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'LIFE BEGINS AGAIN'

ARENA TOUR

2022

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The multi-award winning masterpiece

returns to arenas throughout the UK & Amsterdam 2022

Based on HG Wells' dark Victorian tale, Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds remains a firm favourite to millions around the world, exciting audiences of all ages.

The Arena Tour was considered a cutting edge production with six trucks filled to the brim. But in 2022, which marks a momentous 16 years of live touring, the production will be up to 12, and with it, a host of ingredients and special effects that will challenge and excite the senses even more.

Jeff Wayne

Born in Forest Hills, New York, Jeff Wayne is an award- winning composer, arranger, conductor and producer for stage, film, TV, records, advertising and interactive projects.

Jeff’s musical interpretation of HG Wells’ ‘The War of The Worlds’ has achieved international acclaim, winning two UK Ivor Novello Awards and the USA’s 'Best Recording in Science Fiction and Fantasy', (judged by Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg). With 16+ million sales, it is also amongst the longest running albums in UK chart history, currently over 330 weeks, and in 2018 was ranked No 32 on the BBC's Favorite and Best-selling UK albums of all time.

Jeff will be returning to his podium in 2022 to conduct the Black Smoke Band and ULLAdubULLA Strings.

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson is an internationally recognized actor. He has appeared in over 70 films, including Schindler’s List, Michael Collins, The Grey, Kinsey, the blockbuster Taken trilogy, Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins, Love Actually and Gangs of New York. Over the course of his career, Neeson’s films have grossed over $7 billion worldwide.

Via 3D holography, Liam Neeson will appear full bodied on stage as George Herbert, The Journalist and interact with the show’s live performers. A triumph of technology and a remarkable performance by Liam.

Claire Richards

Steps’ and stage star Claire Richards makes her debut as Beth, The Parson’s Wife. With Steps, Claire has amassed fourteen Top 5 singles (including three Number 1’s), and three multi Platinum albums, including 20 million in record sales and seven sold-out arena tours. Claire is often our TV screens, including The One Show, Loose Women, Celebrity Big Brother and Popstar to Operastar, and her 2019 solo album, My Wildest Dreams, hit the UK Top 10.

Claire said: "I am so thrilled to be joining the cast of Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds for their 2022 Arena tour. To be a part of such an iconic production is so exciting, and I'm really looking forward to getting back out on the road next year.”

Kevin Clifton

Strictly and West End star Star Kevin Clifton will debut as The Artilleryman. Kevin has thrilled audiences in the West End and across the UK, starring in ‘Rock of Ages', ‘Dirty Dancing the Musical’ and 'The Wedding Singer’. Now, he’ll be returning to the stage in 2022 for this exciting role. Kevin is best known as a Pro Dancer on BBC One’s, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ being the only pro dancer to ever dance in four consecutive finals.

Kevin said: “I am unbelievably excited to be joining the cast of Jeff Wayne’s The War Of The Worlds. In 2022 this particular story could not be more relevant. After so long without live performance, what better experience could there be than this spectacular arena production complete with a full live onstage orchestra and special effects. 'Life Begins Again!’ "

More cast to be announced soon...

Jeff Wayne

Born in Forest Hills, New York, Jeff Wayne is an award- winning composer, arranger, conductor and producer for stage, film, TV, records, advertising and interactive projects.

Jeff’s musical interpretation of HG Wells’ ‘The War of The Worlds’ has achieved international acclaim, winning two UK Ivor Novello Awards and the USA’s 'Best Recording in Science Fiction and Fantasy', (judged by Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg). With 16+ million sales, it is also amongst the longest running albums in UK chart history, currently over 330 weeks, and in 2018 was ranked No 32 on the BBC's Favorite and Best-selling UK albums of all time.

Jeff will be returning to his podium in 2022 to conduct the Black Smoke Band and ULLAdubULLA Strings.

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson is an internationally recognized actor. He has appeared in over 70 films, including Schindler’s List, Michael Collins, The Grey, Kinsey, the blockbuster Taken trilogy, Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins, Love Actually and Gangs of New York. Over the course of his career, Neeson’s films have grossed over $7 billion worldwide.

Via 3D holography, Liam Neeson will appear full bodied on stage as George Herbert, The Journalist and interact with the show’s live performers. A triumph of technology and a remarkable performance by Liam.

Claire Richards

Steps’ and stage star Claire Richards makes her debut as Beth, The Parson’s Wife. With Steps, Claire has amassed fourteen Top 5 singles (including three Number 1’s), and three multi Platinum albums, including 20 million in record sales and seven sold-out arena tours. Claire is often our TV screens, including The One Show, Loose Women, Celebrity Big Brother and Popstar to Operastar, and her 2019 solo album, My Wildest Dreams, hit the UK Top 10.

Claire said: "I am so thrilled to be joining the cast of Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds for their 2022 Arena tour. To be a part of such an iconic production is so exciting, and I'm really looking forward to getting back out on the road next year.”

Kevin Clifton

Strictly and West End star Star Kevin Clifton will debut as The Artilleryman. Kevin has thrilled audiences in the West End and across the UK, starring in ‘Rock of Ages', ‘Dirty Dancing the Musical’ and 'The Wedding Singer’. Now, he’ll be returning to the stage in 2022 for this exciting role. Kevin is best known as a Pro Dancer on BBC One’s, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ being the only pro dancer to ever dance in four consecutive finals.

Kevin said: “I am unbelievably excited to be joining the cast of Jeff Wayne’s The War Of The Worlds. In 2022 this particular story could not be more relevant. After so long without live performance, what better experience could there be than this spectacular arena production complete with a full live onstage orchestra and special effects. 'Life Begins Again!’ "

More cast to be announced soon...

ABOUT THE CAST

Featuring:

  • The iconic 3-tonne, 30-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real-flame Heat Rays at the audience.
  • The 8-piece Black Smoke Band and symphonic ULLAdubULLA strings.
  • Leaf drops over the audience.
  • Mixed live in Surround Sound.
  • Giant bridge from the lip of the stage out over the audience.
  • Three panoramic screens featuring 2 hours of cutting edge CGI & Video content.
  • The incineration of a Cast member in full view of the audience.
  • Otherworldly special effects.
  • NEW: The Flaming Man!

PLUS

The War of The Worlds author, HG Wells, appearing in sight and sound

..and much, much more!

Why are we calling this The Life Begins Again Tour?

"It’s certainly a name appropriate for the times we have been living through since the first lockdown in 2020, caused by the pandemic. But ironically, the title comes from a musical phrase in my original 1978 double-album just as Humanity learns that the Martians, with all their superior intelligence, incredible machines and weaponry, hadn’t foreseen one particular thing - the common cold, and the bacteria that caused it. And in a sneeze, they were gone! Now from all over Britain, mankind began returning to their homes. Life was beginning again. By 2014 I decided that original musical phrase should be expanded into a full song, performed by all the characters we have met along the way, and it has appeared in every tour and production since.

HG Wells conceived his story’s ending with Human bacteria defeating the invading alien force. But how could he have possibly known, that over 120 years later, a virus born on Earth, would appear and reap havoc on innocent people of all ages, colour and ethnicities, world-wide. Let us hope, that like HG's Martians, this horrible disease is being truly defeated, as life begins again."

- JEFF WAYNE