Carrie Hope Fletcher, Adam Garcia and Jason Donovan
Carrie Hope Fletcher, Adam Garcia and Jason Donovan
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Casting has been announced for Jeff Wayne's musical version of The War of the Worlds, which will embark on a UK tour next year.

The production, which features an appearance by Liam Neeson via holography, will star Jason Donovan in the role of Parson Nathaniel, alongside Carrie Hope Fletcher as Beth, his wife.

Adam Garcia will debut as The Artilleryman, Newton Faulkner will perform The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist, Nathan James will play The Voice of Humanity, and Anna-Marie Wayne reprises her role as Carrie, The Journalist's Fiancée.

Forty years after Wayne debuted the original concept album (which went on to win two Novello Awards), the show will open in Glasgow in November 2018, before embarking on a UK tour across the month of December.

Wayne will conduct the piece, which features the Black Smoke Band as well as the 36-piece ULLAdubULLA strings ensemble. The experience will also feature a giant 35-foot tall martian robot, armed with dual fire cannons, alongside a giant 100-foot wide CGI wall.

The show toured the UK in 2014 before playing the Dominion Theatre in February 2016.

War of the Worlds runs at Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena on 30 November, before touring to Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bournemouth, London's O2 and Brighton.

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