Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds to star Kevin Clifton and Claire Richards

The War Of The Worlds: The Life Begins Again Tour 2022

“I am so thrilled to be joining the cast of Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds for their 2022 Arena tour. To be a part of such an iconic production is so exciting, and I’m really looking forward to getting back out on the road next year.”  –  Claire Richards

Wayne’s Musical Version of ‘The War of The Worlds’ – Alive on Stage! returns to arenas throughout the UK in 2022.

Richards – best known as the lead singer of Steps – makes her debut as Beth, The Parson’s Wife. Clifton – a professional dancer and four-times Strictly Come Dancing finalist – will debut as The Artilleryman.

“After so long without live performance, what better experience could there be than this spectacular arena production complete with a full live onstage orchestra and special effects. ‘Life Begins Again!’ “  –  Kevin Clifton

Wayne’s double album of The War of The Worlds was originally released by CBS Records in 1978 featuring Richard Burton, the Moody Blues Justin Hayward, David Essex and Julie Covington, it has enjoyed huge success and critical acclaim across the globe with over 16 million records sold.

It has been Top 10 in 22 countries and Number 1 in 11 of them.

In 2012 the New Generation double album was released and featured an expanded story-line with a new cast including: Liam Neeson, Take That’s Gary Barlow, Joss Stone and Kaiser Chief’s Ricky Wilson..

“HG Wells conceived his story’s ending with Human bacteria defeating the invading alien force. But how could he have possibly known, that over 120 years later, a virus born on Earth, would appear and reap havoc on innocent people of all ages, colour and ethnicities, world-wide. Let us hope, that like HG’s Martians, this horrible disease is being truly defeated, as life will begin again.”  –  Jeff Wayne

The musical version has 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 following the debut arena tour in 2006.

It has now been seen in London’s West End, a chart-topping 5-hour Audible Audiobook featuring Michael Sheen, Taron Edgeton and Theo James, and in 2019 opened at London’s Old Metal Exchange Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience and winning the THEA Award, the ‘Oscar’ of the interactive world. Now Covid compliant, it is re-opening again from May 22.

The 2006 DVD topped the UK Music DVD Charts for 7 consecutive weeks and was seen for a year on Sky Arts TV, and the 2012 DVD also enjoyed great success.


TOUR DATES

MARCH 2022

23 NOTTINGHAM MOTORPOINT ARENA
24 BIRMINGHAM RESORTS WORLD ARENA
26 CARDIFF MOTORPOINT ARENA*
27 BRIGHTON CENTRE
28 BRIGHTON CENTRE
29 BOURNEMOUTH INTERNATIONAL CENTRE
30 BOURNEMOUTH INTERNATIONAL CENTRE

APRIL 2022

01 MANCHESTER AO ARENA
02 GLASGOW THE SSE HYDRO
03 LEEDS FIRST DIRECT ARENA
05 HULL BONUS ARENA
06 LIVERPOOL M&S ARENA
07 NEWCASTLE UTILITA ARENA
09 LONDON THE O2*

*MATINEE & EVENING SHOWS

Tickets on general sale now via www.livenation.co.uk

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