JEFF WAYNE’S Musical Version of The War of The Worlds FINAL EVER arena tour comes to Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Friday and is NOT to be missed.
One of the most ground-breaking tours of all time, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds is making its sixth and final tour of UK Arenas.
Conducted by Jeff 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, X Factor 2013’s, Joseph Whelan, as The Voice of Humanity, the 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings and the 9-piece Black Smoke Band.
The show, which is mixed live in Surround Sound, features remarkable special effects, including the incredible 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 front of the audience’s eyes, a ground-breaking levitation effect and much more!
This is the last chance to experience the award-winning Arena production!
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 and marking a spectacular finale, HG Wells, the author of The War of The Worlds, will be brought to life being seen and heard in three riveting scenes within the show – aged 33, 53 and 79 – spanning the end of the 19th century and two subsequent World Wars.
HG Wells will be played by Scottish actor Callum O’Neill, who is best known for his role as ‘Wee Dingwall’ in Disney Pixar’s 2012 Summer Blockbuster Brave. In 2013, Callum also played Angus in Jamie Lloyd’s Olivier nominated Macbeth, at Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End.
To transform Callum into HG Wells, Jeff Wayne and his team have engaged the services of Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy Award winner Mark Coulier, creative director of one of Europe’s leading make-up effects companies, Coulier Creatures FX. Mark’s work has included transforming Meryl Streep into Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’ and creating ‘Lord Voldemort’ on the Harry Potter movies.
Wayne commented; “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, I’m most excited to announce that HG Wells will be seen and heard in 3 riveting scenes within our show – aged 33, 53 and 79 – spanning the end of the 19th century and two subsequent World Wars.
The tour also coincides with a new 1CD highlights album released by Sony Music on 17th November 2014. In November of 2012, Sony Music released ‘Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds - The New Generation, a fresh recording of one of the most iconic albums of all time, featuring a new line-up of guest artistes.
Jeff Wayne has once more partnered with Sony Music to release a brand new Highlights album, to be released on 17th November, ahead of the 17-date final UK Arena tour of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds - Alive on Stage! The album features Liam Neeson /Gary Barlow /Maverick Sabre /Joss Stone /Alex Clare /Ricky Wilson.
For tickets visit the Echo Arena website