Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds reaches the West End in February 2016

JS51809082-300x199Producer Bill Kenwright has joined forces with former pop star Jeff Wayne to bring the major new production of Wayne’s innovative The War of the Worlds to the West End early next year.

The spectacular production, which features the classic score played live on stage conducted by Wayne himself, will preview at the Dominion Theatre from Monday 8 February 2016 with an opening night gala performance on 17 February.

The show will include new music, a star cast, and a full supporting company of performers along with video walls; the iconic Martian Fighting Machine; special effects and, in 3D holography, Liam Neeson as The Journalist. Based on HG Wells’ much loved sci-fi novel, The War of the Worlds is adapted by Doreen Wayne with music by Jeff Wayne; lyrics by Gary Osborne, Paul Vigrass and Jeff Wayne. The production will be directed by Bob Tomson and produced by Bill Kenwright.

Since its inception in 1978, Jeff Wayne’s star-studded original double concept album has become one of the most groundbreaking and best-selling musical works of all time. More than 15 million copies have been sold and the album has spent 330 weeks in the UK album charts to date. It has also hit the No. 1 spot in 11 countries and spawned two international hit singles. The hit concert version has toured the world’s arenas for eight years.

HG Wells’ original classic novel, first published in 1898, was widely seen as the inspiration for generations of science fiction writers. An international phenomenon, The War of the Worlds describes the invasion of Earth by ruthless Martians with superior intelligence, incredible machines and devastating weaponry.

Further details of casting and production team are yet to be announced.

Angela Thomas

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