Full cast announced for UK tour of STARLIGHT EXPRESS


Bill Kenwright presents one of the best loved and longest running musicals in theatrical history, as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sensational Starlight Express explodes back onto the stage with a new production for 2012, set to take the UK by electrifying storm.

Starlight Express will put on its skates and race to its first destination, New Wimbledon Theatre, from Friday 11 May 2012. 

Previous tour production shot
Photo by Jens Hauer
Starlight Express opened to packed houses at the Apollo Victoria in London’s West End in 1984 where it ran for over 7000 performances. It is one of the most successful musicals ever with the German production still running in Bochum after 25 years.

Light years ahead of the rest, this futuristic tale about love and hope in the face of adversity promises to take you on the ride of a lifetime – with two hours of speed, spectacle, energy, daredevil stunts and turbo charged excitement, combined with an electrifying sound track, dazzling sets and costumes, extraordinary roller-choreography and some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most memorable musical hits.

Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote Starlight Express originally for his own children. His extensive credits include The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Cats. He pioneered television casting for musical theatre with the Emmy Award-winning BBC series How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? His awards include seven Tonys, three Grammys including Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Requiem, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, two International Emmys, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre and the Kennedy Center Honor. He currently owns seven London theatres, including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and the London Palladium.

Internationally renowned choreographer and popular television judge Arlene Phillips is back on board as Director and Choreographer. Arlene choreographed the original West End production and directed and choreographed several subsequent productions of the show. Her extensive credits also include The Wizard of Oz, Saturday Night Fever, The Sound of Music, Grease, We Will Rock You and Jesus Christ Superstar. 

Previous tour production shot
Photo by Jens Hauer

Getting their skates back on for the UK Tour will be Mykal Rand, who joined the cast of Starlight Express in 1987 and has since performed in over six different productions of the show spanning an incredible eighteen years. As well as playing the role of Electra, Mykal is also Associate Director/Choreographer and Resident Director for the tour. Joining him on stage will be Kristofer Harding as Rusty (Starlight Express 2007 UK Tour), Jamie Capewell as Greaseball (Starlight Express; West End, UK Tour & Buchum) Lothair Eaton as Poppa (Starlight Express Las Vegas, Bochum and New Zealand totaling over 2,500 performances to date), Amanda Coutts as Pearl (Starlight Express, Bochum) and Ruthie Stephens as Dinah (Starlight Express UK Tour 2004 – 2008).

The cast for Starlight Express also includes Kelsie Cobban, Camilla Hardy, Robert Nurse, Lex Milczarek, Glenn Robb, Stuart Armfield, Gavin Ashbarry, James Marshall, Nick Bower, Kris Manuel, Andy Barke, Tristan Adams, Matt King, Adam Illsley, Lisa Dahmane, Louise Lenihan, Sarah Riches, Aaron Piper, Darryl Paul Saunders, Tony Andrade, Kerry Stammers and Samantha Foker.

Buckle up; the race is truly back on!


Thursday 10 – Saturday 19 May
New Wimbledon Theatre Website:

Tuesday 29 May – Saturday 16 June
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford Website:

Tuesday 19 – Saturday 30 June
The Lowry, Salford Quays Website:

Tuesday 3 – Saturday 14 July
Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh Website:

Tuesday 17 – Saturday 28 July
Liverpool Empire Theatre Website:

Tuesday 31 July – Saturday 18 August
BIC Windsor Hall, Bournemouth Website:

Tuesday 21 August – Saturday 1 September
Concert Hall, Nottingham Website:

Tuesday 4 – Saturday 15 September
Southend Theatres Website:

Monday 17 – Saturday 29 September
Venue Cymru, Llandudno Website:

Tuesday 2 – Saturday 13 October
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Website:

Tuesday 16 – Saturday 27 October
Hull New Theatre Website:

Tuesday 30 October – Saturday 10 November
Winter Gardens, Blackpool Website:

Tuesday 13 – Saturday 24 November
Empire Theatre, Sunderland Website:

Tuesday 27 November – Saturday 8 December
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton Website:

Tuesday 11 – Saturday 29 December
New Theatre, Oxford Website:

Tuesday 29 January – Saturday 9 February 2013 Box Office: 028 7126 4455 
Millennium Forum, Londonderry Website: