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JUL 19 - SEP 1, 2024

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

The Yard

The Lord of the Rings

A Musical Tale

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

The Yard

Suitable for all audiences
Best enjoyed by ages 8 & up

Run Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes (not including intermission)

Audience Notice: Prop weaponry, including items handled by actors as they move through the audience; fog and haze; usage of strobe lights and loud sound effects.
Costume/Cosplay guidelines ⟶

Seat Map


Associate Production Sponsor
Ruth D. and Ken M. Davee New Work and Education Outreach Fund

Provider of Physician and Physical Therapy Services
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

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Additional Credits
Kevin Wallace & William Bennett for Kevin Wallace Productions, Middle‑earth Enterprises, GWB Entertainment, Tim McFarlane, People Entertainment Group, The Watermill Theatre

Written and produced under license from Middle‑earth Enterprises, LLC (MEE).

The Lord of the Rings logo, The Lord of the Rings and the names of characters, events, items and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of MEE and are used under license.

All rights reserved. ©2024 Kevin Wallace Limited and Middle‑earth Enterprises.

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.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s US premiere production will transfer this fall to The Civic Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand, beginning November 5.


Additional Credits
Kevin Wallace & William Bennett for Kevin Wallace Productions, Middle‑earth Enterprises, GWB Entertainment, Tim McFarlane, People Entertainment Group, The Watermill Theatre

Written and produced under license from Middle‑earth Enterprises, LLC (MEE).

The Lord of the Rings logo, The Lord of the Rings and the names of characters, events, items and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of MEE and are used under license.

All rights reserved. ©2024 Kevin Wallace Limited and Middle‑earth Enterprises.

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Projected Spanish Translation

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ASL Interpretation

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Audio Description

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Suitable for all audiences
Best enjoyed by ages 8 & up

Run Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes (not including intermission)

Audience Notice: Prop weaponry, including items handled by actors as they move through the audience; fog and haze; usage of strobe lights and loud sound effects.
Costume/Cosplay guidelines ⟶

Seat Map


Associate Production Sponsor
Ruth D. and Ken M. Davee New Work and Education Outreach Fund

Provider of Physician and Physical Therapy Services
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

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7:00 PM / Tuesday , Jul 30

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Tickets Available
Limited Availability
Multiple Performances
Sold Out
Open Captioning

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Projected Spanish Translation

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ASL Interpretation

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Audio Description

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Open Captioning

WED, AUG 21

Projected Spanish Translation

THU AUG 22

ASL Interpretation

FRI, AUG 23

Audio Description

SUN, AUG 25

Artists

Dani McCallum

Original Fight Director

Ashleigh Cheadle

Original Puppetry Director

Tuesday Thacker

Production Assistant

Dani McCallum

Original Fight Director

Ashleigh Cheadle

Original Puppetry Director

Tuesday Thacker

Production Assistant