Musical Version of ‘The War of The Worlds’ returns to Leeds in 2022

One of the most trailblazing 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 2022, including Leeds Area on April 3rd.

Featuring a stellar cast with Strictly Come Dancing and Stage star Kevin Clifton as The Artilleryman, Blue’s Duncan James as Parson Nathaniel, Steps’ and stage star Claire Richards as Beth, The Parson’s Wife, and returning are Inglorious’ frontman Nathan James as The Voice of Humanity,  and Anna-Marie Wayne as Carrie, The Journalist’s Fiancée, PLUS The Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward reprising his original role as The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist.

Liam Neeson retains his role in 3D holography as The Journalist while Jeff Wayne again conducts the 8-piece Black Smoke Band and symphonic ULLAdubULLA Strings.

Kevin Clifton said:  

“I am unbelievably excited to be joining the cast of Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds. In 2022 this particular story could not be more relevant. After so long without live performance, what better experience could there be than this spectacular arena production complete with a full live onstage orchestra and special effects. ‘Life Begins Again!’ “

Based on HG Wells’ dark Victorian tale, The War of The Worlds remains a firm favourite to millions around the world.  

In 2006, TWOTW tour was considered a cutting-edge production with 6 trucks filled to the brim. In 2022, marking a momentous 16 years of touring, the production will be up to 12 including a host of new ingredients and special effects that will challenge and excite the senses for audiences of all ages, all set to Jeff’s iconic score.


  • The iconic 3-tonne, 30 foot-tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real-flame Heat Rays at the audience.
  • The 8-piece Black Smoke Band and the symphonic ULLAdubULLA Strings. 
  • Leaf drops 
  • Mixed live in Surround Sound.
  • Giant bridge from the lip of the stage out and over the audience.
  • Three panoramic screens featuring over 2-hours of cutting-edge CGI & Video
  • The incineration of a Cast member.
  • In Sight and Sound – Callum O’Neil as ‘The War of The Worlds’ author, HG Wells.
  • The levitation of Beth, Parson Nathaniel’s wife.    


  • The Flaming Man
  • Other-worldly special effects!

Jeff Wayne said: 

“Like so many artists whose tours are starting up once again, I’m very privileged to be amongst them, returning with my Musical Version of The War of The Worlds – Alive on Stage.

We’ve called this tour The Life Begins Again Tour, a name for the times, but coincidentally, it comes from a theme with the same name first heard in my original 1978 double-album, after the Martians succumbed to one particular minuscule thing – Human bacteria that caused the Common Cold.

And in a sneeze, they were gone!

From that moment, people from all over Britain, Mankind began returning to their homes and loved ones –  life WAS beginning again.

Let’s hope that like HG’s Martians, this horrible disease will be permanently defeated, and life will not just begin again, but stay forevermore.

For me, conducting world-class artists and musicians surrounded by some of the most exciting technology imaginable is always pure magic.

And welcome the great talents of Claire Richards, Duncan James, Kevin Clifton, along with returning members, Anna-Marie Wayne and Nathan James plus my friend and the original Sung Thoughts of The Journalist – The Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward.

I hope you’ll join me and all those who make up The Life Begins Again Tour, as we visit UK arenas in March and April 2022.”

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