Starlight Express Closes in London, Jan. 12

News   Starlight Express Closes in London, Jan. 12

Given the current rail chaos in the Greater London area it is ironic that the stage trains which make up Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express are finally grinding to a halt after a strike-free run of nearly 18 years at the Apollo Victoria.

This run made the show, originally written with Lloyd Webber's older children in mind, his second longest-running musical, after Cats, which continues to flourish at the New London Theatre.

The show will continue to be seen in Germany, where it plays at a specially-built theatre in Bochum, and there is talk of a tour, but its closure at the Apollo Victoria marks the end of an era for children's theatre in London.

The cast and crew of Starlight Express have already had a farewell party, but there will be a reception after the final performance on Saturday as well.

Bombay Dreams, which Lord Lloyd Webber is producing, will take over at the Apollo Victoria in June - a press release confirming casting and other details is expected next week.

—by Paul Webb Theatrenow