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'LIFE BEGINS AGAIN'

ARENA TOUR

2022

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The multi award-winning masterpiece

returns to arenas

throughout the UK & Amsterdam 2022

Based on HG Wells' dark Victorian tale, Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds remains a firm favourite to millions around the world, exciting audiences of all ages.

The 2006 debut Arena Tour was considered a cutting edge production with 6 trucks filled to the brim. But in 2022, which marks a momentous 16 years of live touring, the production will be up to 12 trucks, and with it, a host of ingredients and special effects that will challenge and excite the senses even more.

Jeff Wayne

Conductor, Composer, Producer

Born in Forest Hills, New York, Jeff Wayne is an award- winning composer, arranger, conductor and producer for stage, film, TV, records, advertising and interactive projects.

Jeff’s musical interpretation of HG Wells’ ‘The War of The Worlds’ has achieved international acclaim, winning two UK Ivor Novello Awards and the USA’s 'Best Recording in Science Fiction and Fantasy', (judged by Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg). With 16+ million sales, it is also amongst the longest running albums in UK chart history, currently over 330 weeks, and in 2018 was ranked No 32 on the BBC's Favorite and Best-selling UK albums of all time.

Jeff will be returning to his podium in 2022 to conduct the Black Smoke Band and ULLAdubULLA Strings.

Liam Neeson

The Journalist in 3D Holography

Liam Neeson is an internationally recognised actor. He has appeared in over 70 films, including Schindler’s List, Michael Collins, The Grey, Kinsey, the blockbuster Taken trilogy, Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins, Love Actually and Gangs of New York. Over the course of his career, Neeson’s films have grossed over $7 billion worldwide.

Via 3D holography, Liam Neeson will appear full bodied on stage as George Herbert, The Journalist and interact with the show’s live performers. A triumph of technology and a remarkable performance by Liam.

Duncan James

Parson Nathaniel

Duncan James makes his debut as Parson Nathaniel in The Life Begins Again Tour 2022.

With Blue, Duncan has racked up 40 No.1 singles worldwide, three No.1 UK albums and sales of over 16 million records. Duncan has also had an incredible career in musical theatre, starring in West End’s Legally Blonde and Chicago as Billy Flynn, as well as National Tours of Priscilla Queen of the Desert playing Tick and The Rocky Horror Show playing Frank-N-Furter.

TV appearances include becoming a finalist on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, his debut acting role in Plus One for Channel 4 and performing as Ryan in the popular soap Hollyoaks, to only name a few. In 2020 and 2021 Duncan has been the resistant headlines for Proud Cabaret in London’s West End.

Duncan said: "I have always been a fan of Jeff Wayne and to get to work with such a legend is a dream come true, and I am thrilled to work alongside an incredible cast. I honestly cannot wait to be back on the road and performing again."

Claire Richards

Beth, The Parson's Wife

With Steps, Claire has amassed fourteen Top 5 singles (including two Number 1’s), and three multi-platinum albums, amassing 20 million in record sales and seven sold-out arena tours. Claire is a mainstay across our TV screens, including recent appearances on the Graham Norton Show, The One Show, This Morning, BBC Breakfast and more. Claire’s 2019 debut solo album, My Wildest Dreams, hit the UK Top 10.

We're so happy that Claire is joining the cast of Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds as Beth, The Parson's Wife, in our 2022 Arena tour.

Claire said: "I am so thrilled to be joining the cast of Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds for their 2022 Arena tour. To be a part of such an iconic production is so exciting, and I'm really looking forward to getting back out on the road next year.”

Kevin Clifton

The Artilleryman

Strictly and West End star Kevin Clifton will debut as The Artilleryman in Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds 2022.

Kevin has thrilled audiences in the West End and across the UK, starring in 'Singing in the Rain', ‘Rock of Ages' and 'The Wedding Singer’. Now, he’ll be returning to the stage in 2022 for this exciting role.

