In the unfathomable darkness of space, an invisible missile starts its journey to Earth from Mars... 

A Northern Stage production

By H.G. Wells

A new adaptation by Laura Lindow

Directed by Elayce Ismail

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In the unfathomable darkness of empty space, an invisible missile starts its journey to Earth from Mars. And another. And another. And another...

Ten missiles fired at the unsuspecting Earth and rushing through the empty gulf of space. Ten missiles carrying an invading force of Martians, their intellects vast, cool and unsympathetic. Hour by hour, day by day, closer and closer the Martians come, ready for war and the massacre of mankind.

The War of the Worlds charts the fortunes of a band of survivors as they become refugees in their own country, forced to flee from an unknown and unprovoked enemy, and battle against the devastation and destruction of their planet. Northern Stage's vivid and dynamic new production relocates H.G. Wells' iconic novel to the North East of England, in a contemporary re-telling of a sci-fi classic.



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Cast and Creatives

Elayce Ismail - Director

Elayce Ismail is a freelance theatre director, the RTYDS Associate Director at Northern Stage and an Associate Artist of Boundless Theatre. She was awarded the JP Morgan Award for Emerging Directors 2014/2015, under which she was Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio. Prior to this, she was a Jerwood Assistant Director at the Young Vic.

Elayce was founder and co-Artistic Director/Producer of Offstage Theatre from 2005-2009 and trained at LISPA. She has directed theatre and opera for companies including the National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Young Vic, Gate, Soho Theatre, Royal Court, The Yard and Deutsches Theater Berlin. She has directed puppetry for companies including Kneehigh and the Unicorn Theatre, and performed with companies including Oily Cart/RSC and Complicite/ENO.

Direction includes: Girls (HighTide/Talawa/Soho Theatre); Spooky Action at a Distance (Royal Court/RWCMD/Gate); The Iphigenia Quartet: Chorus, The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco (Gate); Stay Another Song, Simpatico (Young Vic); Nanjing (The Yard); The Lost Ring (NT/Deutsches Theater Berlin).