Jason Donovan will return to 'The War Of The World...The New Generation!' musical in a new role.

The 43-year-old singer and actor - who previously starred as The Artilleryman - will return as Parson Nathaniel, The Disturbed holy man driven to insanity by the Martian invasion of earth and Jason revealed he is most excited about the full body hologram of Liam Neeson, which will narrate the story.

He said: ''I am delighted and very excited to be going back on tour with 'The War of the Worlds' and taking on the new role of Parson Nathaniel. 'The New Generation' is going to have some fantastic effects and I, for one, can't wait to see the 3D hologram of Liam Neeson! It's going to be a whole new show and a whole new experience.''

West End star Kerry Ellis - who will play his wife Beth - added: ''I was already thrilled to be part of such a credible cast, and now to add Jason Donovan into this is fantastic - he's an inspirational West End star and international heartthrob. Having Jason cast as my husband is a teen dream come true''

Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson was previously confirmed for the role of The Artilleryman.

Jeff Wayne, who composed the original soundtrack, and has worked on a new version said: ''I'm not aware of any performer who has portrayed a leading character in one production, then returned in the next playing an entirely different role.

''But such is Jason Donovan's diverse talent, this is exactly what he will be doing. Having been a magnificent Artilleryman in our 2010 production - that of a dreamer with a plan for Mankind's survival underground - he will now tackle the role of Parson Nathaniel, who has lost all faith in Humanity and the ability to survive on top of it. I have No Doubt Jason will bring a vibrant interpretation to this character, and I welcome him back to The War of The Worlds - Alive on Stage!''

'War of the Worlds' stage tour 2012, confirmed dates:


Thursday 29 Dublin 02 Arena


Saturday 01 Liverpool Echo Arena

Sunday 02 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

Tuesday 04 Nottingham Capital FM Arena

Thursday 06 London Wembley Arena

Friday 07 Birmingham NIA

Saturday 08 Manchester Evening News Arena

Sunday 09 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena

Monday 10 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

Tuesday 11 Glasgow SECC

Thursday 13 Bournemouth BIC

Saturday 15 London O2 Arena

Sunday 16 Brighton Brighton Centre

Monday 17 Brighton Brighton Centre

Wednesday 19 Rotterdam Ahoy Arena

Saturday 22 Lisbon Pavilho Atlantico Arena

January 2013

Thursday 3 Hamburg Hamburg Arena

Friday 4 Oberhausen Oberhausen Arena

Saturday 5 Berlin o2 World Berlin

Monday 7 Nurnberg Nurnberg Arena

Tuesday 8 Munich Munich Arena

Thursday 10 Gdansk Gdansk Arena

Saturday 12 Helsinki Helsinki Arena