Tolkien's Classic Makes Xmas Run at Queen'sDate: 31 October 2000
The stage adaptation of JRR Tolkien's classic fantasy tale, The Hobbit, will mount a Christmas season in the West End. The production opens at the Queen's Theatre on 12 December 2000 and continues for a limited five weeks to 29 January 2001.
Tolkien's world-famous story is about a small and frightened Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins who becomes a hero. Though Bilbo loathes adventure, he reluctantly becomes embroiled in Middle Earth's greatest adventure during which he battles against goblins, befriends elves, outriddles a cunning and dangerous dragon, and steals the ring of the deadliest of enemies, Golum.
The Hobbit, a Vanessa Ford Production, is adapted by Glynne Robbins whose stage versions of other classich children's novels include One Hundred and One Dalmations, Winnie the Pooh and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The Hobbit is directed by Roy Marsden with design by Simon Ash, music by Mark Bloxsidge, choreography by Stephanie Carter and costumes by Abigail Hammond.
Following its West End engagement, The Hobbit will embark on the second leg of a major regional tour through to June 2001. Confirmed venues to date are in Leeds, Birmingham, Belfast, Cork, Cardiff, Norwich, Northampton, Oxford, Liverpool, Plymouth, Blackpool and High Wycombe.