Hundreds packed out Williamson Park in Lancaster as the outdoor version of the Hobbit premiered.
Some 360 people attended the Dukes Theatre’s first performance on Tuesday night which received a standing ovation and the first three Saturday performances are already sold out.
A Dukes spokesperson said: “The Dukes is delighted with the reaction to The Hobbit since it opened on Tuesday with a standing ovation.
“This outdoor version of the Tolkien classic really seems to have struck a chord with people of all ages so we’re looking forward to one of our most successful outdoor seasons in recent years.”
Tickets are available throughout the run which ends on August 13 on 01524 598500.