The Lord of the Rings (musical)

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The Lord of the Rings Musical has been the largest, and most expensive, effort to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings into a musical. It was first shown in Toronto but to mixed reviews. It closed early and re-opened in London with a new script although reviews were still far from perfect.



The Toronto musical was three-and-a-half hours long, had 65 actors, and was located at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, Canada. The show cost approximately $26.9 million and ran from March 23rd (press opening), 2006 to September 3rd, 2006, closing at a loss.



After the musical moved to London, the stage was rebuilt, the script rewritten, and shortened to three hours. Previews began at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on May 9th, 2007 and the premiere was on June 19th, 2007. The musical had the same creative team but had minor changes in the cast, with only 50 actors in this version. The reported total cost was approximately $49 million, making it one of the most expensive musicals outside of Las Vegas.

The London Production at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane



In 2023 the musical was revived at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, West Berkshire. It ran for 12 weeks, from Tuesday 25th July until Sunday 15th October 2023. Due to the small size of the theatre (seating just 220 people) the production was set across both the Watermill auditorium and its gardens "immersing audiences in the magical landscape of Tolkien featuring an ensemble cast and large-scale puppets".[1]

The production received favourable reviews, with particular praise for the casts performances.[2]



In 2024, the Watermill production was announced to be making it's US premiere at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, running from 19 July to 1 September. [3] It was also confirmed that the production will go on an international tour, with further dates and venues to be announced in June. [4]

Musical numbers

Act I

  • "Springle Ring" – Company
  • "Prologue" ('Lasto i lamath') – Arwen
  • "The Road Goes On" – Frodo, Sam, Pippin, Merry and Company
  • "Saruman" – Female Voices
  • "The Cat and the Moon" – Frodo, Sam, Pippin, Merry and Company
  • "Flight to the Ford" – Glorfindel and Female Voices
  • "The Song of Hope" – Arwen
  • "Star of Eärendil" – Arwen and Company
  • "Lament for Moria" – Gandalf and Gimli

Act II

  • "The Golden Wood" – Company
  • "Lothlórien" – Legolas, Galadriel and Company
  • "Lothlórien" (Reprise) – Galadriel and Company
  • "The Siege of the City of Kings" – Female Voices
  • "Now and for Always" – Frodo and Sam
  • "Gollum/Sméagol" – Gollum/Sméagol


  • "The Song of Hope" (Duet) – Aragorn and Arwen
  • "Wonder" – Galadriel
  • "The Final Battle" – Galadriel
  • "City of Kings" – Company
  • "Epilogue (Farewells)"
  • "Finale" – Company

External links


  1. Luke Dillon, "The Lord Of The Rings musical revived at The Watermill Theatre" dated 2 March 2023, (accessed 15 May 2024)
  2. Mark Lawson, "The Lord of the Rings: A Musical Tale review – the greatest show on Middle-earth" dated 2 August 2023, The Guardian (accessed 15 May 2024)
  3. Tom Millward, "Watermill Theatre’s The Lord of the Rings to stage American premiere" dated 9 April 2024, (accessed 16 May 2024)
  4. Greg Evans, "‘The Lord Of The Rings’ UK Musical Sets Chicago U.S. Premiere" dated 9 April 2024, (accessed 16 May 2024)