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Tour 2014 UK & Europe: Press Release

Official Press Release


Bournemouth BIC Thursday 11th December 2014





In Sight and Sound – Callum O’Neil as HG WELLS

Dazzling...I felt a shiver of excitement

Daily Telegraph

"Simply Epic!"

The Sun

Thoroughly entertaining. Truly Impressive

BBC News

Who could ask for more

BBC News

a veritable feast of live stage and musical brilliance

Newcastle Evening Chronicle

Wayne's music has never sounded more commanding

Liverpool Echo

As preparations for Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The World’s FINAL EVER arena tour start to heat up, yet another extra show has been added to meet phenomenal demand. There will now be a matinee in addition to the evening performance, at Bournemouth BIC on Thursday 11th December 2014. Tickets are on sale now via or at priced from £38.50.

One of the most ground-breaking tours of all time, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds is making its sixth and final tour of UK Arenas.

Conducted by Jeff Wayne, the most ambitious production yet will feature Liam Neeson in 3D holography, 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, X Factor 2013’s, Joseph Whelan, as The Voice of Humanity, the 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings and the 9-piece Black Smoke Band.

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 more!

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!

Jeff Wayne

Adding a new dimension and marking a spectacular finale, HG Wells, the author of The War of The Worlds, will be brought to life being seen and heard in three riveting scenes within the show – aged 33, 53 and 79 – spanning the end of the 19th century and two subsequent World Wars.

HG Wells will be played by Scottish actor Callum O’Neill, who is best known for his role as 'Wee Dingwall' in Disney Pixar's 2012 Summer Blockbuster Brave. In 2013, Callum also played Angus in Jamie Lloyd's Olivier nominated Macbeth, at Trafalgar Studios in London's West End.

To transform Callum into HG Wells, Jeff Wayne and his team have engaged the services of Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy Award winner Mark Coulier, creative director of one of Europe's leading make-up effects companies, Coulier Creatures FX. Mark’s work has included transforming Meryl Streep into Margaret Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady' and creating ‘Lord Voldemort’ on the Harry Potter movies.

Jeff Wayne commented,

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.

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

Jeff Wayne's double album was originally released by CBS Records in 1978. It 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'. The album has also 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.

The tour also coincides with a new 1CD highlights album released by Sony Music on 17th November 2014.In November of 2012, Sony Music released ‘Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds - The New Generation”, a fresh recording of one of the most iconic albums of all time, featuring a new line-up of guest artistes. Jeff Wayne has once more partnered with Sony Music to release a brand new Highlights album, to be released on 17th November, ahead of the 17-date final UK Arena tour of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds - Alive on Stage! The album features Liam Neeson / Gary Barlow / Maverick Sabre /Joss Stone / Alex Clare / Ricky Wilson.

I’m so excited to be taking on the role of the Artilleryman for the amazing tour of Jeff Wayne's classic, The War of The Worlds. So many huge artists have been involved in the show and I am really honoured to be part of this last ever UK arena tour! As I enter a new phase of my career it’s so exciting to be taking on such a huge challenge! The War of the Worlds is truly epic, both musically and in terms of production. The show is mind-blowing on so many levels and I look forward to working with Jeff and the rest of the cast.

Shane Ward

I’ve long been a fan of The War of The Worlds and am so excited to be involved in the tour. It’s a true honour to be involved in this electrifying show and to be joining such an exciting cast, including singing the thoughts of The Journalist, who is played by one of my all-time Irish heroes, Liam Neeson. It’s also a thrill to be performing the two international Hit Singles “The Eve of The War” and “Forever Autumn”. This will be a totally new experience for me which is both terrifying and exhilarating.!

Brian McFadden

The War of The Worlds is a classic. This production is on a scale like nothing I have ever done before – the effects are breath-taking both in front and behind the stage! It’s also one of the most enjoyable, most exciting and most memorable musical productions of all time. It’s a true honour to be returning for the third time, especially as this is the final Arena tour.

Jason Donovan

I’m delighted to have been cast as Beth, Parson Nathaniel’s wife: I genuinely can’t wait to get started. My family and I grew up listening to the album and now I’m going to be a part of it. My character levitates and disappears into thin air in full view of the audience, so that’s rather exciting too!

Carrie Hope Fletcher

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that X Factor would bring me to the attention of the legendary Jeff Wayne! To be cast in Jeff’s classic, The War of The Worlds is totally amazing! And it is particularly special to be part of the final ever arena tour! As a huge fan of The War of the Worlds this is a dream come true for me. Jeff Wayne is an absolute rock legend and it is a true honour to be working alongside him! The production is technologically mind-blowing and this is a completely new experience for me. I’m so excited to be involved. I can’t wait to get on the road!

Joseph Whelan

The new live production will once again include:

  • Liam Neeson's performance in 3D holography sees him as an 11-foot high 'head and shoulders' as The Journalist recounting in 1904 his story of survival from the Martian invasion of Victorian England of six years earlier. However Liam's performance will be seen with new technological advancements.
  • Liam Neeson will also seen in full body on stage interacting with the show's live performers. A triumph of technology and a remarkable performance by Liam.
  • A 100-foot wide 'Animation Wall'.
  • The iconic 3-tonne, 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real flame Heat Rays at the audience and scanning them with its bug-like eyes, as it 'lands' on centre stage.
  • Special effects and illusions including a world first 'levitation' and the Martian Fighting Machine's 'incineration' of a cast member.
  • Leaf drops over the audience and surround sound that engulfs them, contributing to the all-encompassing experience that is The War of The Worlds.

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