Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express Returns to London in Spectacular Fashion

Published Thu, 21 September 2023

Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical, 'Starlight Express,' is set to make a triumphant return to London's theater scene next year. This revival will be accompanied by the creation of a specially designed venue at Wembley, adding an extra layer of anticipation to the production's comeback.

Scheduled for a summer debut, the Starlight Auditorium at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre will host this beloved Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Having last graced London's stages in January 2002, 'Starlight Express' is poised to rekindle its magic after over two decades. The musical, which originally embarked on its journey in 1984, enjoyed an astonishing 18-year run.

The show, featuring a 40-strong cast, is expected to breathe new life into the classic storyline. Andrew Lloyd Webber himself promises an exciting plot twist that will captivate both loyal fans and newcomers.

Under the directorial guidance of Luke Sheppard, known for his work on '&Juliet,' the production will feature fresh choreography by Ashley Nottingham. Arlene Phillips, a creative dramaturg, will return to lend her expertise to the project.

Andrew Lloyd Webber expressed his excitement about the revival, highlighting the immersive nature of the musical. He teased a "big new plot twist" and emphasized the significance of steam power in the future of the railway.

'Starlight Express' recounts the story of Rusty, a youthful steam engine with aspirations to outshine his more contemporary counterparts and win the admiration of Pearl, a first-class coach.

This revival is the second offering from Lloyd Webber Harrison Musicals, a collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and award-winning producer Michael Harrison, following the successful debut of 'Sunset Boulevard' at the Savoy Theatre. As the anticipation builds, London theatergoers can look forward to the return of a classic that promises to be an unforgettable experience.