London Lord of the Rings Is Back Open for Business Following Stage Mishap

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The London production of Lord of the Rings will resume performances June 2 after the musical spectacular was closed for two days following an injury sustained by one of the performers.

Booking agents are advising customers that Lord of the Rings is open for the June 2 matinee and evening performances.

During the closure the show's creative team modified the staging following an accident during the May 30 performance in which actor Adam Salter was injured.

According to reports, Salter's leg was trapped in hydraulic stage equipment during the show's May 30 matinee performance. Audience members heard someone shout "My leg, my leg" before the curtain came down.

Salter was taken to the hospital for surgery. If there are no further safety issues, Matthew Warchus' multi-million production of Lord of the Rings will officially open June 19.

At three hours, the London version is 40 minutes shorter than the original Toronto production, and sees RSC actor Malcolm Storry, most recently seen at the National in The Royal Hunt for the Sun, take on the role of Gandalf. The cast also includes Olivier Award winner Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins) as Galadriel, and James Loye and Peter Howe, who originated their roles of Hobbits Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee, respectively, in the Toronto world premiere.

Michael Therriault reprises his Dora Award-winning Toronto performance as Gollum, Jerome Pradon (Les Misérables) plays Aragorn, Richard Henders (Caroline, or Change in London) plays Merry, and Owen Sharpe will re-create Pippin, the role he originated in Toronto. Michael Rouse The Boyfriend) plays Legolas, Sévan Stephan (Guys and Dolls) plays Gimli, Steven Miller plays Boromir and Rosalie Craig takes on Arwen.

Other members of the 50-strong cast include Andrew Jarvis (who plays Elrond), Terence Frisch (Bilbo), Tim Morgan (Théoden) and Kirsty Malpass (Rosie).

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The J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired work received its premiere at Toronto's 2,000-seat Princess of Wales Theatre on March 23. Warchus' three-act production is the first stage adaptation of the literary epic and follows the hugely successful film trilogy.

The London version arrives two years after the 2005 70th anniversary of Tolkien starting the trilogy, and the 50th anniversary since the works – "The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers" and "The Return of the King" - were published.

Book and lyrics are by Shaun McKenna and Warchus with music supplied by A.R. Rahman and Finnish band Värttinä with Christopher Nightingale. The show is choreographed by Peter Darling with set and costume design by Rob Howell.

While Peter Jackson's movie version of the trilogy amounted to nine hours of cinema, the London version runs at three hours.

Of the stage adaptation, Warchus previously said, "We have not attempted to pull the novel towards the standard conventions of musical theatre, but rather to expand those conventions so that they will accommodate Tolkien's material. As a result, we will be presenting a hybrid of text, physical theatre, music and spectacle never previously seen on this scale. To read the novel is to experience the events of Middle-earth in the mind's eye; only in the theatre are we actually plunged into the events as they happen. The environment surrounds us. We participate. We are in Middle-earth."

For more on Lord of the Rings, which is produced in London by Kevin Wallace and Saul Zaentz, call (0)870 890 6002.

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