SOLD OUT! The Mechanical Theater Performs Orson Welles’s Radio Play War of the Worlds

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Date / Time

  • October 30, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States


On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles’ The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast a radio play of H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds over the airwaves that led many listeners to believe they were actually under attack.  The Mechanical Theater will perform Welles’ script with live actors and sound effects.  Pull up a chair at The Rosenbach and relive with us this thrilling night of radio drama. Aliens welcome!

About the Performers

Named for the star-crossed band of misfit performers from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Mechanical Theater specializes in creating theater at historic sites and museums.  This unconventional approach highlights Philadelphia’s unique and ubiquitous history, its impressive intellectual culture, as well as its physical beauty.

About Performances at the Rosenbach

From adaptations of beloved classics from page to stage to interactive performances inspired by great literature, experience theatrical arts in an intimate setting.

Seating is limited; advance registration is strongly recommended.


Sponsored by Arthur and Miriam Spector.