Kevin is best known as a Pro Dancer on BBC One’s, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ being the only pro dancer to ever dance in four consecutive finals.

Kevin said: “I am unbelievably excited to be joining the cast of Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds. In 2022 this particular story could not be more relevant. After so long without live performance, what better experience could there be than this spectacular arena production complete with a full live onstage orchestra and special effects. 'Life Begins Again!’ "

Anna-Marie Wayne

Carrie, The Journalist's Fiancée

Anna-Marie is thrilled to be an ongoing part of her father's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds playing Carrie, The Journalist's Fiancée.

As well as the live tours, over the last few years she has enjoyed playing Carrie in The Immersive Experience of The War of The Worlds as well as Audible's original musical drama production. Anna-Marie has appeared in countless film, TV and short film productions since she started her professional career at age 13.

Anna-Marie said: “I am so excited to be returning as Carrie, The Journalist’s Fiancée in the 2022 arena tour of Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds. It’s been a long road to get back to this point of opening up live entertainment but life truly does “Begin Again!”

Nathan James

The Voice of Humanity

Nathan James is thrilled to return for his second time as The Voice of Humanity. Nathan, who’s band Inglorious have released five albums, including a UK No.1 rock album and recently released an album of female covers raising money for Women’s Aid, has performed globally including main stage at Download festival.

Nathan’s credits include Thriller Live European tour, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra US Arena tour and he’s recorded and performed with the likes of Ginger Baker, Steve Hackett, Trevor Horne, Steve Vai, Glenn Hughes, Steel Panther, Uli Jon Roth, Geoff Downes and Cynthia Erivo.

Nathan said: “I am so excited to be back touring with Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds as The Voice of humanity. I had so much fun on the last tour and it's a real honour to know Jeff enjoyed my version of "Thunder Child" enough to bring me back again! Last time I couldn't believe my luck and this time is no different. 43 years on and this double album still remains way ahead of it's time and is still bringing so much joy. I can’t wait to perform this wonderful album again, to feel the heat of the pyrotechnics on my epic leather coat and to be back in these incredible venues.”

AND Justin Hayward

The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist

After twelve years, Justin Hayward, the original voice of The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist is back on tour with Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds, 2022.

Having chalked up over fifty years at the peak of the music and entertainment industry, Justin Hayward’s voice has been heard the world over, including on ‘Forever Autumn’ and ‘The Eve of The War’ for Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds which became international hits.

Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for the Moody Blues, his is an enduring talent that has helped to define the times in which he worked. Over the last five decades the band has sold upwards of fifty-five millions albums and received numerous awards. Justin’s career as a songwriter took off with his composition "Fly Me High" for the ‘Moodies’ in 1966, which was followed by the classic songs "Nights in White Satin" & "Tuesday Afternoon" from the album "Days of Future Past". With other great hits "Question" "The Voice" "I Know Your Out There Somewhere" and "Your Wildest Dreams” he continues touring and recording all over the world. In 2018, along with the other members of The Moody Blues, Justin was inducted into the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Justin said: “I’m very happy to be back as part of The War of the World’s family, this time with Jeff’s production ‘The Life Begins Again Tour’, coming to arenas through March and April, 2022.
Wherever I go in the world, ‘Forever Autumn’, along with ‘Nights in White Satin', is one of the songs that people know and love, and as a singer it’s a joy to perform. This production is sure to be spectacular, and the music as wonderful as ever. I’m looking forward to it all very much”.

Jeff Wayne

Conductor, Composer, Producer

Born in Forest Hills, New York, Jeff Wayne is an award- winning composer, arranger, conductor and producer for stage, film, TV, records, advertising and interactive projects.

Jeff’s musical interpretation of HG Wells’ ‘The War of The Worlds’ has achieved international acclaim, winning two UK Ivor Novello Awards and the USA’s 'Best Recording in Science Fiction and Fantasy', (judged by Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg). With 16+ million sales, it is also amongst the longest running albums in UK chart history, currently over 330 weeks, and in 2018 was ranked No 32 on the BBC's Favorite and Best-selling UK albums of all time.

