“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
From the Back Cover
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.