NEWS: Full Details of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of ‘The War of the Worlds’: The Immersive Experience Revealed

Dotdotdot’snew experience will open in London on the 31st May on Leadenhall Street in the City.

Through the use of  immersive theatre, virtual reality, holograms and other state-of-the-art technology, Dotdotdot invite audiences to explore HG Well’s Martian invasion of 1898 as seen through Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience.

The best selling album has been transformed into an interactive 90 minute experience filled with sensory moments, VR and AR technology, volumetric holograms and immersive theatre. Guided by real and virtual actors, groups of up to 12 will walk, crawl and travel into the heart of the story from the moment they step inside. The show is split into two-acts and includes an interval in the immersive Red Weed bar where you can enjoy a drink and listen to an extended version of Jeff Wayne’s The Red Weed.

This new experience will feature all of the key elements of Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds including:

The Theatre:Meet George and Carrie in hologram form and travel back into George’s memories through the use of a magic lantern, a zoetrope and 360 degree projection mapping.

The Observatory:Walking in Head Astronomer Professor Ogilvy’s shoes, audiences are taken on a dazzling tour of the Royal Observatory to experience the magic of constellations and planets whilst spotting a peculiar object heading straight to Earth.

Horsell Common: Smell the freshly cutgrass, and feel the misty chill that hangs in the air as you walk across Horsell Common. Approaching a silver cylinder, you are suddenly met with slithering, animatronic tentacles as the powerful baseline of Jeff Wayne’s iconic soundtrack kicks in as you try to escape a deathly pyrotechnic Martian Heat Ray.

George Herbert’s House: Considered the ‘Horror Room’ of the experience, this room is not for the faint hearted. Audience members will break into George Herbert’s house and enjoy tea and biscuits before being plunged into complete darkness and immersed in terror as the Martians slowly close in. The scene climaxes in a terrifying flash of strobe lighting and ambisonic surround audio, it’s the first interaction with the Martians, and by no means the last.

Journey to London:Get ready to battle through war-zone England as you encounter fully animated 300ft Martian Fighting Machines. All players travel through large-scale social VR environments as you try to reach London. The volumetric-captured actors mean that everyone in the group will have a different experience.

Forever Autumn/Thunder Child:The first act ends with a climactic naval battle as audiences are placed in boats with motion simulators – as you try to flee the attacking Martians you’ll be able to feel the water, wind and chill in the air, as you escape down the River Thames in a steamer chasing HMS Thunderchild.

Dead London: In the final scene of the show, audiences are taken on one unforgettable journey. By jumping into hot-air balloons the audience will feel themselves soaring over England in Virtual Reality. The wind and smoke billows in your face where the biggest surprise is saved until last the final moments of the show, all scored by the iconic final song on Jeff Wayne’s album.

Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience will take place at 56 Leadenhall Street from the 16th May.

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