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STARLIGHT EXPRESS TO CLOSE 12th JAN 2002
It has been announced that Andrew Lloyd's Webber's Starlight Express will close on 12th Jan 2002 after a run of just under 18 years, by when it will have played 7,406 times to more than eight million people.
The show opened 27th March 1984 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
The show is the second longest running musical in West End history, after Cats, which has been showing for 20 years.
However, fans of the musical can look forward to a national tour and a television series based on the musical.
Plans are also well advanced for a stadium production of the show, which features a roller-skating cast, in other countries.
Lord Lloyd Webber said: "Starlight Express has had an amazing run. It is a show dear to my heart as I wrote it for my older children, now 24 and 22, and I want to turn it into something my younger children will enjoy.
"Its final performance will be a very emotional experience for all of us who have been close to it for the past 18 years.
"I have long wanted to see it presented in Britain in a purpose-built environment as we have in Germany.
Andrew Lord Lloyd Webber's new musical Bombay Dreams, is expected to take its place at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
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