The War Of The Worlds: The Final Arena Tour
LG Arena, The NEC
The Nec, Birmingham, England, Birmingham, B40 1NT
With its redevelopment completed in October 2009, the reinvigorated LG Arena is a must stop destination on the European Touring Circuit. The former NEC Arena, which was renamed the LG Arena in 2008 after a sponsorship rights deal with LG Electronics, features brand new seating, hospitality, bars, restaurants and other essential customer facilities as well as improved backstage areas. With a more intimate seating configuration the arena provides an outstanding audience experience and continues the legacy that The NEC Arena began when first opening its doors nearly 30 years ago.
The LG Arena is situated adjacent to Birmingham International Rail Station; if you are coming to a concert or event at the LG Arena then it is just a short walk from the station. Depending on your origin station you can travel directly by train to the LG Arena by alighting at Birmingham International. If your point of origin does not provide a service directly to Birmingham International you will need to travel to Birmingham New Street first and get a connecting train from there.
The LG Arena is situated 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre; its central location ensures it is at the hub of the UK motorway network. Visitors from any direction can travel to The NEC site directly using the following motorways - M1, M5, M6, M6 Toll, M40 and M42. The NEC is signposted on motorways and major roads and is marked on most good maps. If you are travelling by car, we recommend that you allow plenty of time for your journey. If you are using a satellite navigation system please enter the postcode B40 1NT to pinpoint the arena. Please be aware that the Sat Nav system will not direct you into an onsite car park. Please follow the clearly signposted directions once in the vicinity of the venue.
The LG Arena can be reached by a number of local bus services. If you are travelling to the LG Arena from Birmingham city centre there are two route options. The 900 service leaves from Moor Street Interchange and has a daytime frequency of 20 minutes. The 900 will drop you at Birmingham International Interchange with a journey time of approximately 31 minutes. The 38 service leaves from Moor Street Interchange hourly, it has a journey time of approximately one hour. The 38 will drop you off at Birmingham International Station.
The NEC site has numerous car parks that are broadly categorised into North, East, South and West. All in all there are over 20,000 parking spaces on site. On arrival at the NEC, please follow directional signage to the Arena, which will lead you to the nearest available parking area for the event. Typically, for events at the LG Arena, visitors will be parked on the South, East and West car parks. Please note that parking areas are subject to availability and other NEC site activity.
All disabled visitors, attending concerts are advised to call the Dedicated Ticket Line for disabled visitors on 0844 581 0700 when booking tickets. Please inform them at the time of booking if you need a wheelchair space or have any special requirements, so that they can arrange for everything to be ready on your arrival.
An Infrared Hearing System is operational in selected seating areas, which can be linked to visitors' hearing aids. The system can also be used by visitors who do not have a hearing aid. Customers wishing to utilise this system should inform the venue before attending the event.
Assistance dogs are welcome at the venue but it is not recommended to bring them to an event where the noise levels are high.
General Access Info
The NEC site has designated car park spaces for visitors with disabilities.
Doors Open: 6:30PM Starts: 8:00PM
More information about The War Of The Worlds - The Final Arena Tour tickets
Prices include a venue facility fee of 0.70p
Children aged 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult of 18 or older. For standing shows, our recommendation is that children under the age of 14 should not purchase standing tickets and enter the standing floor area, and any children aged 15 or 16 can enter the standing floor area but should be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. JEFF WAYNE'S MUSICAL VERSION
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS
THE FINAL ARENA TOUR!
WESTLIFE'S BRIAN MCFADDEN
JASON DONOVAN &
LES MISERABLES' CARRIE HOPE FLETCHER
FIRST STARS ANNOUNCED
".Dazzling.I felt a shiver of excitement..."
"a veritable feast of live stage and musical brilliance" - Newcastle Evening Chronicle
"Wayne's music has never sounded more commanding" Liverpool Echo
Following a triumphant UK and European arena tour in 2012, Live Nation and SJM Concerts, are delighted to announce that one of the most ground-breaking tours of all time, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds is to return for the sixth and final time in 2014.
The announcement coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Orson Welles iconic radio adaptation, the 35th anniversary of Jeff Wayne's classic multi-platinum album and the 115th anniversary of HG Wells' classic novel.
The show will again feature a stellar cast with Jeff Wayne returning to the Podium to conduct the 9-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings with the final two musical Guest Artistes to be announced.
Liam Neeson's 3D holographic performance as The Journalist will also return but with enhanced technology.
The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist will be performed by Brian McFadden, Jason Donovan is reprising his hugely popular role as Parson Nathaniel and Carrie Hope Fletcher featuring as Beth, Parson Nathaniel's Wife, direct from her current and widely acclaimed West End performance in Les Miserables, as Eponine.
The production will be the sixth UK tour in eight years. Jeff Wayne said: "Bringing The War of The Worlds to life in many of the world's finest arenas has been the most amazing experience for me over the last seven years. We've achieved more than we ever thought was possible both musically and technologically.
However, the time is right to take The War of The Worlds in new directions after the 2014 tour. I am so very appreciative of the fantastic support over the years from so many established fans as well as numerous new ones we've attracted. Thank you all sincerely.
All I can say for the future of TWOTW is - Watch this space!"
Westlife Star Brian McFadden is excited about being involved in the show. He commented:
"I've long been a fan of The War of The Worlds and am so excited to be involved in the tour. It's a true honour to be involved in this electrifying show and to be joining such an exciting cast, including singing the thoughts of The Journalist, who is played by one of my Irish heroes, Liam Neeson. It's also a thrill to be performing the two international Hit Singles "The Eve of The War" and "Forever Autumn". I can't wait for the tour to start - it's going to be incredible!"
Jason Donovan said he was delighted to be reprising his role as Parson Nathaniel having played it last year. He said:
"The War of The Worlds is a classic. This production is on a scale like nothing I have ever done before - the effects are breath-taking both in front and behind the stage! It's also one of the most enjoyable, most exciting and most memorable musical productions of all time. It's a true honour to be returning for the third time, especially as this is the final Arena tour."
Les Miserables star Carrie Hope Fletcher, who also has a significant YouTube following, and whose brother, Tom Fletcher, is McFly's guitarist, said: "I'm delighted to have been cast as Beth, Parson Nathaniel's wife: I genuinely can't wait to get started. My family and I grew up listening to the album and now I'm going to be a part of it. My character levitates and disappears into thin air in full view of the audience, so that's rather exciting too!"
The new live production will once again include:
Liam Neeson's performance in 3D holography sees him as an 11-foot high 'head and shoulders' as The Journalist recounting in 1904 his story of survival from the Martian invasion of Victorian England of six years earlier. However Liam's performance will be seen with new technological advancements.
Liam Neeson will also seen in full body on stage interacting with the show's live performers. A triumph of technology and a remarkable performance by Liam.
A 100-foot wide 'Animation Wall'.
The iconic 3-tonne, 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real flame Heat Rays at the audience and scanning them with its bug-like eyes, as it 'lands' on centre stage.