"Wayne's music is the star here"

"often overblown"
-The Guardian-

"a totally preposterous piece of entertainment"
-Time Out-

Sorry, The War of the Worlds closed on 30 Apr 2016

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About the show

Jeff Wayne’s musical phenomenon, The War of the Worlds, opens at London’s Dominion Theatre in February 2016 following 8 years of critically acclaimed international arena tours. Based on the science fiction novel by H.G. Wells, this spectacular show follows an alien invasion of planet Earth.

Since its release in 1978, Wayne’s concept album The War of the Worlds has become one of the most successful musical recordings ever produced. It sold millions of copies world-wide and won two Ivor Novello Awards as well as the accolade of Best Recording in Science Fiction, awarded by a panel including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Alfred Hitchcock. Based on Wells’ 'The War of the Worlds', which provided the blueprint of all science fiction to follow, Wayne’s musical depicts the devastation of Earth by a superior race of Martians. A husband and wife are separated by war, but will the seemingly invincible attackers keep them apart forever?

Over the years, The War of the Worlds has developed into an extravagant stage experience featuring pyrotechnics, video walls, and animatronics. Reprising his role as The Journalist on the 2012 rerelease of the original album, 'The War of the Worlds: The New Generation', Liam Neeson appears on stage using sophisticated 3D holographic technology. Further casting includes Jimmy Nail (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet) in his West End debut as Parson Nathaniel. Sugababe Heidi Range and popstar Daniel Bedingfield make their own debuts as Beth and The Artilleryman. Additional cast members include Michael Praed (Dynasty) as George Herbert, Madalena Alberto (Evita) as Carrie and David Essex as The Voice of Humanity.

Wayne conducts his progressive symphonic rock score in this production, with lyrics by former Elton John lyricist Gary Osborne.

Who Should See It?

Playing at

Dominion Theatre
268-269 Tottenham Court Road
Seating Plan

Dominion Theatre seating plan

Booking period

8th Feb 2016

29th Jul 2021

30th Apr 2016

Running time