Extra date added for War of The Worlds show

Jason Donovan performing at the Flashback Festival at Nostell Priory
Jason Donovan performing at the Flashback Festival at Nostell Priory

An extra show of Jeff Wayne’s musical adaptation of War of The Worlds has been added at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena.

The show, on November 27, has been added due to phenomenal demand for tickets.

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, Joseph Whelan, of X Factor 2013, as The Voice of Humanity, the 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings and the nine-piece Black Smoke Band.

The show, which is mixed live in Surround Sound, features remarkable special effects, including the incredible three-tonne 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real flames into the Arena, a 100 foot wide “animation wall” with two hours of cutting edge CGI, the incineration of a cast member in front of the audience’s eyes, a ground-breaking levitation effect plus the debut of the first new song since Jeff’s original recording was released.

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!”

Adding a new dimension and marking a spectacular finale, HG Wells, the author of The War of The Worlds, will be brought to life, live on stage, 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 said: “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.”

Tickets for Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War of the Worlds at Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on November 27 will go on general sale on Friday October 17 priced £71.50 and £53.35 and will be available online at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk, through the ticket hotline on 0114 256 56 56. Or priced £68.25 and £50.93 if purchased in person from the venue box office.