The War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Script
based on the novel by H.G. Wells
by Howard E. Koch

Productions (98)
  • Science Fiction Drama
  • 60 - 65 minutes
  • 5 m, 6 either (4-22 actors possible: 0-9 f, 4-22 m)
  • Set: Minimal.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-465-3

The War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Script
based on the novel by H.G. Wells
by Howard E. Koch

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Productions (98)
  • Science Fiction Drama
  • 60 - 65 minutes
  • 5 m, 6 either (4-22 actors possible: 0-9 f, 4-22 m)
  • Set: Minimal.

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. Read More

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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.

(An annotated manuscript of this radio play, with notes and changes marked by Orson Welles, is also available.)

  • Science Fiction Drama
  • 60 - 65 minutes
  • 5 m, 6 either (4-22 actors possible: 0-9 f, 4-22 m)
  • Set: Minimal.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-465-3

Published Reviews

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

Professor W. Joseph Campbell, BBC News magazine

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

Leonard Maltin, Indiewire

Production History

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Location
OCT 28, 2017 - OCT 28, 2017
Theatre on the Bay
Marinette, WI United States
Theatre on the Bay Marinette, WI United States
OCT 27, 2017 - OCT 29, 2017
A.C.T. Studio Theatre LLC
Stuart, FL United States
A.C.T. Studio Theatre LLC Stuart, FL United States
OCT 27, 2017 - OCT 29, 2017
Little Theatre on the Bay
North Bend, OR United States
Little Theatre on the Bay North Bend, OR United States
OCT 27, 2017 - OCT 29, 2017
Stageworks Northwest
Longview, WA United States
Stageworks Northwest Longview, WA United States
OCT 27, 2017 - OCT 28, 2017
Criterion Theatre
Coventry, United Kingdom
Criterion Theatre Coventry, United Kingdom
OCT 27, 2017 - NOV 05, 2017
PlayersGuild@SugarHill
Sugar Hill, GA United States
PlayersGuild@SugarHill Sugar Hill, GA United States
OCT 26, 2017 - OCT 26, 2017
Radio Players West
Wheaton, IL United States
Radio Players West Wheaton, IL United States
MAY 20, 2017 - MAY 20, 2017
Magenta Theater
Vancouver, WA United States
Magenta Theater Vancouver, WA United States
APR 07, 2017 - APR 08, 2017
Hillsboro Elementary/Middle School
Frankiln, TN United States
Hillsboro Elementary/Middle School Frankiln, TN United States
MAR 01, 2017 - MAY 31, 2017
Campbell County Public Library
Fort Thomas, KY United States
Campbell County Public Library Fort Thomas, KY United States
FEB 02, 2017 - FEB 04, 2017
Alphanyc Theater Company
New York, NY United States
Alphanyc Theater Company New York, NY United States
JAN 01, 2017 - JAN 01, 2017
Playhouse In The Park
Murray, KY United States
Playhouse In The Park Murray, KY United States
DEC 05, 2016 - DEC 05, 2016
Tucker County High School Theater
Hambleton, WV United States
Tucker County High School Theater Hambleton, WV United States
DEC 01, 2016 - DEC 04, 2016
Tucker County High School Theater
Hambleton, WV United States
Tucker County High School Theater Hambleton, WV United States
NOV 12, 2016 - NOV 12, 2016
Prospect Theater Project
Modesto, CA United States
Prospect Theater Project Modesto, CA United States
NOV 05, 2016 - NOV 05, 2016
The Yellow Sign Theatre
Baltimore, MD United States
The Yellow Sign Theatre Baltimore, MD United States
NOV 04, 2016 - NOV 04, 2016
Eastern Front Theatre
Halifax, NS Canada
Eastern Front Theatre Halifax, NS Canada
OCT 31, 2016 - OCT 31, 2016
Temple Theatre
Sanford, NC United States
Temple Theatre Sanford, NC United States
OCT 31, 2016 - OCT 31, 2016
Camino Real Playhouse
San Juan Capistrano, CA United States
Camino Real Playhouse San Juan Capistrano, CA United States
OCT 30, 2016 - OCT 30, 2016
Nathanschulzpresents
Gold Coast, QLD Australia
Nathanschulzpresents Gold Coast, QLD Australia
OCT 30, 2016 - OCT 30, 2016
Deep End Productions
Northfield, MN United States
Deep End Productions Northfield, MN United States
OCT 29, 2016 - OCT 29, 2016
Performing Arts Guild
Mt. Morris, IL United States
Performing Arts Guild Mt. Morris, IL United States
OCT 29, 2016 - OCT 29, 2016
Firehouse Theatre
Richmond, VA United States
Firehouse Theatre Richmond, VA United States
OCT 29, 2016 - OCT 30, 2016
Academy Center Of The Arts
Lynchburg, VA United States
Academy Center Of The Arts Lynchburg, VA United States
OCT 29, 2016 - OCT 29, 2016
Firehouse Theatre
Richmond, VA United States
Firehouse Theatre Richmond, VA United States
OCT 29, 2016 - OCT 29, 2016
The In Between
Brooklyn, NY United States
The In Between Brooklyn, NY United States
OCT 29, 2016 - OCT 29, 2016
Naperville North High School
Naperville, IL United States
Naperville North High School Naperville, IL United States
OCT 28, 2016 - OCT 29, 2016
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse
Meredith, NH United States
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse Meredith, NH United States
OCT 28, 2016 - OCT 30, 2016
Valley Forge Drama Club
Parma Heights, OH United States
Valley Forge Drama Club Parma Heights, OH United States
OCT 28, 2016 - OCT 28, 2016
DePauw University
Greencastle, IN United States
DePauw University Greencastle, IN United States
OCT 28, 2016 - OCT 28, 2016
McHenry Middle School
McHenry, IL United States
McHenry Middle School McHenry, IL United States
OCT 28, 2016 - OCT 30, 2016
Capital Classics Theatre Company
Hartford, CT United States
Capital Classics Theatre Company Hartford, CT United States
OCT 28, 2016 - OCT 28, 2016
Department Of Physics And Astronomy/UW-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI United States
Department Of Physics And Astronomy/UW-Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI United States
OCT 27, 2016 - OCT 29, 2016
Cantwell-Sacred Heart Of Mary High School
Montebello, CA United States
Cantwell-Sacred Heart Of Mary High School Montebello, CA United States
OCT 27, 2016 - OCT 30, 2016
The Oakville Players
Oakville, ON Canada
The Oakville Players Oakville, ON Canada
OCT 21, 2016 - OCT 21, 2016
WGRA Radio Theatre
Philadelphia, PA United States
WGRA Radio Theatre Philadelphia, PA United States
OCT 19, 2016 - OCT 21, 2016
North High School
Phoenix, AZ United States
North High School Phoenix, AZ United States
OCT 13, 2016 - OCT 23, 2016
Curtain Call Company
Fallbrook, CA United States
Curtain Call Company Fallbrook, CA United States
OCT 06, 2016 - OCT 15, 2016
Theatre Statesville
Statesville, NC United States
Theatre Statesville Statesville, NC United States
SEP 03, 2016 - OCT 30, 2016
Performing Arts Guild
Mt Morris, IL United States
Performing Arts Guild Mt Morris, IL United States
JUN 16, 2016 - JUN 25, 2016
REACH PAC
Lincoln, NE United States
REACH PAC Lincoln, NE United States
MAY 22, 2016 - MAY 22, 2016
Radio Players West
Elgin, IL United States
Radio Players West Elgin, IL United States
APR 21, 2016 - APR 23, 2016
Chesterfield Community Theatre At West County YMCA
Chesterfield, MO United States
Chesterfield Community Theatre At West County YMCA Chesterfield, MO United States
APR 12, 2016 - APR 13, 2016
Indian Creek High School
Shabbona, IL United States
Indian Creek High School Shabbona, IL United States
MAR 18, 2016 - MAR 19, 2016
Pomperaug High School Drama
Southbury, CT United States
Pomperaug High School Drama Southbury, CT United States
MAR 03, 2016 - MAR 05, 2016
REACH PAC
Deer Isle, ME United States
REACH PAC Deer Isle, ME United States
FEB 25, 2016 - FEB 27, 2016
Fairview High School Drama Club
Fairview, PA United States
Fairview High School Drama Club Fairview, PA United States
FEB 19, 2016 - FEB 21, 2016
Sterling Community Theatre
Sterling, MA United States
Sterling Community Theatre Sterling, MA United States
NOV 24, 2015 - NOV 29, 2015
Murdoch Theatre Company
Murdoch, WA Australia
Murdoch Theatre Company Murdoch, WA Australia
NOV 20, 2015 - NOV 22, 2015
Madrid Players
Madrid, Spain
Madrid Players Madrid, Spain
NOV 20, 2015 - NOV 21, 2015
Hilliard Darby Theatre Troupe
Hilliard, OH United States
Hilliard Darby Theatre Troupe Hilliard, OH United States
NOV 18, 2015 - NOV 21, 2015
UC San Diego- Theatre And Dance
