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Middle-earth fun at the Edinburgh Fringe

Charles Ross - One Man Lord of the RingsThose who came to The One Expected Party in February 2013 will remember the wonderful performance from Charles Ross, the man behind The One Man Lord of the Rings. Ross’ show is absolutely hilarious – a must see for Middle-earth fans! If you’re able to get along to the Edinburgh Fringe this year, you can see The One Man Lord of the Rings at Assembly George Square. The show runs (on odd days) 4th to 25th August. See it if you can!

We also hear, from Ringer Spy Daniel, that this week only there is a Lord of the Rings related comedy show as part of the Free Fringe. The Orc Mischief will present their routine of comic (and according to them, ‘tongue in cheek and often obscure’!) songs at the Edinburgh Fringe festival from 2nd – 9th August at the Ibis Hotel on South Bridge. Find out more about this act at their facebook page.

Alas, the shows overlap so you can’t see both on one day – but there’s so much to do in the Edinburgh Festival, why not stay in town for a second day? And take in two Hobbity shows for the price of one!

[The One Man Lord of the Rings]  [The Orc Mischief]

 

 

 

Posted in Events, Oscar Parties, Stage Productions, The One Expected Party

Richard Armitage in The Crucible – review

Crucible_shot_10191_FZ_edit_ff_pressAs TORn’s readers know, our very own Thorin Oakenshield – actor Richard Armitage – is currently appearing as John Proctor in The Crucible at The Old Vic in London. Staffer greendragon went along to see the show, and she’s written up what she says is ‘half review, half an attempt to capture the atmosphere for those who won’t get to see this production.’ Here’s what she had to say:

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Posted in Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Richard Armitage, Stage Productions, The Hobbit

Martin Freeman in Richard III – Trafalgar Studios, London

MF Rich III posterWhat a great summer of theatre this is for Hobbit fans in the London area! Not only is Richard Armitage appearing in The Crucible at The Old Vic; Middle-earth lovers can also see Bilbo himself, Martin Freeman, starring as Richard III at Trafalgar Studios. This promises to be a thrilling, visceral production; director Jamie Lloyd last year staged Macbeth (with James McAvoy), in a production which a reviewer described as ‘a gripping and genuinely startling production’. For this staging of Richard III, audience members have apparently been warned that the front rows might get splashed with blood! The official press release describes the play thus:

“In the aftermath of civil war, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, makes a hateful resolution to claw his way to political power at any cost. A master of manipulation, subtle wit and beguiling charm, he orchestrates his unlawful ascent by spinning a ruthless web of deceit and betrayal. His staunch ambition soon begins to weigh heavy, as the new ruler finds himself utterly alone and steeped in dread, forced to answer for his bloody deeds and face the horrifying consequences.”

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Posted in Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Martin Freeman, Stage Productions, The Hobbit

Richard Armitage in The Crucible at The Old Vic, London

Crucible_shot_10191_FZ_edit_ff_pressAs TORN’s readers no doubt know, Richard Armitage is currently appearing as John Proctor in Arthur Miller’s brilliant play The Crucible, which is being staged at The Old Vic in London, by director Yaёl Farber.  Previews began on 21st June; here’s what the official press release tells us:

“Yaёl Farber directs Arthur Miller’s modern American masterpiece about the Salem witch trials drawing parallels with his experience of McCarthy’s anti-communist investigations in the 1950s. The Crucible tells the story of one man’s fight to save his identity in a repressive Puritan community where intolerance collides with lust and superstition, fuelling widespread hysteria with tragic results. (more…)

Posted in Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Richard Armitage, Stage Productions, The Hobbit

Peter Hambleton directs play ‘Equivocation’ in Wellington

peter hambletonAs he told TheOneRing.net in his interview with us back in April, Peter Hambleton has been busy, for the first part of this year, wearing his director’s hat. His next show, at the Circa Theatre in Wellington, is Bill Cain’s fascinating play Equivocation – a piece described on the theatre’s website as an ‘explosively comedic high stakes thriller … for theatre-lovers, fashion fanatics, Game of Thrones and House of Cards fans, legal eagles, politicos – and anyone who has ever had a boss from hell.’

The plot is summarized thus:

‘London 1605. Shakespeare (Shag) is ordered to rewrite the ‘true’ story of Guy Fawkes and the treasonous Gunpowder Plot – as a crowd-pleasing play. While the plotters wait in prison, he must decide if he would rather write a lie and lose his soul, or write the truth and lose his head. He walks this dangerous tightrope with the help of his theatre troupe, his devoted daughter, and by learning the art of equivocation (the use of ambiguous language to conceal the truth).’

This modern play was described by Variety as, ‘One of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade’. If you’re lucky enough to be in Wellington between May 24th and June 21st, you can get tickets for this exciting production by visiting Circa Theatre’s website, here – and don’t forget to write and tell us about it!

