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Nothing comes close to the thrill of Starlight Express and it's a privilege to be directing this brand-new production, which will bring audiences right up close to all the music, the wonder and the action that makes this show so iconic. We hope it will t

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Why See Starlight Express?

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The Race is On!

Starlight Express is officially back on track, in this brand-new site-specific production, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the show's debut in 1984. With music from Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics from Richard Stilgoe, it's a thrilling, steam-powered adventure that sees trains of all types compete to become the fastest engine in the world.

With an all-new creative team, including director Luke Sheppard, set designer Tim Hatley, costume designer Gabrielle Slade, and  Arlene Phillips, and an exciting futuristic twist, don't wait to get your skates on for this much-anticipated revival!

The cast will once again be skating on stage, and all around the audience in this specially created production for Wembley's Turbine Theatre. Alongside epic projections, some brand new songs, and more, it's going to be big and bold - as fitting for such a legendary show.

Right Place, Right Time

First staged in London in 1984 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre (now home to Wicked) Starlight Express was an instant classic. With actors whizzing around the stage singing the show's iconic songs such as the titular 'Starlight Express', 'Only You', and 'I Am The Starlight' it offered a heady experience to be enjoyed by audiences old and young. 

While the London production closed in 2002 (making it the West End's 9th longest-running musical), the show found new life in the town of Bochum, Germany, where it has now played since 1988 continuously, attracting over 20 million visitors.

What is the story?

Concerning a child's train set come to life, Starlight Express introduces us to a world where trains and coaches gear up to compete to become the world's fastest engine. Into this arena steps Rusty, a beaten-up old steamtrain. Can steam win out in the world of diesel freight trains and zippy new electric vehicles? Rusty certainly thinks so!

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Dates

Opening night: 30 June 2024

Cast and Creative

Cast

Jeevan Braich as Rusty
Kayna Montecillo as Pearl
Jade Marvin as Momma McCoy
Al Knott as Greaseball
Eve Humphrey as Dinah
Tom Pigram as Electra

Also starring: Ollie Augustin, Charles Butcher, Renz Cardenas, Catherine Cornwall, Jamie Cruttenden, Kelly Downing, Asher Forth, Sam Gallacher, Lucy Glover, Pablo Gómez Jones, Scott Hayward, Lilianna Hendy, Lewis Kidd, Hannah Kiss, Oscar Kong, Emily Martinez, Deearna Mclean, Marianthe Panas, David Peter-Brown, RED, Bethany Rose Lythgoe, Ashley Rowe, Gary Sheridan, Elly Shaw, Jessica Vaux, Jaydon Vijn, Lara Vina Uzcatia, Sharon Wattis and Ashlyn Weekes.

Creative

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe
Directed by Luke Sheppard 
Set Design by Tim Hatley
Costume design by Gabrielle Slade
Video design by Andrzej Goulding
Lighting design by Howard Hudson
Sound design by Gareth Owen
New orchestrations and musical supervision by Matthew Brind
Choreography by Ashley Nottingham

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A nostalgic visual spectacular that manages to be both as good as I remember and fairly fresh

When I was a child I went to see Starlight Express in 1996. Won over in only the way a 7-year-old can be by a theatre full of people on roller skates pretending to be trains, I took my glossy program with me everywhere for months...

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