The War of the Worlds at Dominion Theatre tickets
The War of the Worlds at Dominion Theatre tickets

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Overview

Jeff Wayne’s ground-breaking musical phenomenon The War of the Worlds flies into London’s Dominion Theatre, following years of successful international tours. Originally released as a 1978 concept album that has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and has received two Ivor Novello Awards, The War of the Worlds has been spectacularly reimagined for the stage.

Based on H. G. Wells’ celebrated 1898 sci-fi novel, which has been adapted for the stage by Doreen Wayne, The War of the Worlds sees an alien invasion spread across the country, causing mass destruction. A journalist travels through an obliterated and abandoned London in hope of finding his girlfriend, all the while attempting to hide from the cruel Martians who roam the city. Determined to conquer the human race with their fearsome superior weaponry, it seems that the Martians are entirely invincible.

This breath-taking new production features a 3D hologram of Liam Neeson as the Journalist, whilst onstage actors include Jimmy Nail (Evita and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet) in his West End debut as Parson Nathaniel. Singers Daniel Bedingfield and Heidi Range also appear on the West End for the first time as The Artilleryman and Beth, alongside Michael Praed, Madalena Alberto and David Essex as The Voice of Humanity.

The War of the Worlds has developed into an extravagant theatrical experience that features sophisticated pyrotechnics, video walls and animatronics, as well as a 22 piece orchestra live onstage. Jeff Wayne conducts onstage and has provided some new music for the stage production, with lyrics in collaboration with Gary Osborne and Paul Vigrass, however the memorable, essential progressive symphonic rock score remains. Produced by Bill Kenwright and directed by Bob Tomson, The War of the Worlds promises to be just as thrilling and exhilarating as it was when first published.

Recommended for

Sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy this thrilling spectacle, which uses the hugely famous The War of the Worlds soundtrack.

Age Recommendations: 8+

Dates and times

Running time: TBC
Opened: 08 Feb 2016
Press night: 17 May 2016
Booking from: 30 Apr 2016
Booking until: 30 Apr 2016

Location and map

Dominion Theatre
268-269 Tottenham Court Road
London, W1T 7AQ

50 Reviews Add review

The music is the most important element of this show which was flawlessly played by the rock band on one side of the stage ably co... More

moley 5' 6'', 98 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The music is the most important element of this show which was flawlessly played by the rock band on one side of the stage ably complemented by the female string orchestra on the other. The cast and chorus were strong with their singing but were too often drowned out by the musicians. I applaud the stamina of the chorus who had to dance throughout the show often with long and exhausting choreography (e.g. the red plants). There were some wonderful and amazing stage effects and it was obvious that a lot of thought and effort had been put into the show. My main criticism was that the space was too small for this show as the musicians took up half of the stage leaving not enough room for the actors to perform comfortably. The martian space ships were a little underwhelming in that again the stage was too small for them to have the impact that they should have had. I also felt that not all the actors received their rightful credits at the curtain call as Michael Praed who had the most to do in the show was third in line out of the six "named" actors to take his bow whilst David Essex who had star billing had the smallest part in the show and received the most applause! I might also add that on this night David Bedingfield was off sick and his understudy Simon Shorten did a magnificent job in his place and easily outshone Mr Essex.

moley 5' 6'', 98 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The show was brilliant! The critics have been slating the show and the new added elements (no spoilers, don't worry!) perfect for ... More

jadeprince 5"4, 94 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was brilliant! The critics have been slating the show and the new added elements (no spoilers, don't worry!) perfect for the size of the theatre, however occasionally the vocals were hard to hear due to the orchestra and one or two actors struggled hitting the high notes but apart from that it was a great show and brilliant to see Jeff Wayne conducting it on stage! Definitely a must see!!!

jadeprince 5"4, 94 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This show made me laugh, although it probably wash't meant to, so that is why I have given it four stars as overall I did have a v... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 141 reviews, 8 helpful votes

This show made me laugh, although it probably wash't meant to, so that is why I have given it four stars as overall I did have a very entertaining time watching the show, It just wasn't particularly well produced. The music was outstanding, to hear and see such a massive orchestra/band live on stage was amazing and I really appreciated it. I laughed because some parts were odd and bizarre and didn't seem to fit but I don't want to say too much as I don't want to spoil it for anyone but I am really glad I saw the show. Rather frustrating that David Essex who had very little time on stage got the biggest applause at the curtain call, through favouritism rather than his efforts in the show I guess!

Charmainf 5ft 4", 141 reviews, 8 helpful votes

The interpretation of the music and theatrical atmosphere of Jeff Wayne's War of the World, and having him present on stage comple... More

dawnswallow 1 review, 0 helpful votes

The interpretation of the music and theatrical atmosphere of Jeff Wayne's War of the World, and having him present on stage complete with the orchestra is simply amazing. It doesn't take away from the show by having the orchestra on the stage at the same time, in fact, it really makes the show unique. And nots including the cast... Quite simply a must see!!

dawnswallow 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Really enjoyed the matinee performance of War of the Worlds. Daniel Bedingfield and Jimmy Nail were revelations with their excelle... More

pward 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Really enjoyed the matinee performance of War of the Worlds. Daniel Bedingfield and Jimmy Nail were revelations with their excellent voices. David Essex certainly didn't disappoint. It would have benefited with more people on stage, though having Jeff Wayne conducting his music on stage was a super idea. .Very clever screens with the narration of the story by Liam Nieson...and filmed swatches of the machines in action...all cleverly done. Well worth going.

pward 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Second visit to see War of the Worlds, enjoyed the first so much when I saw cheap tickets I decided to go again.

christopherkeetch 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Second visit to see War of the Worlds, enjoyed the first so much when I saw cheap tickets I decided to go again.

christopherkeetch 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The stage and visual effects for 'The War of the Worlds' were stunning but I've personally never been a big fan of this show. The ... More

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 1 helpful vote

The stage and visual effects for 'The War of the Worlds' were stunning but I've personally never been a big fan of this show. The style of music to be honest gave me a bit of a headache but the set/props/machinery on stage was very impressive.

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This show was fantastic! Great music and production.

alisonreneti 5'3, 48 reviews, 3 helpful votes

This show was fantastic! Great music and production.

alisonreneti 5'3, 48 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Brought to keys last minute from Leicester square ticket office. Didn't have a clue what it was about or what to expect. But saw a... More

ritchiej19 5"3', 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Brought to keys last minute from Leicester square ticket office. Didn't have a clue what it was about or what to expect. But saw a matinee show earlier that day and got the buzz for it so we brought tickets for this straight after a very quick meal. Thoroughly entertained throughout. Some famous old faces in the cast. Me and my wife both enjoyed the show. Still didn't know what was happening at times but it was fun, lol!

ritchiej19 5"3', 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes