The War Of The Worlds: The Final Arena Tour
Liverpool Echo Arena
Liverpool Echo Arena, Arena And Convention Centre, 16 Monarchs Quay, Liverpool, L3 4FP
Approx. capacity: 11000
The Echo Arena stands at the heart of the development of Kings Waterfront, an iconic cultural legacy of Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture in 2008. The award-winning facilities sit alongside the Grade I listed Albert Dock complex and World Heritage Site on the eastern bank of the river Mersey, in the heart of Liverpool city centre. The 11,000 seat Echo Arena is joined to the BT Convention Centre by a central Galleria, making it unique as the only arena and convention centre under one roof in Europe. The Echo Arena has been awarded a string of environmental and architectural accolades. Designed by award-winning architects Wilkinson Eyre, it is one of the most sustainable venues in Europe, designed to reduce by half its CO2 emissions; features across the complex control light, temperature and electricity usage and harvest rainwater for toilet flushing, while a crop of turbines on the river generate its own electricity supply.
The Echo Arena is a 20-minute walk from Lime Street or a short taxi ride. You can also transfer at Lime Street onto the underground Wirral Line trains to James Street station (10 minute walk) or catch the CityLink Route C4 (7am - 8pm) directly to the Arena. If travelling from outside Merseyside, you can catch an underground train to James Street station from Lime Street station, inclusive of the cost of your ticket. Ring Traveline Merseyside 0871 200 22 33 for up to date information about your bus, train or ferry service. The Traveline is open from 0800 - 2000 every day of the week.
For all car journeys it's best to follow the white on brown tourist route signs for the Waterfront. These signs are visible on the major routes into the city. The Echo Arena is situated on the Kings Dock directly adjacent to the south side of the Albert Dock. Upon arrival, the Kings Dock entrance is clearly sign posted. From the North: Leave the M6 at junction 26 and follow signs for M58 Liverpool. Follow to end of M58 and then take signs for A59 Liverpool. Continue to follow Liverpool City Centre until picking up signs for the Waterfront. The Liverpool Waterfront Car Park is signposted 'Waterfront' on the city wide 'available spaces' signage. From the South: Leave the M6 at junction 21A and take the M62 to Liverpool. At the end of the M62 follow signs for Liverpool City Centre along Edge Lane, picking up and following signs for Waterfront. The Liverpool Waterfront Car Park is signposted 'Waterfront' on the city wide 'available spaces' signage. They offer a flat fee of ?5 for parking for all Echo Arena event nights.
Most Liverpool city centre bound buses will call at either Queen Square bus station (a 15-minute walk) or Liverpool ONE Bus Station, which is only a five minute walk to the arena. The CityLink Route C4 bus links Queen Square bus station, James Street rail station and Liverpool ONE Bus Station to the Arena. CityLink Route C4 operates every 20 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays, between 7am - 8pm, with a maximum fare of ?1 per journey. Merseytravel prepaid tickets, National Concessionary bus passes and Arriva day tickets are all valid on this service. For up-to-date information on all bus, train and ferry services, call Traveline Merseyside on 0871 200 22 33, open 8am - 8pm, 364 days a year or visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk
The Liverpool Waterfront Car Park is signposted 'Waterfront' on the city wide 'available spaces' signage. They offer a flat fee of ?5 for parking for all Echo Arena event nights.
The Echo Arena is fully accessible for all customers and complies with DDA directives, with accessible toilets, lifts and entrances in all areas.
Once you're inside the building the box office features a fixed loop hearing system, as do the refreshment and merchandising counters, which are situated at low levels to make life easier. An induction loop is available in some of the seating areas.
Guide dogs are welcome in the Echo Arena.
General Access Info
There are eight accessible toilets in the Echo Arena; toilets are available on every floor of the building. Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue - you can also charge scooters and wheelchairs at the venue. You'll find accessible parking in the adjacent ACC car park, although it's not free for Blue Badge holders. There are plenty of accessible spaces in the car park, plus a drop off point on the river side of the centre if you'd prefer door to door service. Lifts in the car park have reversing mirrors and both visual and audible floor indicators. The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair, although assistance may be needed as the route includes some ramps. If you have any questions about special seating requirements please contact the box office on 0844 8000 400.
Doors Open: 6:30PM Starts: 8:00PM
More information about The War Of The Worlds - The Final Arena Tour tickets
JEFF WAYNE'S MUSICAL VERSION
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS
THE FINAL ARENA TOUR!
WESTLIFE'S BRIAN MCFADDEN
JASON DONOVAN &
LES MISERABLES' CARRIE HOPE FLETCHER
FIRST STARS ANNOUNCED
".Dazzling.I felt a shiver of excitement..."
"a veritable feast of live stage and musical brilliance" - Newcastle Evening Chronicle
"Wayne's music has never sounded more commanding" Liverpool Echo
Following a triumphant UK and European arena tour in 2012, Live Nation and SJM Concerts, are delighted to announce that one of the most ground-breaking tours of all time, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds is to return for the sixth and final time in 2014.
The announcement coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Orson Welles iconic radio adaptation, the 35th anniversary of Jeff Wayne's classic multi-platinum album and the 115th anniversary of HG Wells' classic novel.
The show will again feature a stellar cast with Jeff Wayne returning to the Podium to conduct the 9-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings with the final two musical Guest Artistes to be announced.
Liam Neeson's 3D holographic performance as The Journalist will also return but with enhanced technology.
The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist will be performed by Brian McFadden, Jason Donovan is reprising his hugely popular role as Parson Nathaniel and Carrie Hope Fletcher featuring as Beth, Parson Nathaniel's Wife, direct from her current and widely acclaimed West End performance in Les Miserables, as Eponine.
The production will be the sixth UK tour in eight years. Jeff Wayne said: "Bringing The War of The Worlds to life in many of the world's finest arenas has been the most amazing experience for me over the last seven years. We've achieved more than we ever thought was possible both musically and technologically.
However, the time is right to take The War of The Worlds in new directions after the 2014 tour. I am so very appreciative of the fantastic support over the years from so many established fans as well as numerous new ones we've attracted. Thank you all sincerely.
All I can say for the future of TWOTW is - Watch this space!"
Westlife Star Brian McFadden is excited about being involved in the show. He commented:
"I've long been a fan of The War of The Worlds and am so excited to be involved in the tour. It's a true honour to be involved in this electrifying show and to be joining such an exciting cast, including singing the thoughts of The Journalist, who is played by one of my Irish heroes, Liam Neeson. It's also a thrill to be performing the two international Hit Singles "The Eve of The War" and "Forever Autumn". I can't wait for the tour to start - it's going to be incredible!"
Jason Donovan said he was delighted to be reprising his role as Parson Nathaniel having played it last year. He said:
"The War of The Worlds is a classic. This production is on a scale like nothing I have ever done before - the effects are breath-taking both in front and behind the stage! It's also one of the most enjoyable, most exciting and most memorable musical productions of all time. It's a true honour to be returning for the third time, especially as this is the final Arena tour."
Les Miserables star Carrie Hope Fletcher, who also has a significant YouTube following, and whose brother, Tom Fletcher, is McFly's guitarist, said: "I'm delighted to have been cast as Beth, Parson Nathaniel's wife: I genuinely can't wait to get started. My family and I grew up listening to the album and now I'm going to be a part of it. My character levitates and disappears into thin air in full view of the audience, so that's rather exciting too!"
The new live production will once again include:
Liam Neeson's performance in 3D holography sees him as an 11-foot high 'head and shoulders' as The Journalist recounting in 1904 his story of survival from the Martian invasion of Victorian England of six years earlier. However Liam's performance will be seen with new technological advancements.
Liam Neeson will also seen in full body on stage interacting with the show's live performers. A triumph of technology and a remarkable performance by Liam.
A 100-foot wide 'Animation Wall'.
The iconic 3-tonne, 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real flame Heat Rays at the audience and scanning them with its bug-like eyes, as it 'lands' on centre stage.
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