 7:30pm 01325 486555
9 October Opera House, Buxton 7.30pm 0845 127 2190
10 October Theatre Royal, Norwich 7:30pm 01603 63 00 00
11 October Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke 7:30pm 01256 844244
13 October Playhouse, Whitley Bay (SW) 7:30pm 0844 248 1588
14 October Concert Hall, Reading 7:30pm 0118 960 6060
15 October Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge 7:30pm 0845 196 2320
16 October Churchill Theatre, Bromley 7:45pm 0844 871 7620
17 October The Radlett Centre, Radlett 8.00pm 01923 859291
(SW) = One Man Star Wars Trilogy