I went to see this production a little while back and it’s unfortunate that the show has now ended. I haven’t read the books but I have seen all of the films and even though they are lengthy, the show managed to encapsulate all of them. I couldn’t think of one major bit that had been left out!
The Theatre Royal Drury Lane has been transformed into Tolkienâ€™s Middle-earth with an awe-inspiring, mystical set that creeps into the auditorium while friendly Hobbits and terrifying Orcs roam the aisles. Extraordinary special effects, unforgettable music and heartfelt performances transport you straight to the core of a fantastical universe and sweep you along on Frodo and Samâ€™s epic journey to destroy the Ring in the fiery depths of Mordor.
Frodo and his friends bid farewell to Middle-earth and to London
The Musical Spectacular â€œTHE LORD OF THE RINGSâ€ will complete its run at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London on 19 July, 2008 after 492 performances having played to an audience of over 700,000.
Due to the popularity of the London Production among international visitors, discussions are under way for the production to re-open in Germany in November 2009 with a German-speaking cast. â€œTHE LORD OF THE RINGSâ€ creative team is also developing a touring version to launch in New Zealand in 2009 before being presented in cities across Australia and the Far East. This new production will bring the showâ€™s ground-breaking musical score and J.R.R. Tolkienâ€™s beloved story to a global audience. Producer Kevin Wallace said today, â€œThe showâ€™s creative team has proven just how enchanting, exhilarating and powerfully entertaining The Lord of the Rings can be live on stage. We will continue to bring this incredible theatrical event to audiences in London until 19 July, and we look forward to presenting the show to new audiences abroad from 2009.â€
â€œTHE LORD OF THE RINGSâ€ has earned high praise from fans of Tolkienâ€™s wonderful books and the general theatre-going public alike,â€ said Laurie Battle of the Saul Zaentz Company. â€œThe enchanted environment at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane is a â€œonce in a lifetimeâ€ opportunity to step into the fantastic world of Middle-earth. The telling of this epic story on stage is a brilliant example of how magical the live theatrical experience can be. With a stunning score, powerful performances and perhaps the most beautiful and spectacular design the West End has ever seen, this show is not to be missed.â€
The producers today thanked the public for making â€œTHE LORD OF THE RINGSâ€ one of the three top-selling shows during the Society of London Theatreâ€™s 2007 Kids Week and Get Into London Theatre campaigns, as well as those ticket agents who have supported the show, taking â€œTHE LORD OF THE RINGSâ€ to top-selling positions in their monthly West End sales charts.
A Kevin Wallace Limited Production, â€œTHE LORD OF THE RINGSâ€ is presented by Kevin Wallace and Saul Zaentz.
Tickets for â€œTHE LORD OF THE RINGSâ€, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane are available in person from the theatre box office; by phone on 0844 412 4660, online at www.lotr.com and from all reputable theatre ticket agents. Ticket prices start at Â£15.00.
â€œA Hugely Impressive Productionâ€ The Guardian
â€œGo with an open heart, wide-open eyes and prepare for enchantment
– THIS SHOW IS A WONDERâ€ The Times
â€œA powerful piece of popular storytelling, that makes for a totally involving
theatrical experience. Amazing!â€ Sunday Express
â€œThe Production is Astoundingâ€¦ Astonishing special effectsâ€ London Lite
â€œWithout doubt the most spectacular show in the West Endâ€ lastminute.com
â€œAstonishingâ€ The Sunday Times
Astonishingâ€¦ Ingeniousâ€¦Not to be missed! The Hollywood Reporter