The production will begin performances at the Troubadour Theatre on the 8th June 2024.

It has been announced that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1984 musical is set to return to the London stage from June 2024, directed by Luke Sheppard (The Little Big Things).

As a child’s train set magically comes to life and the engines race to become the fastest in the world, Rusty the steam train has little hope of winning until he is inspired by the legend of the ‘Starlight Express’.

The musical originally opened at the Apollo Theatre in 1984, closing in 2002 with the choreography being originally provided by Arlene Phillips. As well as music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the musical also features lyrics by Richard Stilgoe. This revival of Starlight Express will feature new orchestrations and musical supervision by Matthew Brind and has new choreography by Ashley Nottingham (Pacific Overtures).

While casting has yet to be confirmed, the creative team behind this revival includes: Tim Hatley (Back to the Future) who will be designing the sets, with Gabriella Slade (Six) on costume design and Phillips part of the creative team, alongside video designer Andrzej Goulding (Life of Pi), lighting designer Howard Hudson (& Juliet) and sound designer Gareth Owen (MJ the Musical).

In a statement, Luke Sheppard said: “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!”

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