War Of The Worlds coming to Sheffield Arena

The War Of The Worlds. Photo: Roy Smiljanic
The War Of The Worlds. Photo: Roy Smiljanic

The Martians are coming! Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the World’s will begin its last UK arena tour at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on November 27, writes Graham Walker.

Conducted by Jeff Wayne, the most ambitious production yet will feature Liam Neeson in 3D holography.

Director Jeff Wayne and actor Liam Neeson

Director Jeff Wayne and actor Liam Neeson

It also stars 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 and X Factor 2013’s Joseph Whelan, as The Voice of Humanity.

Tickets, on sale Friday, October 17, are £53.35 and £71.10. Buy in person, call 0114 256 5656, visit www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk and The Star’s entertainments site at www.wow247.co.uk|www.wow247.co.uk|visit wow247.co.uk}.

The 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings and the 9-piece Black Smoke Band will provide the music.

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, much more!

Shayne Ward. Photo: Mark Kehoe

Shayne Ward. Photo: Mark Kehoe

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 to the final ever arena tour and marking a spectacular finale HG Wells, the author of The War of The Worlds, will be brought back to life in sight and sound !

Jeff Wayne added: “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.

The War Of The Worlds. Photo: Roy Smiljanic

The War Of The Worlds. Photo: Roy Smiljanic

“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.

“While HG may have also authored The Time Machine – it’s TWOTW and modern technology that is bringing him back”.

Jeff Wayne’s double album was originally released by CBS Records in 1978.

The War Of The Worlds. Photo: Roy Smiljanic

The War Of The Worlds. Photo: Roy Smiljanic

t has enjoyed huge success and critical acclaim across the globe with over 15 million records sold and spending over 330 weeks in the UK Album Charts (to date) plus achieving two International hit singles - ‘Forever Autumn’ and ‘The Eve of The War’. It has been Number 1 in 11 countries around the world and Top 10 in 22.

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.

Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds has grown into a true classic, acquiring new generations of devoted followers since its original release.

Tour dates:

November 2014

Thurs 27th - Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, UK

Friday 28th - Liverpool Echo Arena, UK

Saturday 29th - Glasgow Hydro Arena, UK

Sunday 30th - Manchester MEN Arena, UK

December 2014

Tuesday 2nd – Nottingham Arena, UK

Wednesday 3rd - Newcastle Arena, UK

Friday 5th – Birmingham LG Arena, UK

Saturday 6th – Leeds Arena, UK

Sunday 7th – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, UK

Monday 8th - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, UK

Wednesday 10th – Bournemouth BIC, UK

Thursday 11th – Bournemouth BIC, UK

Saturday 13th – London O2 Arena (matinee), UK

Saturday 13th –London O2 Arena (evening), UK

Sunday 14th – Brighton Centre, UK

Monday 15th – Brighton Centre, UK

Tuesday 16th – Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands