|An adaptation of Tolkien's trilogy is due to open at the beginning of 2005 and will cost £1.5 million more than Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, until now the biggestbudget musical in the capital. |
Eventually it is hoped the production will roll out across the world.
Backed by US svengali Saul Zaentz, who owns the film and stage rights to the fantasy, the musical will be directed by Matthew Warchus - the man in charge of the current hit Our House - and produced by Kevin Wallace.
What lyricist and writer Shaun McKenna will find to rhyme with Gollum, Frodo or even Brandybuck has yet to be seen - but Mr Wallace is promising one of the most spectacular productions ever.
"I want it to be a landmark," he told the Standard. "When you put a piece of literature with such a worldwide profile on the stage you need to make something utterly extraordinary."
Oh well. At least it's not Andrew Lloyd Webber.