The Lord
of the Rings

July 19

September 1, 2024

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

Based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien 
Book and lyrics by Shaun McKenna
and Matthew Warchus
Music by A.R. Rahman, Värttinä, and Christopher Nightingale
Directed by Paul Hart


Journey to the magical realms of Middle-earth as J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy of books are brought to the stage in a US premiere musical.

As the Hobbits celebrate Bilbo Baggins’ eleventy-first birthday in the Shire, he gifts his nephew Frodo his most precious belonging—a gold ring. This fateful moment launches Frodo on a legendary and perilous quest across Middle-earth to the darkest realms of Mordor, to vanquish evil with his loyal Fellowship. This theatrical event celebrates the magical world of Middle-earth, making for an unforgettable experience for longtime fans and newcomers alike.

“Sharing the Watermill’s wonderful expression of The Lord of the Rings on stage with audiences across the globe beginning this summer in Chicago, with the US premiere of Paul Hart’s and Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s collaborative re-imagining, is a dream come true for all of us at Middle-earth Enterprises,” says Fredrica Drotos, of Middle-earth Enterprises.

ASL Interpretation: Fri, August 23 7:00 p.m.

Open Captioning: Wed, August 21 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Audio Description: Sun, August 25 2:00 p.m.


The Players

Creative Team

Shaun McKenna and Matthew Warchus Book and Lyrics

A.R. Rahman, Värttinä and Christopher Nightingale Music

Paul Hart Director

Simon Kenny Production Designer

Anjali Mehra Choreographer and Movement Director

Mark Aspinall Music Supervisor

Rory Beaton Lighting Designer

Adam Fisher Sound Designer

George Reeve Projection Designer

Iain Syme Associate Projection Designer

Charlie Tymms Puppet Designer

Christa Harris  Associate Director

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