West End 'Lord of the Rings' Now Booking to Sept. 27

The Lord of the Rings, the first major stage adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic trilogy, which received its British and European Premiere when it opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London earlier this summer, celebrates its 100th performance today, Monday, August 13, and its booking period has been extended to September 27, 2008.  

The company of over 70 actors, singers and musicians is led by Malcolm Storry as 'Gandalf'.  Recently, Ian McKellen, who played the role of 'Gandalf' in the Peter Jackson film trilogy, surprised Malcolm with a backstage visit to congratulate him on his performance, after seeing The Lord of the Rings that evening.   

Also in the cast are James Loye as 'Frodo Baggins', Laura Michelle Kelly as 'Galadriel', Michael Therriault 'Gollum', Peter Howe 'Sam', Jérôme Pradon 'Aragorn', Brian Protheroe 'Saruman', Richard Henders 'Merry', Owen Sharpe 'Pippin', Michael Rouse 'Legolas', Sévan Stephan 'Gimli', Steven Miller 'Boromir' and Rosalie Craig 'Arwen', with Andrew Jarvis as 'Elrond', Terence Frisch 'Bilbo', Tim Morgan 'The Steward of the Lands of Men' and Kirsty Malpass 'Rosie', along with Alexandra Bonnet, Greg Bradley, James Byng, Darren Carnall, Lee Clayden, Joseph Conner, Jennie Dale, Claire Doyle, Stephen Emery, Ben Evans, Josh Feldschuh, Alma Ferovic, Wayne Fitzsimmons, Chris Gage, David Grant, Paul Gurney, Shaun Henson, Michael Hobbs, Christopher D. Hunt, Luke Johnson, Corrie Mac, Stuart Neal, Scott Owen, Tim Parker, Richard Roe, Andrew Rothwell, Adam Salter, Robbie Scotcher, Nick Searle, Stevie Tate-Bauer, Jon Tsouras, Gavin Wilkinson, Glenn Wilkinson, Sam Wilmot and Kirk Zammit. 

The production has book and lyrics by Shaun McKenna & Matthew Warchus and music by A.R. Rahman & Värttinä with Christopher Nightingale.  The show is directed by Matthew Warchus, with choreography by Peter Darling and set and costume design by Rob Howell.  Lighting is by Paul Pyant, sound design by Simon Baker for Autograph, moving image direction by The Gray Circle, literary consultancy by Laurie Battle, special effects design by Gregory Meeh, illusions and magic effects by Paul Kieve, circus skills by Alex Frith and musical direction by Richard Brown. 

The Kevin Wallace Limited production of The Lord of the Rings is presented by Kevin Wallace and Saul Zaentz.

Photo - Malcolm Storry with Ian McKellen

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