The War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Script

based on the novel by H.G. Wells by Howard E. Koch
Broadcast from New York's Mercury Theatre in 1938, this infamous radio play, based on the novel by H. G. Wells, had many terrified listeners convinced that an actual alien invasion of Earth was taking place. Adapted by Howard E. Koch, co-writer of Casablanca, and directed and narrated by Orson Welles, this original script detailing the frightening tale of an extraterrestrial takeover is now available to bring to life onstage to thrill and chill audiences.
  • Genre: Science Fiction Drama
  • Running Time: 60 - 65 minutes
  • Cast: 5 m, 6 either (4-22 actors possible: 0-9 f, 4-22 m)
Reviews

Professor W. Joseph Campbell, BBC News magazine

"So terrifying in its accounts of invading Martians wielding deadly heat-rays that it is remembered like no other radio programme."

Leonard Maltin, Indiewire

"[War of the Worlds] remains vibrantly alive in the American consciousness."

Production History
PERFORMANCE DATES PRODUCTION GROUP LOCATION
Oct 27, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 Stageworks Northwest Longview, WA
Oct 27, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Criterion Theatre Coventry,
Oct 27, 2017 - Nov 5, 2017 PlayersGuild@SugarHill Sugar Hill, GA
Oct 26, 2017 - Oct 26, 2017 Radio Players West Wheaton, IL
May 20, 2017 - May 20, 2017 Magenta Theater Vancouver, WA
Apr 7, 2017 - Apr 8, 2017 Hillsboro Elementary/Middle School Frankiln, TN
Mar 1, 2017 - May 31, 2017 Campbell County Public Library Fort Thomas, KY
Feb 2, 2017 - Feb 4, 2017 Alphanyc Theater Company New York, NY
Jan 1, 2017 - Jan 1, 2017 Playhouse In The Park Murray, KY
Dec 5, 2016 - Dec 5, 2016 Tucker County High School Theater Hambleton, WV
Dec 1, 2016 - Dec 4, 2016 Tucker County High School Theater Hambleton, WV
Nov 12, 2016 - Nov 12, 2016 Prospect Theater Project Modesto, CA
Nov 5, 2016 - Nov 5, 2016 The Yellow Sign Theatre Baltimore, MD
Nov 4, 2016 - Nov 4, 2016 Eastern Front Theatre Halifax, NS
Oct 31, 2016 - Oct 31, 2016 Temple Theatre Sanford, NC
Oct 31, 2016 - Oct 31, 2016 Camino Real Playhouse San Juan Capistrano, CA
Oct 30, 2016 - Oct 30, 2016 Nathanschulzpresents Gold Coast, QLD
Oct 30, 2016 - Oct 30, 2016 Deep End Productions Northfield, MN
Oct 29, 2016 - Oct 29, 2016 Naperville North High School Naperville, IL
Oct 29, 2016 - Oct 29, 2016 The In Between Brooklyn, NY
Oct 29, 2016 - Oct 30, 2016 Academy Center Of The Arts Lynchburg, VA
Oct 29, 2016 - Oct 29, 2016 Firehouse Theatre Richmond, VA
Oct 29, 2016 - Oct 29, 2016 Performing Arts Guild Mt. Morris, IL
Oct 29, 2016 - Oct 29, 2016 Firehouse Theatre Richmond, VA
Oct 28, 2016 - Oct 29, 2016 The Winnipesaukee Playhouse Meredith, NH
Oct 28, 2016 - Oct 30, 2016 Capital Classics Theatre Company Hartford, CT
Oct 28, 2016 - Oct 28, 2016 McHenry Middle School McHenry, IL
Oct 28, 2016 - Oct 28, 2016 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
Oct 28, 2016 - Oct 28, 2016 Department Of Physics And Astronomy/UW-Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
Oct 28, 2016 - Oct 30, 2016 Valley Forge Drama Club Parma Heights, OH
Oct 27, 2016 - Oct 30, 2016 The Oakville Players Oakville, ON
Oct 27, 2016 - Oct 29, 2016 Cantwell-Sacred Heart Of Mary High School Montebello, CA
Oct 21, 2016 - Oct 21, 2016 WGRA Radio Theatre Philadelphia, PA
Oct 19, 2016 - Oct 21, 2016 North High School Phoenix, AZ
Oct 13, 2016 - Oct 23, 2016 Curtain Call Company Fallbrook, CA
Oct 6, 2016 - Oct 15, 2016 Theatre Statesville Statesville, NC
Sep 3, 2016 - Oct 30, 2016 Performing Arts Guild Mt Morris, IL
Jun 16, 2016 - Jun 25, 2016 REACH PAC Lincoln, NE
May 22, 2016 - May 22, 2016 Radio Players West Elgin, IL
Apr 21, 2016 - Apr 23, 2016 Chesterfield Community Theatre At West County YMCA Chesterfield, MO
