Official Press Release
JEFF WAYNE’S MUSICAL VERSION OF THE WAR OF THE WORLDS – ALIVE ON STAGE! 2010-2011
What the Critics said:
Dazzling...I felt a shiver of excitement
“…Who could ask for more…”
“…Thoroughly entertaining.” “Truly impressive”
“Mind- Melting, Multi-Media Extravaganza”
Back by phenomenal demand, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds – Alive on Stage! is set to return to major Arenas around the UK (including Dublin and Belfast) and Europe in 2010-11.
Following the hugely successful and critically acclaimed sell-out tours in 2006 (UK), 2007 (UK, Australia and New Zealand), and 2009 (UK, Holland and Germany), the highly anticipated new production will be invading Belgium, Holland and Ireland in November 2010, returning to the UK for a fourth Tour in December 2010 and a national tour of Germany in January 2011.
Jeff Wayne will be conducting the 10-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings and the show will star Justin Hayward (Moody Blues), Liz McClarnon (Atomic Kitten), Rhydian (UK’s X-Factor), Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann's Earthband) and singing and acting sensation Jason Donovan.
UK fans and media alike have been astounded by the groundbreaking technology featured in previous productions, including:
- An 11-foot high 3D photo-real floating hologram of Richard Burton, In Sight and Sound, as George Herbert, The Journalist
- A 3-tonne, 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing Heat Rays at the audience and scanning them with its bug-like eyes
- A 100-foot wide by 25 foot high screen projecting 2-hour CGI-animated movie in sync with the show and its live performances
- Special Effects including from the world of Illusion, plus Pyrotechnics, leaf drops, and Flame Effects to heighten the audience’s interactive experience!
- Music and sound effects mixed live in surround sound
The 2010 production will be the biggest and most exciting yet!
Inspired by HG Wells’ visionary Victorian tale, Jeff Wayne’s original double album was released in June 1978 featuring a compelling blend of prog rock and classical, as well as a spell-binding narration by Richard Burton and outstanding performances by some of the biggest artists of the 70s, including David Essex, Justin Hayward, Phil Lynott and Julie Covington.
The album has enjoyed huge success and critical acclaim across the globe with some 15 million records sold to date, spending over 330 weeks in the UK Album Chart (up to this writing) plus achieving two International hits singles – ‘Forever Autumn’ and ‘The Eve of The War’.
The War of The Worlds has also won two prestigious UK Ivor Novello Awards, the US Best Recording in Science Fiction and Fantasy voted by a panel of judges including Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, and in 2007 Jeff won Classic Rock’s ‘Showman of The Year’ Award.
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds has grown into a true classic, garnering new generations of devoted followers since its original release.
For anyone of any age, The War of The Worlds - Alive on Stage! is a thrilling and unique extravaganza – one not to be missed!
For further information please contact Lydia Turner on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7467 9404
2010-11 Tour dates for The War of the Worlds – Alive on Stage!:
Wed 24 – Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam
Thu 25 – Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam
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Fri 26 – Lotto Arena, Antwerp
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Mon 29 – Dublin O2 Arena, Ireland http://www.ticketmaster.ie
Tue 30 – Belfast Odyssey, Northern Ireland www.odysseyarena.com
Thu 02 – NEWCASTLE ARENA
Fri 03 – GLASGOW SECC
Sat 04 – SHEFFIELD ARENA
Sun 05 – MANCHESTER MENA
Tue 07 – LIVERPOOL ARENA
Wed 08 – NOTTINGHAM ARENA
Thu 09 – BIRMINGHAM NIA
Fri 10 – BOURNEMOUTH BIC
Sat 11 – BOURNEMOUTH BIC
Sun 12 – LONDON O2
Tue 14 – CARDIFF CIA
Wed 15 – CARDIFF CIA
Thu 16 – BRIGHTON CENTRE
Fri 17 – BRIGHTON CENTRE
Sat 18 – WEMBLEY ARENA
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Dec 2011 Dates TBC