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Will Rings’ Toronto Closure Affect London???

By • West End
Just days after The Lord of the Rings confirmed its June 2007 West End premiere at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane (See News, 23 Jun 2006), with tickets going on sale next week, producers have announced that the world premiere production will be closing three months early in Canada. The epic stage musical adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s trilogy opened to mixed reviews at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre in March and had been booking through December but will now finish there on 3 September (See News, 23 Mar 2006). According to yesterday’s press statement, by the Toronto closing date, more than 420,000 people – many from abroad - will have attended the show, generating an economic impact of more than $640 million to Toronto and the province of Ontario. Canadian co-producer David Mirvish said: “The Lord of the Rings is a production that I believe will become part of theatrical history. It has already reached legendary status in its run in Toronto, a reputation that will only grow with its second production in London and with subsequent productions around the world in later years. And we will be proud to say we were there in Toronto when it all began.” The process of readying the show for London – where it will be substantially revised and shortened by half-an-hour to three hours – is now underway. The £12.5 million musical on 19 June 2007 (previews from 9 May), as the most expensive production in West End history.

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