The long-running, multi award-winning music phenomenon, Jeff Wayne‘s musical version of The War of the Worlds, receives its West End premiere at the Dominion Theatre in the new year.
Since its inception in 1978, Jeff Wayne’s original double album has become one of the most ground-breaking and bestselling musical works of all time – with over 15 million copies sold and 330 weeks in the UK Album Charts to date, a number one album in 11 countries, two international hit singles, a number-one music DVD, eight years of world-wide arena tours, and huge critical acclaim across the globe (and probably the universe!).
Reimagined and brought to spectacular theatrical life for its world stage premiere, this breathtaking new production of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds, produced by Bill Kenwright, will preview at the Dominion Theatre from Monday 8 February 2016 with an opening night gala performance on Wednesday 17 February 2016 at 7pm.
The iconic score is played live and conducted on stage by Jeff Wayne. The show will include new music, star cast, and a full supporting company of performers – as well as video walls, the iconic Martian Fighting Machine, special effects and in 3D holography Liam Neeson as The Journalist.
Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds has also won two prestigious UK Ivor Novello Awards, the US Best Recording in Science Fiction and Fantasy (the judges included Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg), as well as winning for Jeff, Classic Rock’s ‘Showman of The Year’ Award.
HG Wells’ novel, first published in 1898, was the prototype for all science fiction. An international phenomenon, The War of the Worlds describes the invasion of Earth by ruthless Martians with superior intelligence, incredible machines and devastating weaponry. An invading alien race bent on conquering humanity.
Both shocking and thrilling the world by exposing the flaws and hypocrisy of Victorian society with his futuristic thinking and alternate views, Wells unlocked a door into the future that took his readers on a unique adventure far away from the social constraints of 19th Century England.