After four years and countless last-minute rewrites, 'The Lord of the Rings' comes to the stage.
By Gare Joyce (click for article)
Such streamlining is typical in any big show, and a casual Tolkien devotee can pick up on threads of the story that have been pulled from the fabric of the stage production. (Farewell, Faramir.) Thus, adaptation gave way to readaptation. Scenes that were months in the making were shuffled, shifted, truncated, or discarded. And this will almost certainly continue until opening night March 23.
I really get the streamlining needed for movies and plays - I really do. But after forty odd years reading this book, I don't see how you can leave out the characters that stand for redemption, reconstruction and renewal. The PBS radio version did the same.