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March 23: World Premiere of Lord of the Rings

The Shire officially comes to life this evening at the Princess of Wales theatre in Toronto’s Entertainment District, and the world will take notice.

The beloved J.R.R. Tolkein epic trilogy will make its official stage debut after several weeks of previews. Critics and media from around the world will be in attendance.

Fusing the talents of producer Kevin Wallace, director Matthew Warchus, and music by the Finnish folk ensemble Varttina and India’s A. R. Rahman, the spectacle surpasses expectations.

The stage production is one of the most expensive shows ever to take stage in Toronto, costing about $28 million to produce. Every show needs the talents of 150 people, from cast and crew to the orchestra and technicians.

Since its preview opening in February, there have been many modifications. It’s now three hours and 30 minutes long, as opposed to five hours. A lot of technical improvements have been made to allow a smoother, shorter show.

The show officially launches tonight for about $125 per ticket for a Saturday-night show. Prices vary; visit for more information.