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Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds is being streamed online this weekend

The gargantuan stage show heads to YouTube

War of the Worlds
War of the Worlds
The filmed production of Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds will be streamed online from Friday night.

The musical work is based on the classic novel by HG Wells' and Jeff Wayne's iconic double album. The arena tour features a Martian Fighting Machine, firing a real Heat Ray over the audience, while Wayne conducts the ULLAdubULLA Strings and 9-peice Black Smoke Band for the live show. Kerry Ellis, Ricky Wilson, Jason Donovan, Will Stapleton and Marti Pellow star in the musical, which will you can find on YouTube from Friday at 7pm BST, or embedded here

Wayne's double album was first released in 1978, and is now one of the best-selling of all time. A five-hour Audible version of the show has been made which featuring an all-star cast of Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton and Ade Edmondson.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 2021 arena tour of Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds was postponed and will not tour from March 2022.

While free, the channel is asking audiences to make a donation to support the arts during the pandemic. More seasons of content are to be revealed.

The show is part of The Shows Must Go On! series which will be pressing on with productions being released every Friday evening for 48 hours.

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