Monday, 11 March 2013

War of The Worlds (music)

A re-imagining of Jeff Wayne's fantastical War Of The Worlds will be screened at Eastbourne's Cineworld on the 11th of April as a one-night-only special event.

Originally performed in front of a live audience at London's O2 arena in December, The War of the Worlds - Alive On Stage! is a stunning multimedia presentation. A holographic and filmed performance by actor Liam Neeson as George Herbert, The Journalist, is fronted by 45 musicians on stage, conducted by Jeff Wayne himself. Liam Neeson interacts with the live performers who include Jason Donovan, Marti Pellow, Wicked’s Kerry Ellis, Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson and Jett Black’s Will Stapleton.

The first War Of The Worlds was a science-fiction novel by H G Wells, published in 1898, which tells the story of a man trying to find his wife as invading Martians lay waste to Southern England. Jeff Wayne composed a musical version of the story which he released as a double-album in 1978. I learned that it is the 38th best selling album of all time in the UK. Alive On Stage! lasts for 1 hour 40 minutes and includes the hit singles The Eve Of The War and Forever Autumn.

Cineworld, Thu 11th April, 20:00.
Tickets £10 adults, £8 concessions, available online, by calling 0871 200 2000 or in person from the machines in the foyer.