The most recent incarnation of Starlight Express toured the UK, produced by Bill Kenwright Ltd 10 years after closing in London's West End. The tour opened at The New Wimbledon Theatre on 11th May 2012 followed by its press launch on Monday 14th May 2012. The UK tour finished in February 2013, and was revived later in the year as the 2013 Asia Tour with predominantly the same cast and production materials.
This iteration of the touring production that started as the 2003 US Tour, and continued as the UK Tour 2004-2008, had some developments since its last run in New Zealand in 2009. New material was added in the form of "I Do" as a new 11th hour love duet for Pearl and Rusty; Ashley the Smoking Car was replaced by Duvay the Sleeping Car. The deleted number Girls Rolling Stock was re-introduced, giving Duvay and Buffy a few minutes in the spotlight. New contemporary sounding orchestrations were added, the lighting system modernised and updated, including a flying lighting bar used cleverly as a set piece, used to alter the space for scenes such as "Poppa's Blues". This worked as a small nod to the original London staging where the under-side of the bridge was used to enclose the space for this scene. The set also had LED screens across the back of the stage, which were used for graphics to enhance the action onstage.
|10 - 19 May||New Wimbledon Theatre|
|29 May - 16 June||Alhambra Theatre, Bradford|
|19 - 30 June||Lowry, Salford Quays|
|3 - 14 July||Playhouse, Edinburgh|
|17 - 28 July||Liverpool Empire|
|31 July - 18 Aug||BIC Windsor Hall, Bournemouth|
|21 Aug - 1 Sept||Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham|
|4 - 15 Sept||Cliffs Pavilion, Southend|
|18 - 29 Sept||Venue Cymru, Llandudno|
|2 - 13 Oct||His Majesty's Aberdeen|
|16 - 27 Oct||New Theatre, Hull|
|29 Jan - 9 Feb||Millennium Forum, Londonderry|
TV appearance - This Morning - "Whole Lotta Locomotion", 31st July 2012.