Inglorious singer Nathan James will star in the upcoming arena tour for Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of ‘The War of the Worlds’ – Alive on Stage.
Nathan will play The Voice of Humanity in the 40th anniversary celebration tour, which takes in shows this November and December.
“I am beyond excited to be part of the 40th anniversary production of The War of The worlds,” says Nathan. “I can't wait to stand on stage in these incredible venues and perform this wonderful music alongside such a hugely talented cast.
“I'm so thankful that Jeff has picked me to sing 'Thunder Child' - a song I have loved since I was a kid. I remember hearing those opening chords for the first time and to get to hear them from backstage is going to be a really surreal moment every night. This is a proper dream job.”
THIS HAS BEEN SOOOO HARD TO KEEP SECRET HAHA! CANNOT WAIT TO SING THUNDERCHILD EVERY NIGHT!!!! https://t.co/MjtYaq8Lx9— Nathan James (@TheNathanJames) February 9, 2018
Also in the cast are Jason Donovan as Parson Nathaniel, Carrie Hope Fletcher as his wife Beth and Adam Garcia as The Artilleryman. British singer–songwriter Newton Faulkner will perform The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist. Hollywood star Liam Neeson also retains his role in 3D holography as The Journalist.
Conducted by Jeff Wayne, the composer will be joined by the nine-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings as he brings his classic music to life on stage.
Jeff Wayne said: “In June 1978 my original double album was released. I had no idea if it would vanish as quickly as one can say... “ULLAdubULLA!”
“But here we are today, celebrating its 40th Anniversary and seeing the newly re-mastered original double album sitting on top of the UK vinyl album charts.
“And later this year I believe we'll be performing the most exciting arena tour to date, with a most exciting cast, all of us getting ready to do battle with the Martians later this year. No one would have believed...”
Built around a huge arched bridge running through the centre of the arena brings the action closer to the audience for a most captivating and immersive experience. The production, mixed live in Surround Sound, will feature:
- The iconic 3-tonne, 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real flame Heat Rays at the audience.
- A 100-foot wide 'Animation Wall' with 2 hours of cutting edge CGI.
- A ground-breaking levitation effect.
- The incineration of a cast member in full view of the audience.
- Leaf drops over the audience.
Tickets are on sale from Planet Rock Tickets now.
The full list of tour dates are as follows:
Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena – Fri 30th
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena – Sat 1st
Manchester Arena – Sun 2nd
Leeds First Direct Arena – Tue 4th
Liverpool Echo Arena – Wed 5th
Nottingham Motorpoint Arena – Fri 7th
Birmingham Genting Arena – Sat 8th
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena – Sun 9th
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena – Mon 10th
Bournemouth BIC Windsor Hall – Thu 13th
London The O2 (Matinee Show) – Sat 15th
London The O2 – Sat 15th
Brighton Centre – Sun 16th
Brighton Centre – Mon 17th