Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds
Sunday 2nd December 2018
One of 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 make its return to Manchester Arena this December.
Nearly 40 years on, 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.
The show will again feature a stellar cast with Jeff Wayne returning to the podium to conduct the 9-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings, while Liam Neeson retains his role in 3D holography as The Journalist.
Star of stage and screen Jason Donovan returns to the role of Parson Nathaniel alongside West End actress Carrie Hope Fletcher as Beth, his wife. Actor and theatre star Adam Garcia will debut as The Artilleryman, British singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner will perform The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist, Inglorious front man Nathan James will play The Voice of Humanity, with Anna-Marie Wayne reprising her role as Carrie, The Journalist’s Fiancée.
Jason Donovan commented; “I am delighted to be re-joining the cast for this very special 40th Anniversary Tour. ‘The War of The Worlds’ has such enduring appeal and its fan base seems to grow and grow. With each tour, the scale, the drama and the special effects get more and more exciting, so I can`t wait to see what Jeff has planned for this spectacular celebration!
Carrie Hope Fletcher added; "I’m absolutely delighted and honoured to be reprising my role as ‘Beth, Parson’s Nathaniel’s Wife`, alongside Jason Donovan, especially for this momentous 40th Anniversary year! Having grown up listening to the album, ‘The War of The Worlds’ holds a personal significance, and with the new ingredients, I can’t wait to see how this new production has evolved!"
Newton Faulkner said; "I grew up listening to `The War of The Worlds` and I’m playing The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist, alongside Liam Neeson and, as if that wasn’t enough, Jeff Wayne asked me really nicely. Also, it’s got giant Martian Fighting Machines in it! An actual MFM that shoots real flames out of its giant face! I’m very excited.
Adam Garcia commented; “I have been waiting to be a part of TWOTW live since it first began in this arena format. Finally I get to be on stage - inside the `The War of The Worlds`. I’m terribly excited.”
Nathan James said; "I am beyond excited to be part of the 40th anniversary production of The War of The worlds. I can`t wait to stand on stage in these incredible venues and perform this wonderful music alongside such a hugely talented cast. I`m so thankful that Jeff has picked me to sing ‘Thunder Child’ - a song I have loved since I was a kid. I remember hearing those opening chords for the first time and to get to hear them from backstage is going to be a really surreal moment every night. This is a proper dream job."
Anna-Marie Wayne said: "The War of The Worlds is obviously very near and dear to my heart and I am so excited to be reprising the role of Carrie again for the 40th anniversary Tour! I can`t wait for everyone to see how the character has developed since the last tour - lots of new and exciting things!"
Conducted by Jeff Wayne, with the 9-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings, the most ambitious production yet will ‘break through the fourth wall’ to bring the action closer to the audience for a most captivating and immersive experience. The show, which is mixed live in Surround Sound, will also feature the incredible iconic 3-tonne 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real flames, the incineration of a cast member in full view of the audience, and a ground-breaking levitation effect! Full cast to be announced soon!
Nearly 40 years on, Jeff Wayne`s double album has grown into a true classic, acquiring new generations of devoted followers since its original release, and has sold over 15 million records worldwide, with two International hit singles – `Forever Autumn` and `The Eve of The War`, spending over 330 weeks in the UK album charts.
DON’T MISS your chance to experience this spectacular Arena production and join the 40 YEAR celebrations!
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Reserved VIP car parking
Fast track entrance to the venue
Dedicated suite attendant
Fully stocked bar
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