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27
2014

**CALLUM O'NEILL as HG WELLS – ALIVE ON STAGE!**

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Jeff Wayne will bring author HG Wells to life on stage for the final arena tour of The War of The Worlds this November and December, using state of the art prosthetics, makeup and spectacular visual effects.





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', projects such as 'Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Event Horizon, Alien III, Star Wars: Episode 1, The Mummy and The Fifth Element amongst others. He was the creator of Lord Voldemort on the Harry Potter movies, created prosthetics for Ralph Fienne's directorial debut 'Corialanus' and was the mastermind behind an army of Zombies in the Brad Pitt blockbuster WWZ. Coulier Creatures FX recreated the horrific burn injuries suffered by Niki Lauda in the Ron Howard movie 'RUSH' and recreated Nelson Mandela for the biopic 'Long Walk To Freedom'.

Published in 1898, the prototype for all science fiction, HG Wells’ novel 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.

When HG Wells began his literary career he had no idea the impact his story would have - both shocking and thrilling the world by exposing the flaws and hypocrisy of Victorian society with his futuristic thinking and alternate views.

His most popular work of all - The War of The Worlds – HG Wells opened a door into the future that took his readers on a unique adventure far away from the social constraints of 19th Century England, while challenging them to question the rights and wrongs of invasion into another man’s land; or whether faith is worth fighting for, even dying for. Wells’ story remains as relevant today, perhaps even more so, as to when he first wrote his dark Victorian tale.

For the final tour, Jeff Wayne believed it important that The War of The Worlds creator was included in the show. Jeff commented;

"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 broader 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 that’s bringing him back!”.



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