The War Of The Worlds: The Final Arena Tour
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Newcastle, NE4 7NA
Approx. capacity: 11000
Metro Radio Arena (formerly the Newcastle Arena and Telewest Arena) is a sports and entertainment arena in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England, United Kingdom. Owned and operated by the SMG Europe and sponsored by Metro Radio, it hosts music, entertainment, sports & business events. Having also had various professional basketball and ice hockey teams as tenants for much of its history, since 2009 it has had no ice hockey team after the departure of the Newcastle Vipers to the Whitley Bay Ice Rink, and no basketball team since the departure of the Newcastle Eagles to Northumbria University's Sport Central arena in 2010. Two well known local musicians conceived and helped build the arena, Chas Chandler and his business partner Nigel Stanger. The NYSE listed Ogden Corporation was awarded a 20 year contract in February 1995 to design the arena, and once completed, to manage the facility including booking and promotion. According to Ogden, the arena clearly filled a market opportunity for touring acts who had otherwise bypassed the area, with the next nearest local venue being the 2,000 seat Newcastle City Hall, and the only other medium sized venues being as far away as Sheffield to the south or Glasgow to the north. Acts that did visit the region often had to make use of the 3,200 seat Whitley Bay Ice Rink. The arena cost 10m pounds to build, and opened as the Newcastle Arena on Saturday 18 November 1995 with a basketball league game between the resident team the Newcastle Comets, hosting the Doncaster Panthers. The Ogden Corporation assumed full ownership of the arena after Chandler and Stanger sold their stakes. Chandler died in 1996 while Stanger died in 1999. In 1997 the arena was renamed the Telewest Arena after a sponsorship deal with the telecommunications and cable-television company Telewest. In 2000 the Ogden Corporation sold the arena to SMG for $240m. In January 2004 the arena was renamed as the Metro Radio Arena after a new sponsorship deal was signed with the independent local station Metro Radio. The seven figure deal was to last a minimum of three years. By 2005, the end of the first decade of operation, seven million people had attended events at the arena.
The arena is a 5 minute walk away from the metro and train station Newcastle Central.
The Metro Radio Arena Newcastle is only 3 minutes from the A1 North - South route. Take the A184 signposted 'City Centre', then follow the A189 over the Redheugh Bridge. When in the vicinity of the Arena, follow the signs to the appropriate car parks.
Taxis can pick up on Railway Street/Arena Way before and after events. There is also a taxi rank at Central Station.
There are two bus routes that go to Railway Street next to the arena: No 22 Goes from Market Street to the Arena, the last one is 6.25pm. No 604 Goes from Eldon Square, the last one is 11.00pm.
There are over 600 convenient Official Car Park spaces available on site at the rear of the building. Alternatively, when the Car Park is full, the venue recommend using the NCP Car Park located next to the Arena, with its entrance on Redheugh Bridge Road.
There are many wheelchair spaces in the arena. They need to be booked through the venue.
The arena has a loop system. Please contact them for more details.
Please contact the venue for further information as it depends on the type of event.
General Access Info
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Doors Open: 6:30PM Starts: 8:00PM
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. We cannot issue refunds to under 14s who are not accompanied by an adult.
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CHILDREN UNDER 14 Policy
As a responsible entertainment venue, the safety and comfort of our patrons is paramount. This Duty of Care is particularly relevant when protecting minors under 14 years old; as such our policy is that all children under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult, defined as someone 16+ years of age who will be present for the full duration of the event.
For certain shows where the audience is both seated and standing, no one under 14 years old will be permitted AT ALL to stand on the auditorium floor.
Parents should always be aware of their general responsibilities regarding their children's safety in situations where they are outside their direct control, and indeed legislation detailing these responsibilities. 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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