Happy National Hobbit Day! As we celebrate the beloved works of J.R.R. Tolkien, it’s even more fun to explore the numerous stage adaptations that have been inspired by his epic fantasy series, The Lord of the Rings. Here are five stageplays based on the famous trilogy that have left their own mark on the theatre world.
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Musical
This musical adaptation of The Lord of the Rings was originally created in 2006 by Matthew Warchus and featured original songs inspired by the books. Although the expensive production underperformed in Toronto and London, it is set to be relaunched at the Watermill Theatre in Berkshire, England this summer.
2. The Fellowship of the Ring
In 1997, Lifeline Theatre in Chicago, Illinois produced a play adaptation of the first book in the series, The Fellowship of the Ring. This adaptation was well-received and helped pave the way for future stage adaptations.
3. The Two Towers
Lifeline Theatre continued its Lord of the Rings series with an adaptation of The Two Towers in 2000. Once again, the production was met with positive reviews and helped establish Lifeline Theatre as a leading company for Tolkien-inspired plays.
4. The Return of the King
Lifeline Theatre completed its Lord of the Rings series with an adaptation of The Return of the King in 2001. This production, like its predecessors, was highly regarded and a great success.
For those who enjoy a good parody, Fellowship! is a musical spoof of The Fellowship of the Ring that was produced in Los Angeles in 2006. This parody, which pokes fun at the story’s characters and plotlines, was a hit with audiences and ran for multiple stints.
As we celebrate National Hobbit Day, it’s clear that J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece continues to inspire and captivate audiences through various stage adaptations. From serious plays to parodies, each production has brought its own unique take on the epic tale of Middle-earth. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a newcomer to the world of hobbits and wizards, these stage adaptations are definitely worth checking out.