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The War of the Worlds

15 April, 2020 - 25 April, 2020

★★★★ “Smart take on today's 'fake news' invasion” Michael Billington, The Guardian

    A Nuffield Southampton Theatres co-production with Brighton Festival, HOME Manchester, and New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth. Originally commissioned by New Diorama. Supported by China Plate, Corn Exchange Newbury, The New Wolsey Theatre and Redbridge Drama Centre.

    The War of the Worlds

    15 - 25 Apr at NST City 

    Created by Rhum and Clay and written with Isley Lynn

    Director Hamish McDougall and Julian Spooner

    Designer Bethany Wells

    Recommended ages: 12+

    “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 trolls tell us and now the end of the world is being broadcast live...

    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’.

    Check out the trailer...



    “Smart take on today's 'fake news' invasion”  

    Michael Billington, The Guardian



    “A whirling multi-rolling ensemble...just juicy"

    What’s On Stage


    Post-show Q&A: Wed 22 Apr

    Audio-described/BSL: Sat 25 Apr 2.30pm

    Tickets: £10, £18.50, £25.50, £31.50