Lacklustre Hobbit fails to impress; REVIEW.
The Hobbit ALEXANDRA THEATRE IT is hard to imagine what the late author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings would have made of this stage adaptation.
Glyn Robbins' version, directed by Roy Marsden, certainly contains all the characters from JRR Tolkien's wonderful creation from Gandalf the wizard and hobbit Bilbo Baggins to dwarves, trolls and goblins.
A new two-part movie will renew interest in The Hobbit but this is very much kids' stuff with very little menace, despite the added presence of wolves, a giant spider and a dragon as our heroes seek to reclaim their kingdom.
Even the fight scenes are theatrical rather than convincing, while the dwarves and a group of woodsmen indulge in a bizarre form of linedancing.
At least excellent use is made of the revolving scenery, while the trolls, spider and dragon impress. Until April 3. VERDICT:TONY COLLINS