Jeff Wayne’s The War Of The Worlds at the Dominion Theatre
The Dominion Theatre is currently the home of Elf The Musical, the adaptation of the Will Ferrell film of the same name, and that continues over the Christmas period and into the New Year. But now it has been announced that, come February, the venue will remain the home of well known adaptations as Jeff Wayne’s musical The War Of The World opens.
This will be the first time that Wayne’s well known version of H. G. Wells classic sci-fi will be seen in the West End. It takes the original story of marauding Martians and adds a musical twist to the events, expanding on the 1978 concept album and live orchestra tours and bringing a familiar tale to the stage.
That tale takes us to the London of the 19th century and it here that we witness an invasion of Martians, who have been planning on conquering humanity for some time. Using their advanced machinery they manage to bring the world to its knees.
The original novel was published in 1898 and Wayne’s album was released in 1978, becoming a favourite with audiences around the world. As well as the albums, touring versions have also landed at venues nationwide where audience have heard the music performed live. Now a cast has been assembled to turn it into a stage musical, though it retains one part of the previous touring version – a holographic Liam Neeson as the narrator.
Jeff Wayne is probably best known for his work on The War Of The Worlds, which also includes a video game alongside the album and tours, though his career has also included other productions and television work. In terms of musical theatre he has put pen to paper on music for Two Cities at the Palace Theatre in the 1960s and in terms of film his credits include Golden Rendezvous, The Knowledge and Spartacus.
Bob Tomson directs Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War Of The World, with lyrics by Gary Osbourne and Paul Vigrass, a script by Doreen Wayne and music by Jeff Wayne. It runs at the Dominion Theatre from Wednesday 17th February 2016 (previews from Monday 8th February 2016).