Jeff Wayne’s musical version of ‘The War of the Worlds’ returns in 2021

One of the most trailblazing arena tours of all time, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds – Alive on Stage returns to arenas throughout the UK in 2021.

Tickets go on general sale on Friday 6th March 2020. An exclusive fan club presale will also take place from 9am on Friday 28th February 2020.

Based on HG Wells’ dark Victorian tale, it remains a firm favourite to millions around the world, exciting audiences of all ages.

In 2006 TWOTW was considered a cutting edge production with six trucks filled to the brim. But in 2021, which marks a momentous 15 years of live touring, the production will be up to 12, and with it, a host of ingredients and special effects that will challenge and excite the senses.

A stellar cast will also be announced in April 2020.


  • Liam Neeson in 3D holography as George Herbert, The Journalist.
  • The iconic 3-tonne, 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real flame Heat Rays at the audience.
  • The 9-piece Black Smoke Band and ULLAdubULLA symphonic string orchestra.
  • Leaf drops over the audience.
  • Mixed live in Surround Sound.

Updated for 2021:

  • Giant arched bridge now runs from the lip of the stage out over the audience to the front of house desk.
  • Three panoramic screens with 2 hours of cutting edge CGI and other content.
  • The incineration of a Cast member in full view of the audience.

New for 2021:

  • Lighting, pyrotechnics… and otherworldly special effects.
  • Ground-breaking levitation effect.
  • Deadly, smothering Black Smoke from the Martian Fighting Machine.

Also included in the line-up is The War of The Worlds author, HG Wells – appearing in sight and sound and more.

Jeff Wayne said ‘for over four decades now I’ve lived out a dream of bringing the true story of HG Wells dark Victorian tale to listeners and audiences from around the world, while pushing technology to the limit both sonically and visually as time has moved on.

In 2019, we launched The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience in Central London, combining, immersive theatre, virtual and augmented realities, holograms and other cutting-edge technology; giving audiences the chance to live through the Martian invasion of 1898.

Now our newest arena production combines these elements within the live performance, for an even unique, emotional and at times, scary experience.’