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The Lord of the Rings Official Stage Companion: Staging the Greatest Show on Middle-Earth [Hardcover]

Gary Russell
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4 Jun 2007

A sumptuous illustrated celebration of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ stage show, which examines in detail through exclusive interviews and photographs the creation of one of the world’s most ambitious theatre adaptations. Contains over 120 full-colour photos and illustrations combined to provide the fascinating story of how a big-budget show is born.

‘The Lord of the Rings’ stage show will be the biggest, most expensive production ever mounted, combining in three acts the spectacle of ‘Cirque du Soleil’ and the theatrical entertainment of ‘The Lion King’, together with special visual effects never before seen on a live stage.

Published to coincide with the London gala premiere in June 2007, the book is a sumptuous coffee-table celebration of the sets, costumes and design of the show. It reveals the incredible story of how Emmy award-winning producer Kevin Wallace secured the rights to the ‘Holy Grail’ of theatre from showbiz legend, Saul Zaentz, how the script has changed with the evolution of the show, and features in-depth interviews with the key members of the team, among them Tony-nominated director Matthew Warchus, scriptwriter Shaun McKenna, Musical Director Chris Nightingale, and designer Rob Howell.

Together, these people have created what will certainly be remembered as ‘the greatest show on Middle-earth’ – this companion contains 120 full-colour photos and illustrations, combine to provide the fascinating illustrated story of how a big-budget show is born, and how the most famous book and movie trilogy in the world can be transformed into the most breathtaking musical production ever to appear on stage.


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (4 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007219083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007219087
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 19 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 556,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The concept of the show is daring, the choreography is superb – I mean superb – the costumes are fabulous, the special effects stunning, and the sets and the way they dovetail into the action are nothing short of stupendous. I have never seen anything like it – ever.” —Brian May, Ottawa Citizen

"Breathtaking … a stirring triumph of theatrical magic." — The Times
"A breathtaking theatrical adaptation." — Daily Mail
"Ingenious … a definitive mega-musical." — TIME Magazine
"Thrilling and irresistible … an intelligent musical." — Guardian
Stunning … a big, bold piece of popular musical theatre." — Sunday Express

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First came the book, voted Book of the Millennium and the Nation's Big Read, then came Peter Jackson's multi-award-winning box office phenomenon. Now, The Lord of the Rings is going to be the biggest, most expensive stage production ever mounted, combining in three acts the spectacle of Cirque du Soleil with the theatrical entertainment of The Lion King, with special visual effects never before seen on a live stage.

Published to coincide with the show's premiere, and for eager fans around the world, the book will be an entertaining coffee-table celebration of the sets, costumes and design of the show. It reveals in words and pictures the story of how Emmy award-winning producer Kevin Wallace and Tony-nominated director Matthew Warchus succeeded in bring Tolkien's epic story to the stage.

Featuring interviews with all the people responsible for the show's creation, and illustrated with over 100 exclusive photos, this fully authorised, official companion tells the fascinating story of how a big-budget show is born, and how the world's most famous book can be transformed into the most breathtaking dramatic production ever to appear on stage.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into a great show! 7 Feb 2008
By N.Kent
Format:Hardcover
This is a great book even though lots of the photos are from the Toronto production (due to the date of publication). However, it tells the story of the making of the London show and how the idea for turning this epic story into a musical came about. Well worth buying whether you have seen the show or not. If you haven't seen it, as soon as you've read this book you'll want to come this show in London.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I read this book before I saw the production (it arrived the morning before we left to see it), it covered every detail of the cast and crews journey which should prove to others that this interpretation was not just a money making venture but a sincere attempt to bring Tolkens world to the theatre. They succeeded since this production did push the ideas of storytelling to a place which was fantastically captivating. From each page thoughtfully chosen photos bring to life the memory of the Toronto and London productions. The costumes are fabulous to look on in more detail and the evolution of the ingenious stage design is just as interesting to read about as it was to see. The book largely focuses on the London cast and the brave steps they each took in bringing their characters to life ... if you were an Elf; you needed a head for heights and if you were a Hobbit a competent level of physical dexterity was needed, especially if you had to clime over members of the audience or if you happened to be a leaping Orc ... all of this is covered in the book, all the ideas reveal a level of originality which hasn't been seen in the West End for some time and perhaps not achieved as well. For all of the shows apparent growing success, it's early closure seems surprisingly unfair, for it is to be replaced by Andrew Lloyd Webbers new Oliver production-(Mr Webber wanted that theatre badly it seems); for myself the West End continues to be a place battling with artistic freedoms and business sense usurping them all too often but every once in awhile something unexpected arrives which takes your breath away and this book goes someway in preserving that first experience we had. A great book ... maybe Wallace productions will issue a dvd which utilises many of the videos which appeared on the web site ... Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back fabulous memories 12 Jan 2010
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Having seen the stage show in London 4 times, including the breathtaking last night, I suffered severe withdrawal symptoms knowing that I would never be able to see the show again (although I'm now keeping an eye out for dates in Germany and possibly New Zealand?), so this book has gone some way to alleviating those symptons. Reading it whilst listening to the soundtrack and I'm almost transported back to the theatre...
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Great book, love the photos in it! lots and lots of information on the show, perfect book for Lord of the rings fans to have a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting book 15 Jan 2014
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This stage companion gives you a deep insight in the background of this performance.. I haven't seen it, but i hope it will soon back up stage somewhere! The music is wonderfull.
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