'Starlight Express' will return to London in 2024

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express has been seen by over twenty million people worldwide, and will make its return to London in a specially designed auditorium.

Kate Riley
Kate Riley

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express skates into the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre in a new production coming to London on 8 June 2024.

The musical originally opened in London at the Apollo Victoria in 1984 where it ran for over 7,400 performances. One of the most successful productions has been in Germany at the specially constructed Starlighthalle where it has been running since 1988.

"I am thrilled that Starlight Express will be powering down the tracks again," Andrew Lloyd Webber said in a statement. "The world's first truly immersive musical will this time be an experience like no other. Watch out for the big new plot twist and you will discover why steam power is the future of the railway."

Starlight Express is a high-energy musical that centres around a child's train set which magically springs to life. As engines race to be the fastest in the world, Rusty the steam train finds hope and inspiration in the legend of the Starlight Express.

Director Luke Sheppard (&Juliet, The Little Big Things) leads the creative team for this new production, which features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Richard Stilgoe. The team also includes set designer Tim Hatley (Back to the Future), video designer Andrzej Goulding (Life of Pi), costume designer Gabriella Slade (SIX), lighting designer Howard Hudson (&Juliet), and sound designer Gareth Owen (MJ the Musical). Matthew Brind provides new orchestrations and musical supervision.

Sheppard added in a statement: "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 take London by storm all over again, and be both a celebration of this legendary work, as well as passing the train set to a new generation in a big, bold, and reimagined way. We can’t wait to get our skates on!"

The Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre will be transformed into 'The Starlight Auditorium' with performances from 8 June 2024.

Check back for information on Starlight Express tickets on London Theatre.

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