According to the www.lotr.com website The Lord of The Rings returns to the stage in 2015 with a World Tour.
Immensely popular with audiences of all ages this extraordinary show will continue with The Lord of the Rings World Tour.
The Lord of the Rings creative team is developing the touring version of the show, flexible enough to tour around the world while retaining the unique, thrilling and spectacular theatrical magic of the original Production.
The first stage production of The Lord of the Rings musical was staged in Toronto in 2006, with performances from 4th February, and opening on 23rd March 23, 2006. its final performance was on 3rd September, 2006.
While getting mixed reviews from the press, the show played to almost 400,000 people in Toronto, and was nominated for 15 Dora Awards, winning 7, including “Outstanding New Musical” and awards for direction, design and choreography.
A shortened (three-hour) and significantly re-written show began previews at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on 9th May, 2007, with its premiere on 19th June, 2007. The same creative team as the Toronto production was involved in the London production, with only three cast members reprising their roles from Toronto, James Loye (Frodo), Peter Howe (Sam) and Michael Therriault (Gollum).
The London production received mixed reviews. However, it was popular with audiences, being nominated for 7 Whatsonstage Theatregoer’s Choice Awards in 2007 and 5 Olivier Awards in 2008, including book and lyrics, lighting (Paul Pyant), sets and costumes (both Rob Howell) and sound. On 19th June, 2008, many of the original cast members left the production, having not extended their contracts for the final month. They were all replaced by their respective understudies. The production had its final showing on 19th July, 2008, after 492 performances.
The Lord of the Rings is a spectacular production created by Tony and Olivier Award winning director, Matthew Warchus, Tony and Olivier Award winning choreographer Peter Darling, and Tony and Olivier Award winning Set & Costume Designer, Rob Howell, the same creative team as on Matilda, The Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi-award winning musical currently playing in London and on Broadway.
Paul Pyant’s lighting, special effects by Greg Meeh, sound by Simon Baker, and magic illusions by Paul Kieve complete the design team.
A.R. Rahman (winner of The Golden Globe, the BAFTA and Oscar for best film score for Slumdog Millionaire, and a second Oscar for best original song), Värttinä (renowned in their native Finland and abroad), and Christopher Nightingale, have composed the exciting score, with lyrics and libretto by Shaun McKenna and Matthew Warchus.
“The Lord of the Rings has earned high praise from fans of Tolkien’s wonderful books and the general theatre-going public alike,” said Laurie Battle, of Tolkien Enterprises. “It’s a “once in a lifetime” 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 fabulous score and one of the most beautiful and spectacular designs seen on stage, The Lord of the Rings World Tour will carry on bringing to life the characters of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth for audiences around the world.