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The War of the Worlds with Shayne Ward, Jason Donovan, Brian McFadden

February News 2014Final casting has been announced for the forthcoming sixth (and final) U.K. arena tour of Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War of the Worlds – Alive on Stage, which commences performances on 27th November 2014 at Dublin’s O2 Arena.

The tour then moves on to Liverpool, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Birmingham, Leeds, Cardiff, Bournemouth, London (O2 Arena), Brighton and Amsterdam.

Shayne Ward, who made his West End musical debut in Rock of Ages, will star as the Artilleryman, joining another “X Factor” star, Joseph Whelan, as the Voice of Humanity. Westlife’s Brian McFadden will be The Sung Thoughts of the Journalist with Jason Donovan as Parson Nathaniel and Carrie Hope Fletcher as Beth, Parson Nathaniel’s wife. Liam Neeson will appear in a 3D hologram performance as The Journalist.

The nine-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings will be conducted by Jeff Wayne. In a press statement, Wayne commented, “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 U.K. 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.

For full tour dates and to book tickets, visit

Follow on Twitter @twotwofficial

Read our interview with Shayne ward when he was in Rock of Ages

Friday 28th February 2014


  • Neil Cheesman

    First becoming involved in an online theatre business in 2005 and launching londontheatre1.com in September 2013. Neil writes reviews and news articles, and has interviewed over 150 actors and actresses from the West End, Broadway, film, television, and theatre. Follow Neil on Twitter @LondonTheatre1

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