Alongside the onscreen appearance of Liam Neeson and the onstage appearance of Jeff Wayne and his magnificent Black Smoke Band and ULLAdubULLA string orchestra, casting has now been announced for the world stage premiere of The War of The Worlds at the Dominion Theatre, which runs for a limited season from 8th February 2016.
Making his West End debut, singer-songwriter, actor, musician and writer Jimmy Nail plays Parson Nathaniel.
Also making his debut will be Daniel Bedingfield as The Artilleryman. The New Zealand born, British raised singer-songwriter shot to stardom in 2001. He returns to this country from LA for the first time in many years.
The third cast member to make their West End debut is Heidi Range, playing Beth. Heidi is the longest serving member of the BRIT award-winning, multi-platinum-selling British girl group Sugababes.
Alongside these debutants are two West End regulars: Michael Praed as George Herbert, whose first major appearance was at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in Joseph Papp’s production of The Pirates of Penzance, and who has since regularly starred on Broadway and in the West End; and joining him Madalena Alberto, playing Carrie, fresh from her triumph as Eva Peron in Evita at The Dominion last year.
Finally, as The Voice Of Humanity, and completing possibly the starriest cast the West End has seen, is David Essex. One of the original contributors to Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War of The Worlds in 1978, this will be the first time the two men have joined together to work on The War of The Worlds since.
Since its inception in 1978, Jeff Wayne’s original double album has become one of the most ground-breaking and best-selling musical works of all time. With over 15 million copies sold and 330 weeks in the UK Album Charts to date, a number one album in 11 countries, a number one music DVD, eight years of world-wide arena tours, and huge critical acclaim across the globe, the score includes the two international hit singles The Eve of The War and Forever Autumn.
Reimagined for its world stage premiere, the iconic score is played live and conducted on stage by Jeff Wayne. The show includes new music composed especially for the West End production, and a full supporting company of performers. In addition to video walls, special effects and in sight and sound Liam Neeson as The Journalist, the iconic Martian Fighting Machine will be brought to spectacular theatrical life for the first time.
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