The First UK Tour of Starlight Express ran from November 2004 - 2008, and then continued as the 2009 New Zealand Tour. Technically this tour is counted as two productions, with the November 2004 - September 2005 Tour being a separate entity to the February 2006 - March 2008 Tour. However, practically and artistically, the 2006 run was a continuation of the earlier production with a smaller, more flexible set and a new cast.

Production Specifics

The First UK Tour started in Manchester in November 2004, produced by David Ian and Clear Channel Productions, in association with Troika Entertainment. Following the closure in 2002 of the Original London Production of Starlight Express, there was considerable public appetite to see the popular show visit other parts of the country.

Despite the timing, the UK Tour bore little relation to the recently-closed London production, rather it was the continuation of the 2003 2nd US Tour, which was effectively a revival of the 1993 Las Vegas production.  That in turn, was a permanent residence for the 1989 1st US Tour, which had gone on the road directly after the Broadway Production closed.  Due to this heritage, the show used the "Vegas Showgirl" coaches' costumes, included Caboose, and used a different set of re-writes to the show that had closed in London.

Due to the restrictions of touring in regional theatres, performing live races was a technical impossibility.  So to compensate, the UK Tour used the 3D race footage filmed in 2002 for the US tour.  


UK06 Tour stage

The 2004 set was a clever reduction of familiar elements of the Starlight set - the mobile bowl, the split level set.  It included a "lollypop" shaped track into the stalls.  Although this set was as small and portable as possible, it was still too big to fit into many regional theatres, so for 2006 the set was replaced with the non-set that consisted of arches across the back of the stage, and two portable push-on ramps.  This arrangement allowed more room for skating, but little in the way of actual set.  

Tour Dates

City 2004 - 2005 Dates
Manchester Palace? Theatre 01/11/2004 - 04/12/2004
Sunderland Empire Theatre 08/12/2004 - 05/01/2005
Bristol Hippodrome 26/01/2005 - 05/03/2005
Oxford New Theatre 09/03/2005 - 26/03/2005
Edinburgh Theatre 30/03/2005 - 07/05/2005
Southampton Mayflower Theatre 11/05/2005 - 18/06/2005
Liverpool Theatre 22/06/2005 - 30/07/2005
Birmingham Theatre 03/08/2005 - 10/09/2005
City 2006 Dates
Torquay Theatre 06/02/2006 - 25/02/2006
Milton Keynes Theatre 28/02/2006 - 14/03/2006
Stoke on Trent Theatre 21/03/2006 - 08/04/2006
Cardiff Theatre 11/04/2006 - 29/04/2006
Woking Victoria? Theatre 02/05/2006 - 27/05/2006
Norwich Theatre 30/05/2006 - 24/06/2006
Glasgow Theatre 04/07/2006 - 22/07/2006
Dublin Theatre 26/07/2006 - 19/08/2006
Eastbourne Theatre 23/08/2006 - 09/09/2006
Southend on Sea Theatre 12/09/2006 - 23/09/2006
Grimsby Theatre 26/09/2006 - 07/10/2006
Bournemouth Theatre 17/10/2006 - 04/11/2006
Wimbledon New Theatre 14/11/2006 - 02/12/2006
Leicester Theatre 02/12/2006 - 30/12/2006
City 2007 - 2008 Dates
Manchester Theatre 10/01/2007 - 03/02/2007
Liverpool Theatre 06/02/2007 - 24/02/2007
Birmingham Theatre 27/02/2007 - 17/03/2007
Southampton Mayflower 20/03/2007 - 07/04/2007
Sunderland Theatre 10/04/2007 - 28/04/2007
Edinburgh Theatre 01/05/2007 - 19/05/2007
Canterbury Theatre 22/05/2007 - 09/06/2007
Hull Theatre 12/06/2007 - 30/06/2007
Bristol Theatre 17/07/2007 - 11/08/2007
Bradford Theatre 14/08/2007 - 08/09/2007
Nottingham Theatre 11/09/2007 - 29/09/2007
Belfast Theatre 03/10/2007 - 20/10/2007
Stockholm Theatre 01/11/2007 - 03/11/2007
Gothenburg Theatre 08/11/2007 - 10/11/2007
Oslo Theatre 15/11/2007 - 17/11/2007
Oxford New Theatre 11/12/2007 - 05/01/2008
Aberdeen Theatre 21/01/2008 - 09/02/2008
Plymouth Theatre 11/02/2008 - 01/03/2008

2004-2005 Cast

1st November 2004 - September 2005

Finale Uk05 19
2004 - 2005 Cast
Rusty James Gillan Pearl Jane Horn
Greaseball Tom Kanavan Dinah Tanya Robb
Electra Mykal Rand Ashley Amy Field
Poppa Anton Stephens Buffy Ashley Hale
Hopper 1 Johnny Shentall Purse Matthew Boulton
Hopper 2 Tyman Boatwright Wrench Ruthie Stephens
Hopper 3 Craig McDermott Volta Lauren Brooke
Flat-top Paul Christopher Joule Danielle-Leigh Morris
Dustin Gavin Ashbarry Swing Tony Andrade
Caboose Grant Murphy Swing Jamie Capewell
Ruhrgold Jake Samuels Swing Lucinda Gill
Turnov Chris Thatcher Swing James Marshall
Nintendo Philippe Reynolds Swing Andrew Millar
Prince of Wales Adam Floyd Swing Carla Pullen
Trax Matt King

2006-07 Cast

2006 - 2007 Cast
Rusty Oliver Thornton Pearl Miria Parvin
Greaseball Tom Kanavan Dinah Lucy-Jane Adcock
Electra Mykal Rand Ashley Amy Thornton / Rebecca Lisewski
Poppa Michael Samuels Buffy Alexandra Gotteschall
Hopper 1 Robert Nurse Purse Ben Draper
Hopper 2 Carlton Connell Wrench Bekki Carpenter
Hopper 3 Tony Andrade Volta Rebecca Lisewski
Flat-top Adam Ellis Joule Holly James
Dustin Gavin Ashbarry Swing Jamie Capewell
Caboose Stuart Armfield Swing Melanie Cripps
Ruhrgold Ryan Dixon Swing Lucinda Gill
Turnov James Marin Swing Lee Lomas
Nintendo Tim Driesen Swing James Marshall
Prince of Wales Gareth Davis Swing Andrew Millar
Trax Matt King Swing Leyla Pelligrini

2007 Cast

2007 - 2008 Cast
Rusty Kristofer Harding Pearl Gemma Atkins
Greaseball Tom Kanavan Dinah Lucy-Jane Adcock
Electra Mykal Rand Ashley Amy Thornton
Poppa Michael Samuels Buffy Kimmi Richards
Hopper 1 Damian Winter-Higgins Purse Ben Draper
Hopper 2 Ben Harrold Wrench Amy Webb
Hopper 3 Robert Nurse Volta Saskia Lockey
Flat-top Glenn Robb Joule Emma Stephens
Dustin Gavin Ashbarry Swing Tony Andrade
Caboose Cameron Neilson Swing Lucy Boldero
Ruhrgold Kris Manuel Swing Jamie Capewell
Turnov Mark Willshire Swing Lee Lomas
Nintendo Matt Krzan Swing Andrew Millar
Prince of Wales Mark Hedges Swing Ruthie Stephens
Trax Matt King




Starlight Promo DVD UK06:07

Starlight Promo DVD UK

Starlight Express UK Tour Promo Video

Starlight Express UK Tour - News Reel Meridian Tonight02:15

Starlight Express UK Tour - News Reel Meridian Tonight

Feature on the Southampton run inc Tom Kanavan interview

UK07 Only He Starlight Express04:56

UK07 Only He Starlight Express

Gemma Atkins and Kristofer Harding, 2007


2004 - 2005

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