PREVIEW: Jeff Wayne’s ‘The War of the Worlds’ to return to Brighton Centre

Graham Robson May 26, 2021

Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War of the WorldsAlive on Stage!, one of the most trailblazing arena tours of all time, is to return to the Brighton Centre next year featuring a star cast, including STEPSClaire Richards, with a matinee performance on Sunday, March 27 and an evening performance on Monday, March 28. To book, CLICK HERE.

Based on HG Wells’ dark Victorian tale, the show remains a firm favourite to millions around the world, exciting audiences of all ages with special effects and music (mixed live in surround sound) to excite the senses, including Liam Neeson in 3D holography as George Herbert, The Journalist; HG Wells appearing in sight and sound; an iconic three-tonne, 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real flame Heat Rays at the audience; nine-piece Black Smoke Band and ULLAdubULLA symphonic string orchestra; and leaf drops over the audience.

For the 2022 show, expect an updated giant arched bridge now running from the lip of the stage out over the audience to the front of house desk; three panoramic screens with two hours of cutting edge CGI and other content; and the incineration of a cast member in full view of the audience!

Claire Richards

But that’s not all – the 2022 show will feature all-new lighting and pyrotechnics, ground-breaking levitation effects and the release of deadly Black Smoke from the Martian Fighting Machine.

Jeff Wayne said: “For over four decades now I’ve lived out a dream of bringing the true story of HG Wells dark Victorian tale to listeners and audiences from around the world, while pushing technology to the limit both sonically and visually as time has moved on. 

“In 2019 we launched The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience in Central London. combining, immersive theatre, virtual and, augmented realities, holograms and other cutting-edge technology; giving audiences the chance to live through the Martian invasion of 1898. 

“Now our newest arena production combines these elements within the live performance medium, for an even more unique, emotional and at times, scary experience.”

To book, CLICK HERE.