THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE FIRST STAGE MUSICAL ADAPTATION OF JRR TOLKIENS CLASSIC TRILOGY THE LORD OF THE RINGS TO OPEN IN LONDON IN SPRING 2005
THE LORD OF THE RINGS PRODUCED BY KEVIN WALLACE AND SAUL ZAENTZ TO BE DIRECTED BY MATTHEW WARCHUS
THE LORD OF THE RINGS, the first major stage musical adaptation of JRR Tolkiens classic trilogy, will receive its World Premiere when it opens in London in Spring 2005. This coincides with the 50th anniversary of the publication of the complete trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.
The £8 million production has book and lyrics by Shaun McKenna and music by Stephen Keeling and Bernd Stromberger. McKenna & Keeling were the team responsible for the critically acclaimed West End musical Maddie.
Award-winning Matthew Warchus will direct. His recent credits include the London musicals Tell Me On A Sunday and Our House, and the Yasmina Reza plays Life x 3, The Unexpected Man and Art. Award-winning Rob Howell will design. His recent West End credits include Our House, Simply Heavenly, The Graduate, The Caretaker and Sophies Choice at The Royal Opera House.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS will be produced by Kevin Wallace and Saul Zaentz. Kevin Wallace was in-house producer at The Really Useful Theatre Company from 1997-2001 when it produced the Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game, Jesus Christ Superstar and Sunset Boulevard. In 2001 he received an International EMMY Award as executive producer of the film version of Jesus Christ Superstar. His other London productions include the critically acclaimed Gagarin Way and Eden. The legendary Saul Zaentz, whose film productions include the award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Amadeus, The Unbearable Lightness of Being and The English Patient, was this year awarded the BAFTA Academy Fellowship.