Jeff will be returning to his podium in 2022 to conduct the Black Smoke Band and ULLAdubULLA Strings.

Liam Neeson

The Journalist in 3D Holography

Liam Neeson is an internationally recognised actor. He has appeared in over 70 films, including Schindler’s List, Michael Collins, The Grey, Kinsey, the blockbuster Taken trilogy, Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins, Love Actually and Gangs of New York. Over the course of his career, Neeson’s films have grossed over $7 billion worldwide.

Via 3D holography, Liam Neeson will appear full bodied on stage as George Herbert, The Journalist and interact with the show’s live performers. A triumph of technology and a remarkable performance by Liam.

Duncan James

Parson Nathaniel

Duncan James makes his debut as Parson Nathaniel in The Life Begins Again Tour 2022.

With Blue, Duncan has racked up 40 No.1 singles worldwide, three No.1 UK albums and sales of over 16 million records. Duncan has also had an incredible career in musical theatre, starring in West End’s Legally Blonde and Chicago as Billy Flynn, as well as National Tours of Priscilla Queen of the Desert playing Tick and The Rocky Horror Show playing Frank-N-Furter.

TV appearances include becoming a finalist on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, his debut acting role in Plus One for Channel 4 and performing as Ryan in the popular soap Hollyoaks, to only name a few. In 2020 and 2021 Duncan has been the resistant headlines for Proud Cabaret in London’s West End.

Duncan said: "I have always been a fan of Jeff Wayne and to get to work with such a legend is a dream come true, and I am thrilled to work alongside an incredible cast. I honestly cannot wait to be back on the road and performing again."

Claire Richards

Beth, The Parson's Wife

With Steps, Claire has amassed fourteen Top 5 singles (including two Number 1’s), and three multi-platinum albums, amassing 20 million in record sales and seven sold-out arena tours. Claire is a mainstay across our TV screens, including recent appearances on the Graham Norton Show, The One Show, This Morning, BBC Breakfast and more. Claire’s 2019 debut solo album, My Wildest Dreams, hit the UK Top 10.

We're so happy that Claire is joining the cast of Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds as Beth, The Parson's Wife, in our 2022 Arena tour.

Claire said: "I am so thrilled to be joining the cast of Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds for their 2022 Arena tour. To be a part of such an iconic production is so exciting, and I'm really looking forward to getting back out on the road next year.”

Kevin Clifton

The Artilleryman

Strictly and West End star Kevin Clifton will debut as The Artilleryman in Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds 2022.

Kevin has thrilled audiences in the West End and across the UK, starring in 'Singing in the Rain', ‘Rock of Ages' and 'The Wedding Singer’. Now, he’ll be returning to the stage in 2022 for this exciting role.

Kevin is best known as a Pro Dancer on BBC One’s, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ being the only pro dancer to ever dance in four consecutive finals.

Kevin said: “I am unbelievably excited to be joining the cast of Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds. In 2022 this particular story could not be more relevant. After so long without live performance, what better experience could there be than this spectacular arena production complete with a full live onstage orchestra and special effects. 'Life Begins Again!’ "

Anna-Marie Wayne

Carrie, The Journalist's Fiancée

Anna-Marie is thrilled to be an ongoing part of her father's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds playing Carrie, The Journalist's Fiancée.

As well as the live tours, over the last few years she has enjoyed playing Carrie in The Immersive Experience of The War of The Worlds as well as Audible's original musical drama production. Anna-Marie has appeared in countless film, TV and short film productions since she started her professional career at age 13.

Anna-Marie said: “I am so excited to be returning as Carrie, The Journalist’s Fiancée in the 2022 arena tour of Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds. It’s been a long road to get back to this point of opening up live entertainment but life truly does “Begin Again!”

