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Conducted by Jeff Wayne, The War of the Worlds – Alive on Stage will be the most ambitious production yet as it aims to “break through the fourth wall” and bring the action even closer to the audience for the most captivating and immersive experience ever.
Wayne will be joined by the nine-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings as he brings his classic music to life on stage.
The show, which is mixed live in Surround Sound, will also feature Liam Neeson in 3D holography; the incredible iconic 3-tonne, 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine (firing real flames into the arena); a 100 foot wide “animation wall” with 2 hours of cutting edge CGI; the incineration of a cast member in full view of the audience; a ground-breaking levitation effect; leaf drops over the audience… and much, much more!
Jeff Wayne’s double album was originally release in 1978. It has enjoyed huge success and critical acclaim across the globe, with over 15 million records sold and spending over 330 weeks in the UK album charts (to date), plus achieving two International hit singles Forever Autumn and The Eve of The War. It has been Top 10 in 22 countries and No.1 in 11 of them.
Nearly 40 years on – and based on HG Wells’ dark Victorian tale – Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds remains a firm favourite to millions around the world and has grown into a true classic, acquiring new generations of devoted followers.
About the new tour, Jeff Wayne said: “In June 1978 my original double album was released. I had no idea if it would vanish as quickly as one can say… “ULLAdubULLA!” But here I am today, soon to be celebrating the 40th anniversary throughout 2018, culminating in what I believe will be the most exciting arena tour we’ve ever performed!”
Here’s those new dates for 2018:
30 November – SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow
1 December – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
2 December – Manchester Arena
4 December – First Direct Arena, Leeds
5 December – Echo Arena, Liverpool
7 December – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
8 December – Genting Arena, Birmingham
9 – 10 December – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
12 – 13 December – Bournemouth International Centre
15 December – The O2 Arena, London (including matinee show)
16 – 17 December – Brighton Centre
Tickets for Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds – Alive on Stage go on sale at 09:00 on 24 Novmber 2017 via Ticketmaster.co.uk.