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Synopsis

“No-one would have believed in the early years of the twentieth century that this world was being watched...” 

But we did believe.

We believed that Martians landed in New Jersey. We believed a water tower was an alien war machine. We believed a man walked on the moon. We believe everything the internet tells us and now the end of the world is being broadcast live...

There is nothing more alluring than a good story. When Orson Welles adapted The War of the Worlds, he wanted to create a thrilling radio drama that would ‘feel’ real. In fact, it felt so real that it caused hysteria amongst a public just getting used to the outside world invading their living rooms via the radio. Fast forward to 2016, and the internet has replaced the radio as the medium through which we make sense of the world. We remain just as susceptible …

Inspired by H.G. Wells’ sci-fi novel and Orson Welles’ classic radio broadcast, this legendary science fiction thriller is playfully reimagined for our era of Fake News and ‘alternative facts’.

“a whirling multi-rolling ensemble… just juicy” WhatsOnStage

“deft and ingenious” The Guardian

“a smart, engagingly layered show” The Stage

**** The Observer ****The Guardian ****The Stage

Credits:

Originally Commissioned By New Diorama Theatre.

Co-produced by Brighton Festival and HOME Manchester. 

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. 

Supported By China Plate, Corn Exchange Newbury, MAST Mayflower Studios, The New Wolsey Theatre and Redbridge Drama Centre.

Running Time

Approximately 115 minutes including a 15 minute interval. 

Age Advice:

12+

Warnings:

Contains some strong language

Potentially sensitive content:

Scenes of vaping

Family argument/shouting,

Brief references (heard only) to people being killed by aliens

Brief references (heard only) to people committing suicide

Standard Pricing
Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm £29.50 £24.50 £19.50 £14.50
Thu 2.30pm £24.50 £24.50 £19.50 £12.50
Discounts
Access Membership Companion seats half price at all performances.

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Accessible Performances

Captioned performance - Thu 3rd July 7:30pm

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2019 Cast - Julian Spooner, Matt Wells, Amalia Vitale, Mona Goodwin

2019 Cast - Julian Spooner, Matt Wells, Amalia Vitale, Mona Goodwin

2019 Cast - Julian Spooner, Mona Goodwin

2019 Cast - Julian Spooner, Mona Goodwin

Mona Goodwin, Julian Spooner, Matt Wells

Mona Goodwin, Julian Spooner, Matt Wells

2019 Cast - Julian Spooner, Amalia Vitale, Mona Goodwin, Matt Wells

2019 Cast - Julian Spooner, Amalia Vitale, Mona Goodwin, Matt Wells

(C) - Captioned

Wed 2 Jun 2021   7.30pm
Thu 3 Jun 2021 2.30pm 7.30pm (C)
Fri 4 Jun 2021   7.30pm
Sat 5 Jun 2021 2.30pm 7.30pm