Nathan James

The Voice of Humanity

Nathan James is thrilled to return for his second time as The Voice of Humanity. Nathan, who’s band Inglorious have released five albums, including a UK No.1 rock album and recently released an album of female covers raising money for Women’s Aid, has performed globally including main stage at Download festival.

Nathan’s credits include Thriller Live European tour, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra US Arena tour and he’s recorded and performed with the likes of Ginger Baker, Steve Hackett, Trevor Horne, Steve Vai, Glenn Hughes, Steel Panther, Uli Jon Roth, Geoff Downes and Cynthia Erivo.

Nathan said: “I am so excited to be back touring with Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds as The Voice of humanity. I had so much fun on the last tour and it's a real honour to know Jeff enjoyed my version of "Thunder Child" enough to bring me back again! Last time I couldn't believe my luck and this time is no different. 43 years on and this double album still remains way ahead of it's time and is still bringing so much joy. I can’t wait to perform this wonderful album again, to feel the heat of the pyrotechnics on my epic leather coat and to be back in these incredible venues.”

AND Justin Hayward

The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist

After twelve years, Justin Hayward, the original voice of The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist is back on tour with Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds, 2022.

Having chalked up over fifty years at the peak of the music and entertainment industry, Justin Hayward’s voice has been heard the world over, including on ‘Forever Autumn’ and ‘The Eve of The War’ for Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds which became international hits.

Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for the Moody Blues, his is an enduring talent that has helped to define the times in which he worked. Over the last five decades the band has sold upwards of fifty-five millions albums and received numerous awards. Justin’s career as a songwriter took off with his composition "Fly Me High" for the ‘Moodies’ in 1966, which was followed by the classic songs "Nights in White Satin" & "Tuesday Afternoon" from the album "Days of Future Past". With other great hits "Question" "The Voice" "I Know Your Out There Somewhere" and "Your Wildest Dreams” he continues touring and recording all over the world. In 2018, along with the other members of The Moody Blues, Justin was inducted into the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Justin said: “I’m very happy to be back as part of The War of the World’s family, this time with Jeff’s production ‘The Life Begins Again Tour’, coming to arenas through March and April, 2022.
Wherever I go in the world, ‘Forever Autumn’, along with ‘Nights in White Satin', is one of the songs that people know and love, and as a singer it’s a joy to perform. This production is sure to be spectacular, and the music as wonderful as ever. I’m looking forward to it all very much”.

ABOUT THE CAST

Featuring:

  • The iconic 3-tonne, 30-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real-flame Heat Rays at the audience.
  • The 8-piece Black Smoke Band and symphonic ULLAdubULLA strings.
  • Leaf drops over the audience.
  • Mixed live in Surround Sound.
  • Giant bridge from the lip of the stage out over the audience.
  • Three panoramic screens featuring 2 hours of cutting edge CGI & Video content.
  • The incineration of a Cast member in full view of the audience.
  • Otherworldly special effects.
  • NEW: The Flaming Man!

PLUS

The War of The Worlds author, HG Wells, appearing in sight and sound

..and much, much more!

Why are we calling this The Life Begins Again Tour?

"It’s certainly a name appropriate for the times we have been living through since the first lockdown in 2020, caused by the pandemic. But ironically, the title comes from a musical phrase in my original 1978 double-album just as Humanity learns that the Martians, with all their superior intelligence, incredible machines and weaponry, hadn’t foreseen one particular thing - the common cold, and the bacteria that caused it. And in a sneeze, they were gone! Now from all over Britain, mankind began returning to their homes. Life was beginning again. By 2014 I decided that original musical phrase should be expanded into a full song, performed by all the characters we have met along the way, and it has appeared in every tour and production since.

HG Wells conceived his story’s ending with Human bacteria defeating the invading alien force. But how could he have possibly known, that over 120 years later, a virus born on Earth, would appear and reap havoc on innocent people of all ages, colour and ethnicities, world-wide. Let us hope, that like HG's Martians, this horrible disease is being truly defeated, as life begins again."

- JEFF WAYNE