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The Hobbit     

Following three hugely successful national tours and two acclaimed capacity seasons in London’s West End, the incredible magic of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit is returning by popular demand to the New Theatre for one week only from Tuesday 25 March 2003.

This imaginative stage adaptation has been created by Glyn Robbins, known to millions of theatregoers for his adaptations of the CS Lewis classics, especially The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It is directed by Roy Marsden, now best known for his portrayal of Inspector Dalgleish in the televised versions of the PD James novels.

JRR Tolkien created a series of literary works set in the fantasy realm of Middle-Earth, populated with wonderfully original and magical characters. These culminated in the trilogy The Lord of the Rings which had its origins in The Hobbit. A firm favourite with both young and old, The Hobbit has sold over 42 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 26 languages.

With the aid of magic and illusion, audiences will join Gandalf the Sorcerer as he leads Bilbo Baggins and his Dwarf companions off on a frightening but magical journey, a journey from which they might never return! A journey to hunt for the powerful hidden treasure that simply must be found and given back to its rightful owners.

Travel with them through the Misty Mountains, Mirkwood, through wind, rain, hail and tremendous thunderstorms. Laugh with Bilbo as he discovers the answers to ancient riddles. Gasp as our adventurers narrowly escape gourmandising Trolls, vicious Goblins, avaricious wolves, spiteful Giant Spiders only to encounter the most magnificent deadly dragon of them all, Smaug, the guardian of the treasure they all seek.

The role of Bilbo Baggins is played by Cardiff born actor Michael Geary. Having originated the part of Bilbo on the initial tour and in the West End, Michael returns to his home city in this lead role.

The Hobbit is a show which can be appreciated on many levels by adults and children alike. And with adults making up 70% of the average audience for The Hobbit – this production is by no means only for school groups and children.
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