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

Rhum & Clay

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"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 believed everything the internet trolls told us…

Inspired by H.G. Wells’ sci-fi novel and Orson Welles’ radio adaptation, The War of the Worlds wrestles with the boundaries of truth in a thrilling broadcast of the end of the world.

Originally Commissioned By New Diorama Theatre.

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

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

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    Following official government advice to minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) we regret to announce that all upcoming performances of this show have been cancelled. 

    Customers who have tickets for this performance will automatically receive an email or letter from us offering to change your tickets for another event later in the year, issue you with a credit note or you can choose to have a full refund.

    Behind The Scenes


    Orson Wells talks about Rhum & Clay's The War Of The Worlds

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    The War Of The Worlds - Production Images


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