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Sat, Oct 29


Bethany-Newton United Church

The War of the Worlds (The 1938 Radio Script)

Come join us for a staged reading of the script that made Orson Welles infamous!

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The War of the Worlds (The 1938 Radio Script)
The War of the Worlds (The 1938 Radio Script)

Time & Location

Oct 29, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Bethany-Newton United Church, 14853 60 Ave, Surrey, BC V3S 1R8, Canada

About the Event

Come join Pivot Theatre for our Halloween staged reading of The War of the Worlds, the infamous 1938 radio play. Written by Howard E. Koch (based on the novel by H.G. Wells), this production is renowned for the panic it caused amongst radio listeners who mistook it for actual news bulletins rather than a work of fiction. This misunderstanding led to police trying to intervene, and scripts being hidden to avoid being destroyed. One study after the event even concluded, "around six million people heard 'The War of the Worlds' broadcast... (it's) estimated that 1.7 million listeners believed the broadcast was an  actual news bulletin and, of those, 1.2 million people were frightened  or disturbed." (Wikipedia)

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students/seniors (plus GST).

Refund Policy: 

We are only able to issue refunds if the show is cancelled for any reason. Please note this means you will not receive a refund if you are late or choose not to attend.

Accessibility Info: 

The church entrance, foyer, and audition room are all located on the ground floor. There are no steps up or down to any surface. The doorways are all of average width. There is an all-gender restroom on the ground floor as well. 

If you need any other accommodations (i.e., an interpreter) or have any other questions about accessibility, please reach out to us at

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