La Jolla, CA United States
UC San Diego- Theatre And Dance La Jolla, CA United States
NOV 06, 2015 - NOV 08, 2015
Lab! Theatre
Chapel Hill, NC United States
Lab! Theatre Chapel Hill, NC United States
NOV 05, 2015 - NOV 15, 2015
Actors Circle
Scranton, PA United States
Actors Circle Scranton, PA United States
OCT 31, 2015 - OCT 31, 2015
Festival 56 Theatre
Princeton, IL United States
Festival 56 Theatre Princeton, IL United States
OCT 30, 2015 - OCT 31, 2015
Great Southwest Radio Theatre Project
Coolidge, AZ United States
Great Southwest Radio Theatre Project Coolidge, AZ United States
OCT 30, 2015 - OCT 30, 2015
Cape Fear Community College
Wilmington, NC United States
Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC United States
OCT 30, 2015 - NOV 12, 2015
Pegasus Theater Company
Monte Rio, CA United States
Pegasus Theater Company Monte Rio, CA United States
OCT 30, 2015 - OCT 30, 2015
Jenison High School Thespians
Jenison, MI United States
Jenison High School Thespians Jenison, MI United States
OCT 30, 2015 - OCT 30, 2015
Stageworks Northwest
Longview, WA United States
Stageworks Northwest Longview, WA United States
OCT 30, 2015 - OCT 30, 2015
WIUP-FM, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA United States
WIUP-FM, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, PA United States
OCT 30, 2015 - OCT 30, 2015
Stageworks Northwest
Longview, WA United States
Stageworks Northwest Longview, WA United States
OCT 29, 2015 - OCT 30, 2015
Kadena High School
APO, AP United States
Kadena High School APO, AP United States
OCT 29, 2015 - OCT 29, 2015
WCWP Radio
Brookville, NY United States
WCWP Radio Brookville, NY United States
OCT 23, 2015 - OCT 25, 2015
Vision Theatre Productions
Fergus, ON Canada
Vision Theatre Productions Fergus, ON Canada
OCT 08, 2015 - OCT 08, 2015
Badgett Playhouse
Grand Rivers, KY United States
Badgett Playhouse Grand Rivers, KY United States
OCT 02, 2015 - OCT 18, 2015
Port Gamble Theater Company
Port Gamble, WA United States
Port Gamble Theater Company Port Gamble, WA United States
OCT 01, 2015 - OCT 31, 2015
Fake Radio
Los Angeles, CA United States
Fake Radio Los Angeles, CA United States
JUL 11, 2015 - JUL 11, 2015
Not Applicable
Benicia, CA United States
Not Applicable Benicia, CA United States
MAY 14, 2015 - MAY 14, 2015
Grace Christian School
Mankato, MN United States
Grace Christian School Mankato, MN United States
MAY 08, 2015 - MAY 08, 2015
St. Edmund Parish School
Oak Park, IL United States
St. Edmund Parish School Oak Park, IL United States
MAY 08, 2015 - MAY 16, 2015
Bridgnorth Players
1) Telford 2) Shropshire 3) Shropshire 4) Shropshire, United Kingdom
Bridgnorth Players 1) Telford 2) Shropshire 3) Shropshire 4) Shropshire, United Kingdom
APR 30, 2015 - JUN 30, 2015
Kenosha Public Museums
Kenosha, WI United States
Kenosha Public Museums Kenosha, WI United States
MAR 06, 2015 - MAR 07, 2015
The Company
Fort Thomas, KY United States
The Company Fort Thomas, KY United States
FEB 13, 2015 - FEB 15, 2015
Variations Theatre Group
Long Island City, NY United States
Variations Theatre Group Long Island City, NY United States
JAN 17, 2015 - JAN 17, 2015
Sci-Fest
Los Angeles, CA United States
Sci-Fest Los Angeles, CA United States
NOV 24, 2014 - NOV 25, 2014
David Douglas High Schol
Portland, OR United States
David Douglas High Schol Portland, OR United States
NOV 14, 2014 - NOV 15, 2014
Port Charlotte High School Drama Dept.
Port Charlotte, FL United States
Port Charlotte High School Drama Dept. Port Charlotte, FL United States
NOV 12, 2014 - NOV 14, 2014
Picnic Theatre Company
Washington, DC United States
Picnic Theatre Company Washington, DC United States
NOV 07, 2014 - NOV 08, 2014
Center Stage Players
Susanville, CA United States
Center Stage Players Susanville, CA United States
OCT 31, 2014 - OCT 31, 2014
Stark Naked Theatre Company
Houston, TX United States
Stark Naked Theatre Company Houston, TX United States
OCT 30, 2014 - OCT 30, 2014
Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN United States
Indiana Historical Society Indianapolis, IN United States
OCT 30, 2014 - OCT 30, 2014