Apr 12, 2016 - Apr 13, 2016 Indian Creek High School Shabbona, IL
Mar 18, 2016 - Mar 19, 2016 Pomperaug High School Drama Southbury, CT
Mar 3, 2016 - Mar 5, 2016 REACH PAC Deer Isle, ME
Feb 25, 2016 - Feb 27, 2016 Fairview High School Drama Club Fairview, PA
Feb 19, 2016 - Feb 21, 2016 Sterling Community Theatre Sterling, MA
Nov 24, 2015 - Nov 29, 2015 Murdoch Theatre Company Murdoch, WA
Nov 20, 2015 - Nov 22, 2015 Madrid Players Madrid,
Nov 20, 2015 - Nov 21, 2015 Hilliard Darby Theatre Troupe Hilliard, OH
Nov 18, 2015 - Nov 21, 2015 UC San Diego- Theatre And Dance La Jolla, CA
Nov 6, 2015 - Nov 8, 2015 Lab! Theatre Chapel Hill, NC
Nov 5, 2015 - Nov 15, 2015 Actors Circle Scranton, PA
Oct 31, 2015 - Oct 31, 2015 Festival 56 Theatre Princeton, IL
Oct 30, 2015 - Oct 30, 2015 Jenison High School Thespians Jenison, MI
Oct 30, 2015 - Nov 12, 2015 Pegasus Theater Company Monte Rio, CA
Oct 30, 2015 - Oct 31, 2015 Great Southwest Radio Theatre Project Coolidge, AZ
Oct 30, 2015 - Oct 30, 2015 Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC
Oct 30, 2015 - Oct 30, 2015 Stageworks Northwest Longview, WA
Oct 30, 2015 - Oct 30, 2015 Stageworks Northwest Longview, WA
Oct 30, 2015 - Oct 30, 2015 WIUP-FM, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, PA
Oct 29, 2015 - Oct 29, 2015 WCWP Radio Brookville, NY
Oct 29, 2015 - Oct 30, 2015 Kadena High School APO, AP
Oct 23, 2015 - Oct 25, 2015 Vision Theatre Productions Fergus, ON
Oct 8, 2015 - Oct 8, 2015 Badgett Playhouse Grand Rivers, KY
Oct 2, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015 Port Gamble Theater Company Port Gamble, WA
Oct 1, 2015 - Oct 31, 2015 Fake Radio Los Angeles, CA
Jul 11, 2015 - Jul 11, 2015 Not Applicable Benicia, CA
May 14, 2015 - May 14, 2015 Grace Christian School Mankato, MN
May 8, 2015 - May 8, 2015 St. Edmund Parish School Oak Park, IL
May 8, 2015 - May 16, 2015 Bridgnorth Players 1) Telford 2) Shropshire 3) Shropshire 4) Shropshire,
Apr 30, 2015 - Jun 30, 2015 Kenosha Public Museums Kenosha, WI
Mar 6, 2015 - Mar 7, 2015 The Company Fort Thomas, KY
Feb 13, 2015 - Feb 15, 2015 Variations Theatre Group Long Island City, NY
Jan 17, 2015 - Jan 17, 2015 Sci-Fest Los Angeles, CA
Nov 24, 2014 - Nov 25, 2014 David Douglas High Schol Portland, OR
Nov 14, 2014 - Nov 15, 2014 Port Charlotte High School Drama Dept. Port Charlotte, FL
Nov 12, 2014 - Nov 14, 2014 Picnic Theatre Company Washington, DC
Nov 7, 2014 - Nov 8, 2014 Center Stage Players Susanville, CA
Oct 31, 2014 - Oct 31, 2014 Stark Naked Theatre Company Houston, TX
Oct 30, 2014 - Nov 1, 2014 Fern Creek High School Louisville, KY
Oct 30, 2014 - Oct 30, 2014 Fake Radio Los Angeles, CA
Oct 30, 2014 - Oct 30, 2014 Little Grey Hat Productions Bradenton, FL
Oct 30, 2014 - Oct 30, 2014 Wilson Place Mansion, Limited. Menomonie, WI
Oct 30, 2014 - Oct 30, 2014 Indiana Historical Society Indianapolis, IN
Oct 25, 2014 - Oct 25, 2014 Jasper Community Theatre Jasper, TX
Oct 24, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014 Jackson County Players Ripley, WV
Oct 24, 2014 - Oct 25, 2014 Raven Performing Arts Theater Windsor, CA
Oct 17, 2014 - Oct 25, 2014 St. Clair Shores Players St Clair Shores, MI
Oct 17, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014 Merely Players Community Theatre Mankato, MN
Oct 17, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014 Curtis Theatre at the Brea Civic & Cultural Center Brea, CA
Oct 13, 2014 - Oct 13, 2014 King's Town Players Kingston, ON
Oct 10, 2014 - Oct 18, 2014 Sky View High School Smithfield, UT
Aug 14, 2014 - Aug 24, 2014 Stanford Theater & Performance Studies Stanford, CA
Aug 8, 2014 - Aug 8, 2014 Big Bear Theater Big Bear Lake, CA
May 17, 2014 - May 17, 2014 Woodstock Celebrates, Inc. Woodstock, IL
Apr 5, 2014 - Apr 6, 2014 Nauss Hall Players Nashua, NH