A man in partial shadow points outwards and speaks into a microphone

The War of the Worlds

Rhum and Clay
Wednesday 13 October 7:30pm - Saturday 16 October 2021 7:30pm
Need to know

Post Show Talk Thu 14 Oct
Strong Language
Scenes of vaping
Family argument/shouting
Brief references (heard only) to people being killed by aliens and committing suicide

Friday and Saturday's performances will be captioned using the Difference Engine.

There is a Post Show Talk on Thursday 14 October.


1 hour 50 minutes (inc. interval)

Recommended Age:
12+ (mild horror and swearing)

A new, reimagination of the classic radio play. 

No-one would have believed in the early years of the twentieth century that this world was being watched...

But we did believe. 

We believed that Martians landed in New Jersey. We believed a water tower was an alien war machine. We believed a man walked on the moon. We believe everything the internet tells us and now the end of the world is being broadcast live...

There is nothing more alluring than a good story. When Orson Welles adapted The War of the Worlds, he wanted to create a thrilling radio drama that would ‘feel’ real. In fact, it felt so real that it caused hysteria amongst a public just getting used to the outside world invading their living rooms via the radio. Fast forward to 2016, and the internet has replaced the radio as the medium through which we make sense of the world. We remain just as susceptible …

Inspired by H.G. Wells’ sci-fi novel and Orson Welles’ classic radio play, this legendary science fiction thriller is playfully reimagined for our era of Fake News and ‘alternative facts’.

Originally Commissioned By New Diorama Theatre.

Co-produced by Brighton Festival, HOME Manchester, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth and Nuffield Southampton Theatres.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England (insert ACE lottery-funded logo) 

Supported By China Plate, Corn Exchange Newbury, The New Wolsey Theatre and Redbridge Drama Centre.

A smart, engagingly layered show.
The Stage
Deft and ingenious.
The Guardian
A whirling multi-rolling ensemble… just juicy.
4 star review
The Observer
4 star review
The Guardian