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James Lockhart in War of the Worlds

James Lockhart has joined the cast of Jeff Wayne’s The Musical Version of ‘The War of The Worlds’: The Immersive Experience, which opens at the Old Metal Exchange in London on 31st May 2019.

Composer Jeff Wayne has partnered with the company to re-imagine his musical work, combining immersive theatre, VR, holograms and other next-generation technology. Set inside The Old London Metal Exchange; a 22,000-square foot multi-level site in Central London, the multisensory experience will give audiences the chance to live through the Martian invasion of 1898.

With a 90 minute runtime live and virtual actors will guide small groups as they walk, crawl and slide through different scenes, being able to smell the grass and feel the chill of the story’s famous Horsell Common, physically feel the ground shake as the first cylinder lands and witness an enormous Martian Fighting Machine rise above them in VR.

Describing his involvement in the immersive experience, Jeff Wayne, composer/producer of The Musical Version of ‘The War of The Worlds’ said in a statement: “It’s incredible to work with dotdotdot. Taking my Musical Version of ‘The War of The Worlds’ and turning it into a virtual reality experience is groundbreaking, and I can’t wait to ‘live’ it myself.”