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Ricky Wilson and Kerry Ellis join cast of The War of the Worlds

1st March 2012 Print
The New Generation

Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds – The New Generation is proud to announce two exciting new Guest Artistes for the 2012 Tour.

Ricky Wilson, fresh from a world tour with the Kaiser Chiefs will take on his first EVER performance role as The Artilleryman originally played by David Essex on Jeff Wayne’s classic recording. It is a new challenge for the rock star who grew up listening to Jeff’s album.

Sharing the stage, as Beth, is one of the most in demand talents in modern musical theatre - Kerry Ellis. Having received huge acclaim for her roles in West End hits Wicked and We Will Rock You, Kerry is described as the new “First Lady of the West End.” AND last week, she won a What’s On Stage Award for Best Solo performance for her Anthems project and has also recently released her debut album with Queen legend, Brian May.

They will be joining one of the world’s finest actors, Liam Neeson, as The Journalist, taking up the ‘baton’ previously occupied by the late Richard Burton.  Liam’s 3D holograhic performance will be seen in three separate ways, including as the world’s first full body hologram, interacting with live performers on stage.

The remaining Guest Artistes will be revealed in the coming months.

One of the most successful stage shows of recent times, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds - Alive on Stage! returns to UK and European Arenas  after  for the fifth time since 2006. It is a watershed year for the production – this is The New Generation, with a new of cast, new interpretation of the score and a ground-breaking new production.

Kerry Ellis says "The moment I got the call from Jeff Wayne I started to get excited about the prospect of joining the cast of 'The War of The Worlds'. Growing up I remember listening to the iconic sound track on cassette (yes cassette!) and loving the musical story. Now I get the chance to play Beth and be part of the newly adapted show which is a dream"

Composer/Producer, Jeff Wayne, who will again conduct the production, says: “Over the years, I’ve been so fortunate to have had the participation of some truly great artists. For me, the real bonus is that I’ve always been a true fan of those who I’ve approached and when they’ve come on board, to me it’s not been ‘work’, just great fun. Already, Ricky Wilson and Kerry Ellis, the first two guest artists for our New Generation tour fall into that category.  Ricky because of his command on stage with the wonderful Kaiser Chiefs, and Kerry who I saw in the original production of ‘Wicked’ in London’s West End, whose voice and charismatic performance drew the audience to her like a magnet. I welcome them both to The War of the Worlds”

November 2012
Thursday 29 Dublin Dublin Arena
December 2012
Saturday 01 Liverpool Echo Arena
Sunday 02 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Monday 03 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Tuesday 04 Nottingham Capital Fm Arena
Thursday 06 London Wembley Arena
Friday 07 Birmingham Nia
Saturday 08 Manchester Evening News Arena
Sunday 09 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
Monday 10 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Tuesday 11 Glasgow Secc
Thursday 13 Bournemouth Bic
Friday 14 Bournemouth Bic
Saturday 15 London O2 Arena
Sunday 16 Brighton Brighton Centre
Monday 17 Brighton Brighton Centre
Wednesday 19 Rotterdam Ahoy Arena
Saturday 22 Lisbon Pavilho Atlantic Arena

January 2013
Thursday 03 Hamburg Hamburg Arena
Friday 04 Oberhausen Oberhausen Arena
Saturday 05 Berlin 02 World Berlin
Monday 07 Nurnberg Nurnberg Arena
Tuesday 08 Munich Munich Arena
Thursday 10 Gdansk Gdansk Arena
Saturday 12 Helsinki Helsinki Arena

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