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Dominion Theatre

Tottenham Court Road W1P 0AG

The War Of The Worlds

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Show Details
Preview 8th Feb 16
Opens 17th Feb 16
Closes 30th Apr 16
Show Times
Mon - Sat 7.45 pm
Matinée Thur & Sat 3.00 pm

Length of show - TBA

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.


Maybe I was a little harsh on the music but I did an up – it's not my cup of tea. However here is an opportunity for you to judge the musical narration which is actually read from Orwell's book and does a reasonable job of explaining what it is all about.

I don't want to put you off going to see it – you really should. And enjoy.


In Wells broadcast – the famous one that is supposed to have panicked America - he makes a slighting reference to having learned something from the broadcast.  What he was getting at was that there WAS life on other planets etcetera and that we were not, as experts still think, alone in the universe.

He also made a fleeting reference to the reason why the Martians became ill and died instead of further final extermination of the human race. Wells didn't make much of it but then the entire broadcast was spoken in that level unemotional a stiff upper lip English used on BBC news radio until recently. However that is that allegory and the point of the entire novel. Like Sherlock Holmes the most obvious explanation – be it the most unreasonable is probably right.

At this time in human history we have enjoyed nearly a century of making serious incursions into bacterial supremacy with antibiotics – a loose term which covers many toxins and poisons that are licensed to be sold to fight bacteria. Not so long ago there have been a whole communities of people isolated because of infectious diseases - incurable and slowly consuming the 50 trillion walking cells which are estimated to make up one human being. Leprosy has been the disease much spoken of in the Bible as one routinely cured by the miracles of Christ and his disciples. Nowadays we have important sounding names – mostly Latin – for thousands of diseases and there are even more names of chemicals, dubbed as 'medicines' that claim to have an effect on some symptom of the diseases.

The myth that aliens are inevitably more advanced and more intelligent than humans was put to bed by Orson Welles in him showing NO placebo affect present in the so-called 'advanced' Martians who caught a cold and died without survivors. The artificially intelligent chef called  "Chef Watson" has more of a brain than any robot invented except possibly 'Voyager's' holographic doctor. In the main, robots are about as thick and ignorant as the people who programmed them. There is no such thing as artificial intelligence. It is merely dumb mimicking.

Dumb also are corporate pharmaceutical parasites who are the monopolistic culprits of a crime against humanity. In their well known greed for money, they have radically over prescribed antibiotics to the detriment of human health and resistance to bacteria.

The idea of putting music to the War of the Worlds - and calling it a musical – probably arose from  mimicking the popularity of musicals in the West End today. It can't have been an act of intelligence! (LOL) but never mind the music – it could just be your cup of tea. Personally I like some time, harmony and tune to the music I listen to but nowadays the word 'music' is anyone's guess.

The real message of this play is "look closer to home and observe".

Be aware of what is actually happening in society's health and even be a little scared if it helps you with the impetus to make (and get behind) serious changes in diet and thinking patterns.

It is already well known that many scientists are under investigation for fraud in having produced results – and having stood  by their false conclusions – The unthinkable has happened. They've been bribed! .... Yet, knowing that, as well as  they know their own backyard, many very intelligent, well educated people can still believe in climate change ('carbon' taxes - which is what it's all about).  Such is the human craving for leadership and protection, inculcated from multiple millennia past. It can be seen now as programming (see Ed Bernays) and subsequent oppression.

Groping around in the gloaming.

THE STORY (from real life)

We are emerging from 3000 years of Roman invasion, complete with pillage, bloodletting, torture and slavery. To which end we can now see how repulsive the Romans really are - even in the gloom.  They try to convince it was "always thus" but that is the myth of all time.

The sun has finally set on the era of gross ignorance stupidity and greed. The consequences of it are in our faces absolutely everywhere. But as the sun sinks there comes a state called 'gloaming. This is where it's still light enough to see, but you know – that any minute now you're going to have to turn the lights full on to see what's actually HAPPENING.

Ok - ready? THEY ARE ON NOW.

When you watch this play (or) again, try and think through how we men and women are going to avoid   being cast aside on  a human scrapheap.

It takes something like watching this play from start to finish with that in mind, to understand that there is even a need to DO anything at all. Let's hope you even enjoy the music. It must be some sort of a relief to some.

Here's a last-minute thought. You may prefer to read the brief on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Which gives a different take on the same human condition. There's a lot of it around and in fact no need for any of it at all.


  • Jimmy Nail - Parson Nathaniel
  • Daniel Bedingfield - The Artilleryman
  • Heidi Range - Beth
  • Michael Praed - George Herbert
  • Madalena Alberto - Carrie
  • David Essex - The Voice Of Humanity

  • Original Story - H. G. Wells
  • Music - Jeff Wayne
  • Lyrics - Gary Osborne, Paul Vigrass & Jeff Wayne
  • Adaptation - Doreen Wayne
  • Director - Bob Tomson
  • Design -
  • Lighting-
  • Choreography -
  • Costume -
  • Sound -
  • Producer - Bill Kenwright
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