The most ground-breaking arena tours of all time, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds – Alive on Stage! is to return for the sixth and final time later this year.
The show, which is mixed live in Surround Sound, features remarkable special effects.
It includes an incredible three-tonne 35-foot tall Martian fighting machine firing real flames into the arena, a 100-foot wide “animation wall” with two hours of cutting edge CGI, the incineration of a cast member in front of the audience’s eyes and a ground-breaking levitation effect.
Conducted by Wayne, the most ambitious production yet will feature Liam Neeson in 3D holography, Jason Donovan as Parson Nathaniel, Westlife’s Brian McFadden as The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist, X Factor 2005 winner Shayne Ward as the Artilleryman, Les Miserables’ Carrie Hope Fletcher as Beth, Parson Nathaniel’s Wife and X Factor 2013’s, Joseph Whelan, as The Voice of Humanity.
Jeff Wayne said: “Bringing The War of The Worlds to life in many of the world’s finest arenas has been the most amazing experience, both musically and technologically.
“However, the time is right to take The War of The Worlds in new directions after the 2014 tour. All I can say for the future of TWOTW is – watch this space!”
Adding a new dimension to the tour, and marking a spectacular finale, HG Wells, the author of The War of The Worlds, will be brought back to life in sight and sound.
Said Jeff: “Over the years TWOTW has built a reputation by challenging our creative team to add new ingredients to every production that would move and excite our audiences further.
“For our final UK arena tour, I decided that it was time to give TWOTW creator – HG Wells – a chance to ‘have his say’, about why he wrote what has become known as the first science fiction story ever written, and its meaning to the real world we live in.
“As a result HG Wells will be seen and heard in three scenes within our show – aged 33, 53 and 79 – spanning the end of the 19th century and two subsequent World Wars.
“While HG may have also authored The Time Machine – it’s TWOTW and modern technology that is bringing him back”.
Wayne is also releasing a brand new Highlights album on November 17 ahead of the 17-date arena tour.
His original double album, released in 1978, has enjoyed huge success and critical acclaim across the globe with over 15 million records sold.
The War of The Worlds has also won two prestigious UK Ivor Novello Awards, the US Best Recording in Science Fiction and Fantasy, as well as winning for Jeff, Classic Rock’s ‘Showman of The Year’ Award.
View the 2013 trailer promoting this year’s tour.
November 27, Dublin O2 Arena November 28, Liverpool Echo Arena, November 29, Glasgow Hydro Arena November 30, Manchester MEN Arena.
December 2, Nottingham Arena December 3, Newcastle Arena December 5, Birmingham LG Arena December 6, Leeds Arena December 7/8, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena December 10/ 11, Bournemouth BIC December 13, London O2 Arena – matinee & evening December 14/ 15, Brighton Centre December 16, Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.