Jeff Wayne Announces Final Arena Tour Next Winter 2014 Of The War Of The Worlds

Jeff Wayne Announces Final Arena Tour Next Winter 2014 Of The War Of The Worlds

Following a triumphant UK and European arena tour in 2012, Live Nation and SJM Concerts, are delighted to announce that one of the most ground-breaking tours of all time, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds is to return for the sixth and final time in 2014.  
Tickets go on sale on Friday 22nd November 2013 at 9am priced from 38.50
The announcement coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Orson Welles iconic radio adaptation, the 35th anniversary of Jeff Wayne's classic multi-platinum album and the 115th anniversary of HG Wells' classic novel.
The show will again feature a stellar cast with Jeff Wayne returning to the Podium to conduct the 9-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-pieceULLAdubULLA Strings with the final two musical Guest Artistes to be announced.
Liam Neeson's 3D holographic performance as The Journalist will also return but with enhanced technology.
The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist will be performed by Brian McFadden, Jason Donovan is reprising his hugely popular role as Parson Nathaniel and Carrie Hope Fletcher featuring as Beth, Parson Nathaniel's Wife, direct from her current and widely acclaimed West End performance in Les Miserables, as Eponine.

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 be 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.

The tour announcement follows the DVD and Blu-ray released on Monday 25 November 2013 of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds, The New Generation.  Filmed at a sold-out London O2 Arena, it features Liam Neeson as George Herbert The Journalist in 3D holography andan all-star cast including Marti Pellow as The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist, Jason Donovan as Parson Nathaniel, Wicked's Kerry Ellis as his wife Beth, Kaiser Chiefs' front-man Ricky Wilson as The Artilleryman and Jettblack's Will Stapleton.

Jeff Wayne's double album was originally released by CBS Records in 1978. It has enjoyed huge success and critical acclaim across the globe withover 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'. It has 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.

Tour dates:
November 2014
Thurs 27th - Dublin O2 Arena, Eire
Friday 28th - Liverpool Echo Arena, UK
Saturday 29th - Glasgow Hydro Arena, UK
Sunday 30th - Manchester MEN Arena, UK
December 2014
Tuesday 2nd - Nottingham Arena, UK
Wednesday 3rd - Newcastle Arena, UK
Friday 5th - Birmingham LG Arena, UK
Saturday 6th - Leeds Arena, UK
Sunday 7th - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, UK
Wednesday 10th - Bournemouth BIC, UK
Saturday 13th - London O2 Arena (matinee), UK
Saturday 13th -London O2 Arena (evening), UK
Sunday 14th - Brighton Centre, UK
Tuesday 16th - Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands