Tuesday, November 23

Jason Donovan, Rhydian and Liz McClarnon starring of The War of the Worlds Arena Tour

Jason Donovan, Atomic Kitten’s Liz McClarnon and X Factor’s Rhydian Roberts are about to embark on an arena tour of Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds.

They have been rehearsing in West London for the show which opens in Amsterdam tomorrow before going on an extensive tour of 14 UK dates (including London’s 02 Arena on 12th December) ending at Wembley Arena on 18th December.

Rhydian’s trademark platinum blonde locks are now dark brown while he plays the part of Parson Nathaniel with Liz McClarnon playing his wife and Jason Donovan as The Artilleryman.

The novel was written in 1898 and describes the experiences of someone who travels through the suburbs of London as earth is invaded by Martians.  It was the earliest story of a conflict between man and aliens and caused widespread panic when it was first broadcast on the radio as it was so realistic that people thought it was really happening.

Steven Spielberg directed the 2005 film which starred Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning and Tim Robbins.

Jeff Wayne’s touring version includes special effects of an 11’ high 3D floating hologram of Richard Burton (journalist George Herbert) as well as a three tonne, 35’ Martian Fighting Machine which fires flame heat rays at the audience.  So don’t sit too near the front!

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