Stellar cast for The War of the Worlds show heading for Hull

One of the most trailblazing tours of all time, Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War of The Worlds – Alive on Stage returns to arenas next year, with a stellar cast including Strictly Come Dancing’s Kevin Clifton and Blue’s Duncan James.

The spellbinding show hits the stage of Hull’s Bonus Arena on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, and tickets are on sale now for the award-winning musical masterpiece, which will see a three-tonne, 30ft tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real-flame heat rays at the audience, and three panoramic screens featuring over two hours of cutting-edge CGI and video.

Kevin Clifton said: “I am unbelievably excited to be joining the cast of Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds (TWOTW).

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“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!’ “

Strictly star Kevin Clifton will play The Artilleryman in the show, with Blue’s Duncan James appearing as Parson Nathaniel and Steps star Claire Richards as Beth, The Parson’s Wife.

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The musical masterpiece will be performed in Hull next April
The musical masterpiece will be performed in Hull next April

The Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward reprises his original role as The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist while Liam Neeson appears as The Journalist in 3D holography.

Jeff Wayne, who will be conducting the eight-piece Black Smoke Band, said: “Like so many artists whose tours are starting up once again, I’m very privileged to be among them, returning with my Musical Version of The War of The Worlds – Alive on Stage.

“We’ve called this tour The Life Begins Again Tour, a name for the times, but coincidentally, it comes from a theme with the same name first heard in my original 1978 double-album, after the Martians succumbed to one particular minuscule thing – human bacteria that caused the common cold.”

Based on HG Wells’ dark Victorian tale, TWOTW remains a firm favourite to millions around the world.

In 2006, TWOTW tour was considered a cutting-edge production with six trucks filled to the brim.

In 2022, marking a momentous 16 years of touring, the production will be up to 12 trucks, including a host of new ingredients and special effects that will challenge and excite the senses for audiences of all ages, all set to Jeff’s iconic score.

Duncan James said: “I have always been a fan of Jeff Wayne and to get to work with such a legend is a dream come true, and I am thrilled to work alongside an incredible cast. I honestly cannot wait to be back on the road and performing again.”

Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War of The Worlds - Alive on Stage
Cast of Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War of The Worlds – Alive on Stage

Justin Hayward said: “I’m very happy to be back as part of The War of the Worlds family, this time with Jeff’s production ‘The Life Begins Again Tour’, coming to arenas through March and April, 2022.

“Wherever I go in the world, Forever Autumn, along with Nights in White Satin, is one of the songs that people know and love, and as a singer it’s a joy to perform.

“This production is sure to be spectacular, and the music as wonderful as ever.”

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