The Lord Of The Rings – A Musical Tale to make US premiere

Lord Of The Rings company
Lord Of The Rings company in Watermill Theatre production. Credit: Pamela Raith

The Lord Of The Rings – A Musical Tale is to make its US premiere this year following its world debut at Newbury’s The Watermill Theatre in the UK.

This new version of the Lord of the Rings musical is retold from the perspective of the Hobbits, and officially sold out its 12-week run.

It will be staged at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater from 19 July – 1 September 2024.

Artistic Director of The Watermill, and director of The Lord of the Rings, Paul Hart said: “We loved welcoming audiences from across the world to the Shire to experience our intimate yet epic production of The Lord of the Rings, and to introduce them to our corner of West Berkshire.

“Now we’re setting off on our own “there and back again” journey to Chicago and we can’t wait to work with the brilliant team at Chicago Shakespeare Theater to recreate the wonder of Middle-earth for new audiences.

As the Hobbits celebrate Bilbo Baggins’ eleventy-first birthday in the Shire, he gifts his nephew Frodo his most precious belonging—a gold ring. This fateful moment launches Frodo on a legendary and perilous quest across Middle-earth to the darkest realms of Mordor to vanquish evil with his loyal Fellowship.

The Lord Of The Rings – A Musical Tale is based on the classic trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, with book and lyrics by Shaun McKenna and Matthew Warchus and music by Oscar and BAFTA Award winner A.R. Rahman (Bombay Dreams, Slumdog Millionaire), Värttinä and Tony Award winner and Grammy nominated Christopher Nightingale (Matilda the Musical).

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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