David Essex in The War Of The Worlds at the Dominion Theatre
It’s been a week of casting announcements in the capital, with Catherine Tate announced for the St James Theatre’s Miss Atomic Bomb and names revealed for the Arts Theatre’s NotMoses. Now we turn our attentions to the anticipated production of Jeff Wayne’s The War Of The Worlds, which is set to open at the Dominion Theatre next month, as David Essex becomes The Voice of Humanity.
Daniel Bedingfield has also been announced for the show, taking on the role of the Artilleryman (a part played by Essex on the original 1978 rock album), whilst Jimmy Nail will play Parson Nathaniel. Heidi Range, Madalena Alberto and Michael Praed will also star.
The story of The War Of The Worlds is known to audiences worldwide thanks to the original novel by H.G Wells, the 1950s film version and the 2006 Steven Spielberg adaptation (both of which updated the 19th century London setting to contemporary USA).
However, this musical version takes its cues from the original novel, plus the concept album that was put together by Jeff Wayne in the 1970s, with songs and concepts plucked from the iconic piece of work. It tells of Martian invaders who come to Earth with technologically advanced machines, ready to conquer.
As previously mentioned, this production will have another thing in common with that original album as David Essex is involved, this time playing The Voice of Humanity. The performer is best known as a singer, releasing albums in the charts like 1973’s Rock On or 2013’s Reflections, though he has also appeared in numerous London musicals. His credits included Godspell, Evita and Mutiny, though audiences will also remember him from screen roles in EastEnders and Silver Dream Racer.
Now he will work under the direction of Bob Tomson from Doreen Wayne’s script. The show also boasts Liam Neeson in hologram form as the narrator, which will ensure plenty of interest from film fans as well.
Audiences can catch Jeff Wayne’s The War Of The World’s when it opens at the Dominion Theatre next month.