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The War of the Worlds

Playing until 1 Aug 2021

Rose Theatre Kingston

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".
The War of the Worlds at Rose Theatre Kingston

Image courtesy Rose Theatre Kingston

Show details


"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.

Now we've come to believe everything the internet tells us and the end of the world is being broadcast live...

There is nothing more alluring than a good story.

When Orson Welles adapted The War of the Worlds, he wanted to create a thrilling radio drama that would 'feel' real.

In fact, it felt so real that it caused hysteria amongst a public just getting used to the outside world invading their living rooms via the radio.

Fast forward to 2021, and the internet has replaced the radio as the medium through which we make sense of the world.

We remain just as susceptible ...

Background information, advisory warnings

Age suitability: 12+


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Postal address:
24-26 High Street
Kingston KT1 1HL

Box office tel: 020 8174 0090

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Previews from:Wednesday 28 July 2021

Closes:Sunday 1 August 2021

Performance days & times


Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 8‑00pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Saturday - 2-30pm

Sunday - 5-00pm

Running time: 1 hr 30 mins (approx, no interval)


£15 to £30

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Author: Isley Lynn
Movement: Matthew Wells
Production: Rhum & Clay Theatre Company; co-produced by Brighton Festival and HOME Manchester; originally Commissioned by New Diorama Theatre


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