Little Grey Hat Productions
Bradenton, FL United States
Little Grey Hat Productions Bradenton, FL United States
OCT 30, 2014 - NOV 01, 2014
Fern Creek High School
Louisville, KY United States
Fern Creek High School Louisville, KY United States
OCT 30, 2014 - OCT 30, 2014
Fake Radio
Los Angeles, CA United States
Fake Radio Los Angeles, CA United States
OCT 30, 2014 - OCT 30, 2014
Wilson Place Mansion, Limited.
Menomonie, WI United States
Wilson Place Mansion, Limited. Menomonie, WI United States
OCT 25, 2014 - OCT 25, 2014
Jasper Community Theatre
Jasper, TX United States
Jasper Community Theatre Jasper, TX United States
OCT 24, 2014 - OCT 25, 2014
Raven Performing Arts Theater
Windsor, CA United States
Raven Performing Arts Theater Windsor, CA United States
OCT 24, 2014 - OCT 26, 2014
Jackson County Players
Ripley, WV United States
Jackson County Players Ripley, WV United States
OCT 17, 2014 - OCT 25, 2014
St. Clair Shores Players
St Clair Shores, MI United States
St. Clair Shores Players St Clair Shores, MI United States
OCT 17, 2014 - OCT 26, 2014
Merely Players Community Theatre
Mankato, MN United States
Merely Players Community Theatre Mankato, MN United States
OCT 17, 2014 - OCT 26, 2014
Curtis Theatre at the Brea Civic & Cultural Center
Brea, CA United States
Curtis Theatre at the Brea Civic & Cultural Center Brea, CA United States
OCT 13, 2014 - OCT 13, 2014
King's Town Players
Kingston, ON Canada
King's Town Players Kingston, ON Canada
OCT 10, 2014 - OCT 18, 2014
Sky View High School
Smithfield, UT United States
Sky View High School Smithfield, UT United States
AUG 14, 2014 - AUG 24, 2014
Stanford Theater & Performance Studies
Stanford, CA United States
Stanford Theater & Performance Studies Stanford, CA United States
AUG 08, 2014 - AUG 08, 2014
Big Bear Theater
Big Bear Lake, CA United States
Big Bear Theater Big Bear Lake, CA United States
MAY 17, 2014 - MAY 17, 2014
Woodstock Celebrates, Inc.
Woodstock, IL United States
Woodstock Celebrates, Inc. Woodstock, IL United States
APR 05, 2014 - APR 06, 2014
Nauss Hall Players
Nashua, NH United States
Nauss Hall Players Nashua, NH United States
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OCT 28, 2017 - OCT 28, 2017
Theatre on the Bay
Marinette, WI United States
Theatre on the Bay Marinette, WI United States
OCT 27, 2017 - OCT 29, 2017
A.C.T. Studio Theatre LLC
Stuart, FL United States
A.C.T. Studio Theatre LLC Stuart, FL United States
OCT 27, 2017 - OCT 29, 2017
Little Theatre on the Bay
North Bend, OR United States
Little Theatre on the Bay North Bend, OR United States
OCT 27, 2017 - OCT 29, 2017
Stageworks Northwest
Longview, WA United States
Stageworks Northwest Longview, WA United States
OCT 27, 2017 - OCT 28, 2017
Criterion Theatre
Coventry, United Kingdom
Criterion Theatre Coventry, United Kingdom
OCT 27, 2017 - NOV 05, 2017
PlayersGuild@SugarHill
Sugar Hill, GA United States
PlayersGuild@SugarHill Sugar Hill, GA United States
OCT 26, 2017 - OCT 26, 2017
Radio Players West
Wheaton, IL United States
Radio Players West Wheaton, IL United States
MAY 20, 2017 - MAY 20, 2017
Magenta Theater
Vancouver, WA United States
Magenta Theater Vancouver, WA United States
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Production Group
Location
OCT 28, 2016 - OCT 30, 2016
Capital Classics Theatre Company
Hartford, CT United States
Capital Classics Theatre Company Hartford, CT United States
OCT 31, 2015 - OCT 31, 2015
Festival 56 Theatre
Princeton, IL United States
Festival 56 Theatre Princeton, IL United States
JAN 17, 2015 - JAN 17, 2015
Sci-Fest
Los Angeles, CA United States
Sci-Fest Los Angeles, CA United States
OCT 31, 2014 - OCT 31, 2014
Stark Naked Theatre Company
Houston, TX United States
Stark Naked Theatre Company Houston, TX United States
OCT 30, 2014 - OCT 30, 2014
Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN United States
Indiana Historical Society Indianapolis, IN United States
MAY 17, 2014 - MAY 17, 2014
Woodstock Celebrates, Inc.
Woodstock, IL United States
Woodstock Celebrates, Inc. Woodstock, IL United States

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