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The multi award-winning Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds is set to return to the UK next year.
Based on HG Wells’ dark Victorian tale of an alien invasion, the show, which has been seen by millions of people of all ages across the globe, will commence a brand new run at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena on 31 March 2021, before taking in stops in Birmingham, Cardiff, Brighton, Bournemouth, Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds, Hull, Liverpool, Newcastle and London.
31 March 2021 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham (20:00)
1 April 2021 – Arena Birmingham (20:00)
3 April 2021 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (15:00)
3 April 2021 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (20:00)
5 April 2021 – Brighton Centre (15:00)
5 April 2021 – Brighton Centre (20:00)
6 April 2021 – Bournemouth International Centre (20:00)
7 April 2021 – Bournemouth International Centre (20:00)
9 April 2021 – Manchester Arena (20:00)
10 April 2021 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (20:00)
11 April 2021 – First Direct Arena, Leeds (20:00)
13 April 2021 – Bonus Arena, Hull (20:00)
14 April 2021 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool (20:00)
15 April 2021 – Utilita Arena, Newcastle (20:00)
17 April 2021 – The O2, London (15:00)
17 April 2021 – The O2, London (20:00)
2021 will mark 15 years since The War Of The Worlds began touring, and since its debut, the scale of the production has grown exponentially with 12 trucks required to haul around the special effects that have captured the imaginations of those who have witnessed the show.
Returning to the production in 2021 will be: Liam Neeson in 3D holography as journalist George Herbert, the iconic 35-foot-tall Marian Fighting Machine firing real flame heat rays at the audience, the nine-piece Black Smoke Band and ULLAdubULLA symphonic string orchestra, leaf drops over the audience and the show will be mixed live in surround sound.
Updated features for 2021 include: The giant arched bridge now runs from the lip of the stage out over the audience to the front of house desk, three panoramic screens with two hours of cutting-edge CGI and the incineration of a cast member in full view of the audience.
The 2021 production will also feature brand new lighting, pyrotechnics and otherworldly special effects; a ground-breaking levitation effect, and the release of deadly black smoke from the Martian Fighting Machine.
Jeff Wayne’s double album was originally released in 1978, enjoying huge success across the globe with over 16 million records sold.
His musical version of The War Of The Worlds has grown into a modern live phenomenon, having been seen by millions of fans across the globe.
Jeff comments: “For over four decades now I’ve lived out a dream of bringing the true story of HG Wells dark Victorian tale to listeners and audiences from around the world while pushing technology to the limit both sonically and visually as time has moved on.
“In 2019 we launched The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience in Central London. combining, immersive theatre, virtual and, augmented realities, holograms and other cutting-edge technology; giving audiences the chance to live through the Martian invasion of 1898.
“Now our newest arena production combines these elements within the live performance medium, for an even more unique, emotional and at times, scary experience.”
Casting for the production will be announced soon.
Tickets to see Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds, taking to arenas across 2021, will be available from 09:00 on Friday 6 March 2020 through Ticketmaster.co.uk.