The War of the Worlds

Multi-camera Live-stream


The 1938 Radio Script • OCT 30 – NOV 1

by Howard E. Koch • Based on the novel by H.G. Wells

Directed by Jonathan Rhys Williams


This special event is not part of our Mainstage package.


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 narrated by Orson Welles, this original script detailing the frightening tale of an extraterrestrial takeover brings to life onstage a fully rendered live radio play just as it might have been produced by Orson Welles in 1938.



Due to the pandemic, Tabard Theatre is closed to patrons, and currently operating as a broadcast studio only.

War of the Worlds Title
War of the Worlds Calendar

Designated Production Non-Profit
To Be Announced


What the Critics Have Said

“Remembered like no other radio programme.”

— BBC News Magazine

Remains vibrantly alive in the American consciousness.”

— Leonard Maltin, Indiewire

a powerful work of radio theatre”

— Spacial Anomaly

Voted Best Theatre Company

by Metro Silicon Valley Readers