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'Rings' debut in Toronto

"The much-anticipated stage adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy will have its world premiere in Toronto, producers announced in London Tuesday. The $27-million show, co-produced by Toronto's Mirvish Productions, will open in March 2006 at the Princess of Wales Theatre with a largely Canadian cast [...] The show had been scheduled to debut in London this spring [...] However, there was no theatre available to accommodate the massive and technically complex three-hour production." (from

Last year I wrote about some interesting Finnish connections to the Lord of the Rings. First it was about Tolkien's study of the Finnish language and the Kalevala. Then I wrote about the contributions of Finnish culture including folk group Värttinä's music to the stage adaptation musical of the 'Rings'. Now I also discover several Canadian connections, including a Canadian creator of the music score and composer of a Rings symphony:

"The music is by Bollywood composer A.R. Rahman, responsible for the U.K. hit Bombay Dreams, and Finnish group Värttinä.[...] The Canadian Children's Opera Chorus produced an opera adaptation of Tolkien's The Hobbit last summer and Toronto-born composer Howard Shore, who created the score for Jackson's films, adapted his music into a symphony work entitled The Lord of the Rings: A Symphony in Six Movements for Orchestra and Chorus. The piece has been performed to sold-out audiences around the world."

Some further reading in news around the world:
more in CBC
the Aussie news in Finnish

Thanks to a new reader in Finland who sent me a scanned clipping of the news item from the print version of Helsingin Sanomat. Now, I wonder if my cousin in Toronto has a spare bedroom?


Can't wait for it to hit London. I think it's about time I actually read the BOOK again, it must be about twenty years since I did.

I wish Toronto were closer! It's been even longer since I read it. I just don't seem to have enough time to read these days. Do you read more in retirement?