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The War of the Worlds


In 1938, Orson Welles staged what has become recognized as one of history's boldest pranks, and the Art of Time Ensemble will show you how Welles pulled off the infamous radio broadcast that terrorized a nation: War of the Worlds.

Sean Cullen, Nicholas Campbell and Marc Bendavid star in this behind-the-scenes staging of the original broadcast, complete with an on-stage radio orchestra and live Foley sound effects by John Gzowski. Also on the bill is Herrmannthology, featuring a suite based on the scores penned by the legendary film composer Bernard Herrmann. From Citizen Kane to Taxi Driver, and Psycho to Cape Fear, Herrmann’s dramatic themes are performed by an orchestra and accompanied by Tess Girard’s live film montage of the brilliant films they underscored.

The 2011 production (part of the World Stage lineup) was entirely sold out, and garnered rave reviews. The Toronto Star hailed the production as "a brilliant effort" and awarded it 3.5 stars out of 4. The Globe and Mail proclaimed it "sound and fury signifying a great storm!" and also gave it 3.5 stars out of 4. Book early to avoid disappointment!

In association with Harbourfront Centre.

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