The War of the Worlds 20 May-22 May 143201

Rhum and Clay Theatre Company | In Partnership with Brighton Festival

The War of the Worlds


20 May 2021


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Age Guidance:

Recommended for ages 12+

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Rhum and Clay’s contemporary reimagining of H.G. Wells’ novel and Orson Welles’ legendary science fiction thriller, presented in partnership with Brighton Festival.

“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 tells us and now 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 2016, and the internet has replaced the radio as the medium through which we make sense of the world. We remain just as susceptible …

Inspired by H.G. Wells’ novel and Orson Welles’ classic radio play, this legendary science fiction thriller is playfully reimagined for our era of Fake News and ‘alternative facts’.

Deft and ingenious ★★★★ The Guardian
A smart, engagingly layered show ★★★★ The Stage
Remarkable ★★★★ The Observer

Age Guidance 12+



Contains some strong language, flashing lights and haze

Potentially sensitive content:

Scenes of vaping, Family argument/shouting, Brief references (heard only) to people being killed by aliens, Brief references (heard only) to people committing suicide