 

Posted in Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Peter Hambleton, Stage Productions, The Hobbit

Catch Billy Connolly (aka Dain Ironfoot, the dwarf we have yet to see!) on the radio Wednesday

Billy-ConnollyActor, musician and comedian Billy Connolly, (who will be seen in The Hobbit: There and Back Again as dwarf Dain Ironfoot),  is currently performing on the West Coast of  the US with his one man show, ‘The Man Live’.  This weekend, he’ll be performing at the Montalban Theatre, Los Angeles – tickets are available here.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, Connolly will be appearing on the radio show ‘Kevin & Bean’ on radio station KROQ. Their website states that he’ll be on at 9am (that’s Pacific time); you can tune in at 106.7fm, or listen via their website. Catch up with the latest from the Scot known as ‘The Big Yin’; and check out his other tour dates, to see if he’ll be appearing near you – he’ll also be touring New Zealand later this Spring/Fall.

[Billy Connolly's official website]

Posted in Billy Connolly, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Other Events, Stage Productions, The Hobbit

WIN TICKETS to see Orlando Bloom – coming to cinemas across America

Romeo and JulietAt the end of last year, Orlando Bloom was appearing on Broadway in Romeo and Juliet – here at TORn, we even gave away tickets so some lucky fans could go along and see the production. For those who didn’t make it to New York to see Shakespeare’s tragic play, the good news is that the show was filmed on November 27th 2013, and will be broadcast this February (13th to 19th) in cinemas across the United States.

The even better news is that TORn is once again giving away tickets!  We have two pairs of tickets to give away, so two lucky winners can go (with a friend – or a date!) and see the broadcast of Romeo and Juliet at the cinema nearest then.  (A full list of theatres and dates for the screenings can be found here.) What more romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day than watching the tale of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers?

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Posted in Contests, Events, Film Screenings, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Orlando Bloom, Stage Productions, The Hobbit

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – January 26, 2014

Snowy HobbitsWelcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past week.  If you’ve fallen behind on what’s happening on the Message Boards, here’s a great way to catch the highlights.  Or if you’re new to TORn and want to enjoy some great conversations, just follow the links to some of our most popular discussions.  Watch this space as every weekend we will spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards.  Everyone is welcome, so come on in a join the fun!

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Posted in Fans, Hobbit Movie, Meet Ups, Stage Productions, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community

Staffer ImladrisRose sees Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart on Broadway

TORn staffer ImladrisRose was lucky enough recently to see the ‘Two Plays in Rep’ on Broadway, starring Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart.  Here’s her review:

cort theatreNew York City in December is nothing short of magical, and this year, for a limited time, you can see pure magic on the Broadway stage. No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot are two completely different plays, by two different writers, but with the exact same cast, at the historic Cort Theatre. Each performance runs subsequently one night after the other, and each show is a different experience.

The stellar cast just happens to include film and theatre legend Sir Ian McKellen (perhaps you have heard of him, he plays Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films and Magneto in the X-Men franchise), and film and television legend Sir Patrick Stewart (best know for playing Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Professor X in the X-Men franchise). These fantastic, cinematic greats are working together again on Broadway, and it is something that should be witnessed by every person who is able! There is a poignant line delivered by Patrick Steward in No Man’s Land that rings especially true: “You speak with the weight of experience behind you!” These two stage and screen masters certainly do.

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Posted in Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Stage Productions, The Hobbit

Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart on Charlie Rose tonight

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in Waiting for GodotIan McKellen dropped fans a line on his Facebook page today – letting us know that he and Patrick Stewart will be appearing on Charlie Rose tonight, to discuss their two Broadway plays Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land.

The show will air at 11 P.M. eastern time on WNET Channel 13 in New York. For other areas, check your local listings.

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Posted in Events, Hobbit Cast News, Ian McKellen, LotR Cast News, Stage Productions

Lord of the Rings Musical World Tour in 2015

lotrclose460Playbill has announced that the stage musical adaptation of The Lord of the Rings will embark on a world tour starting in 2015.  The Lord of the Rings premiered at Toronto’s Prince of Wales Theatre in March 2007, before moving to London, where it ended its run in July 2008 after 493 performances.

The new touring production will premiere in New Zealand; additional locations have not yet been announced, but TheOneRing.net will have locations and tour dates as soon as they are available.  Stay tuned!

Posted in Events, Lord of the Rings, Stage Productions

Exciting giveaways at TORn’s party in New York – 10th October

ian mck partick stLots of folks have already bought their tickets to join TheOneRing.net and fellow Ringers at our annual party in Manhattan!  We’re hard at work planning a special event, and can’t wait to see everyone there.  Everyone attending will receive a goody bag, and in addition to this, as ever, we will have some amazing prizes to be won; and we just got news of a very exciting giveaway to include in that raffle.   We will be giving away TWO TICKETS to see Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart on Broadway!  The lucky winner (and companion of their choice!) will be able to pick a date to go along and see Gandalf and Picard, (or Magneto and Professor X), live on stage!

There will be more amazing giveaways at the party – stay tuned for further details!  Your ticket to the party – at The Oak Cellar, Manhattan, on Thursday 10th October - includes two entries into the raffle, as well as your goody bag, your first drink, plentiful finger food throughout the evening, and of course a great time with fellow fans!  Numbers are strictly limited in our private room this year, so buy your ticket now!  We look forward to seeing you in New York in a couple of weeks.

[Click here for all details, and to buy tickets to Ringers Take Manhattan]

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Meet Ups, NYCC, Other Events, Stage Productions, The Hobbit