Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings

Review: The Hobbit, Festival Theatre

The Hobbit ** Festival Theatre


"THEATRE LOVES LEGENDARY, monumental flops," says director Matthew Warchus, "and the bigger a show is trying to be, the more hopeful people are that it will fall flat." We are speaking during a break from rehearsals - still going on around the preview performances - of Warchus's musical adaptation of JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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New tales of Middle-Earth published 30 years after Tolkien's death

THIRTY years after JRR Tolkien's death, a posthumous book by the Lord of the Rings writer is published for the first time today.

Saying 'no' to Gandalf cost Sir Sean up to £225 million

SEAN Connery turned down the largest paycheck in cinema history when he refused an offer to play Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it has emerged.

Tolkien's son edits unfinished work ready for release

AN UNFINISHED tale by JRR Tolkien has been edited by his son into a completed work and will be released next spring.

Big parts for small actors

AUDITIONS are being held to find 20 hobbits for the stage show of The Lord Of The Rings - and being under 5ft 7in will be a distinct advantage.

Oscar winner Jackson flies in for second look at The Dam Busters

OSCAR-WINNING movie director Peter Jackson is to remake the Second World War classic film The Dam Busters at his New Zealand studios, he said today.

'Rings' maker funds cell research

OSCAR-WINNING film makers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, who created the Lord of the Rings trilogy, donated 500,000 New Zealand dollars (£169,000) today to human embryonic stem cell research at the University of California.

Lord of the Rings musical drops London premiere

THE producers of the Lord Of The Rings musical have abandoned plans to hold the world premiere in Britain, because they cannot find a theatre big enough.

Return of the King triumphant in poll

MOVIEGOERS have voted the final instalment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy best film of the year.

'Rings' star leads £1m drive to give youth theatre a new home

BILLY Boyd, the actor who won a starring role in the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy, is leading a £1 million fundraising drive to ensure other young Scots performers have the chance to make it big.

Tolkien's house made listed building

THE eight-bedroom house where JRR Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and the Lord Of The Rings trilogy has been made a listed building.

Reel wealth

THE box-office success of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy has made him quite rich, it was reported yesterday.

Birthplace of Bilbo for sale

LORD of the Rings fans are being offered the chance to buy their own corner of Middle Earth - if they have £1.5 million to spare.

Collection of books Rings in £150,000

RARE volumes of JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, including two copies signed by the author, fetched twice their estimated value at an auction which raised a total of £150,000.

Tolkien first editions are a charity shop winner

A CHARITY-shop manager expressed amazement yesterday after receiving a set of the first edition of Lord of the Rings handed over by an anonymous customer.

Elven lessons

SCHOOLCHILDREN are being given the opportunity to learn an Elvish language devised by The Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien.

Hoard of the Rings: One film, 11 Oscars

PETER Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy swept the board at this year’s Oscars with the third instalment of the film adaptation taking 11 out of a possible 11 of the much-coveted gold statuettes.

Lord of the Oscars

IT WOULD appear that only chronic insomniacs need stay up for the last 15 minutes of tonight’s 76th annual Academy Awards. There will be few surprises in the finale, unless host Billy Crystal decides to side with the anti-Gibson crowd and show us how Jewish he really is.

Tolkien stamp is first class

THE 50th anniversary of the publication of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings was being commemorated today with a special stamp issue.

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