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ABOUT THE SHOW

With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Richard Stilgoe and choreography by Arlene Phillips, Starlight Express has been seen by over 20 million people and gross box office world-wide is estimated at over $1.2 billion dollars.

A child’s train set magically comes to life and the various engines compete to become the “Fastest – engine in the World”! The underdog, Rusty the Steam train, has little chance until he is inspired by the legend of the “Starlight Express” and ultimately defeats his arch-rivals Greaseball and Electra before going on to win the hand of the lovely first class coach, Pearl.

The show opened at the Apollo Victoria in London on 27th March 1984, taking the revolutionary approach of building a race track all the way around the auditorium. In April 1991 Starlight Express became the second longest running musical in London theatre history at that time.

The show has been produced over the world from the USA to Japan and Australia. There is also a production in Bochum Germany which has been running for over 25 years and has been seen by an incredible fifteen million people.

A wonderfully drilled, infectiously energetic, exhilarating company… dazzling.

The Times
You have to see it, and still you won’t believe it.

Daily Telegraph
A musical that surpasses everything around in every dimension.

Daily Express
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s revamped version. A double surprise and pleasure to discover a reborn theatrical delight.

Daily Mail

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THE CREATIVE TEAM

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBERWriter
Andrew Lloyd Webber is the composer of some of the world’s best known musicals including Cats, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard. He is currently working on a stage version of the movie School…Read More
RICHARD STILGOE
RICHARD STILGOELyrics
Richard Stilgoe lives in Surrey and has five children and two grandchildren. As well as song writing, he runs The Orpheus Trust and is involved in many music education projects – including the Stilgoe Saturday Concerts at the Royal Festival Hall and the National Foundation for Youth Music.Read More
ARLENE PHILLIPS
ARLENE PHILLIPSChoreography
Arlene Philips has worked with stars from film and TV to theatre and arenas, as well as becoming one of Britain’s favourite television judges. Her producing credits include The Sound of Musicals and The Very Hot Gossip Show for Channel 4; Britannia High for ITV; DanceX for BBC1…Read More
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Over 15 million people have been to see Starlight Express in Bochum, Germany

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Starlight Express has generated over $1.4 billion in ticket sales

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The German production has worn through over 14,000 wheels and 10,000 knee pads

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The original London production was performed 7,406 times before it closed in 2002

PERFORM THE SHOW

If you are involved with an amateur dramatic society, school, college, church group or youth group and would like to stage a musical, then you can’t go wrong with a Andrew Lloyd Webber classic!

The catalogue includes family favourites such as Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Starlight Express and more.

To find out more about how the licensing process works and how much it might cost to put on one of the these world-renowned musicals, visit the Stage a Musical website »