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Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds

6 April 2022

Wotw 2022 Main






BLUE'S DUNCAN JAMES as Parson Nathaniel

STEPS' CLAIRE RICHARDS as Beth, The Parson's Wife

INGLORIOUS' NATHAN JAMES as The Voice of Humanity

ANNA MARIE WAYNE as Carrie, The Journalist’s Fiancée

AND THE MOODY BLUES’ JUSTIN HAYWARD as The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist


LIAM NEESON as The Journalist in 3D Holography


Composer JEFF WAYNE Conducting


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.

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’ front man 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 conductsthe 8-piece Black Smoke Band and symphonic ULLAdubULLA Strings.

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 includinga 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!




Claire Richards said: "I am so thrilled to be joining the cast of Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds for their 2022 Arena tour. To be a part of such an iconic production is so exciting, and I'm really looking forward to getting back out on the road next year.”

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!’ "

Duncan James said:   “I have always been a fan of Jeff Wayne and to get to work with such a legend is a dream come true, and I am thrilled to work alongside an incredible cast. I honestly cannot wait to be back on the road and performing again.”

Justin Hayward said: “I’m very happy to be back as part of The War of the World’s family, this time with Jeff’s production ‘The Life Begins Again Tour’, coming to arenas through March and April, 2022.

Wherever I go in the world, ‘Forever Autumn’, along with ‘Nights in White Satin', is one of the songs that people know and love, and as a singer it’s a joy to perform. This production is sure to be spectacular, and the music as wonderful as ever.  I’m looking forward to it all very much”

Nathan James said: “I am so excited to be back touring with Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds as The Voice of Humanity. I had so much fun on the last tour and it's a real honour to know Jeff enjoyed my version of "Thunder Child '' enough to bring me back again! Last time I couldn't believe my luck and this time is no different. 43 years on and this double album still remains way ahead of its time and is still bringing so much joy. I can’t wait to perform this wonderful album again, to feel the heat of the Pyrotechnics on my epic leather coat and to be back in these incredible venues.”

Anna-Marie Wayne said: "I am so excited to be returning as Carrie, The Journalist’s Fiancée in the 2022 arena tour of Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds. It’s been a long road to get back to this point of opening up live entertainment but life truly does “Begin Again!”

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.”

Set Reminder


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    VIP Suite Package
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    SOLD OUT Liverpool Gin Lounge - £125 per person (includes premium ticket, exclusive Lounge seat, welcome drink, shared deli board)

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Most Liverpool city centre bound buses will call at either Queen Square bus station (a 15-minute walk) or Liverpool ONE Bus Station, which is only a five minute walk to M&S Bank Arena.

The CityLink Route C4 bus links Queen Square bus station, James Street rail station and Liverpool ONE Bus Station to the venue. CityLink Route C4 operates every 20 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays, between 7am – 8pm, with a maximum fare of £1 per journey. Merseytravel prepaid tickets, National Concessionary bus passes and Arriva day tickets are all valid on this service.

For up-to-date information on all bus, train and ferry services, call Traveline Merseyside on 0871 200 22 33, open 8am – 8pm, 364 days a year or visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk

For all car journeys it's best to follow the white on brown tourist route signs for the Waterfront. These signs are visible on the major routes into the city. M&S Bank Arena is situated on the Kings Dock directly adjacent to the south side of the Albert Dock. Upon arrival, the Kings Dock entrance is clearly sign posted. 

From the North...

Leave the M6 at junction 26 and follow signs for M58 Liverpool. Follow to end of M58 and then take signs for A59 Liverpool. Continue to follow Liverpool City Centre until picking up signs for the Waterfront.

From the South...

Leave the M6 at junction 21A and take the M62 to Liverpool. At the end of the M62 follow signs for Liverpool City Centre along Edge Lane, picking up and following signs for Waterfront. 

From the south...

Virgin Trains operates hourly, direct services from London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street (with a journey time of just over two hours). Other long-distance rail services also operate into Liverpool Lime Street station.

M&S Bank Arena is a 20-minute walk from Lime Street or a short taxi ride. You can also transfer at Lime Street onto the underground Wirral Line trains to James Street station (10 minute walk) or catch the CityLink Route C4 (7am – 8pm) directly to the venue. If travelling from outside Merseyside, you can catch an underground train to James Street station from Lime Street station, inclusive of the cost of your ticket.

Flying into Liverpool John Lennon Airport...

A taxi from the airport to the city centre will take approximately 20 minutes or the express bus service Route 500 will take approximately 25 minutes, dropping you off within a five minute walk of M&S Bank Arena, while Manchester’s international airport is just 45 minutes away by car.

Accessible Bookings

To book accessible tickets please call our box office on 0344 8000 400 on the day that the event goes on sale - this applies to both presale and general sale. 

Our contact centre is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

We want our customers to have confidence in booking tickets to attend events at the M&S Bank Arena. This includes refunds on tickets for cancelled or rescheduled events and implementing Covid-secure venue measures. More information


This is a full arena seated event. This is a standard seating layout for M&S Bank Arena for guidance only, as each event layout is unique, so please refer to the individual plan provided when booking your tickets online as the actual layout may differ from this image.  

Full Arena Seated End Stage

You can find more venue layout plans here.

Our new on-site temporary multi-deck car park is now open. There is plenty of parking nearby too, more information on driving to the venue and parking can be found here.