Jeff Wayne's The War Of The Worlds at Manchester Arena

The chances of anything coming from Mars were a million to one they said. Good bloody odds them. I bet Ray Winstone would lose his job at half time if anyone had actually popped a quick little bet on that down the bookies.

By Ben Brown | Last updated 8 December 2017

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Of course it’s War of the Worlds – the musical version that is, not the book, or the 1953 movie, or the Spielberg one from 2005. The musical. The one which my mam had as a vinyl when I was growing up and it used to scare the living shit out of me because of that bloke’s voiceover.

My mam also loves the 1953 movie, and in typical 50’s B-movie fashion – it’s ridiculous. Ridiculous but brilliant. The only failing is that they all end up in a church at the end and the Martians die just as they’re about to blow them all to smithereens. God comes to the rescue. Convenient.

The 2005 movie with Tom Cruise I think, personally is bloody brilliant. Cruise is excellent as always and the bit when the Martians attack and it all goes to shit is proper scary. Especially the bit where they do over the boats and everyone drowns.

The stage version features all the tunes from Jeff Wayne’s musical includes all the hits, as well as a massive Martian, video and actors. I’ve also just Googled the voice over and it’s Richard Burton who did the voice over on the vinyl. Not that scary anymore knowing that he was probably pissed off his face sitting in a pub in Rhyl when he recorded it.

War of the Worlds is coming to Manchester on Sunday 2nd December 2018 at the Manchester Arena.

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