Starlight Express heading to Sunderland

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THEATRE’S fastest show is whizzing into Sunderland.

Starlight Express, in which the cast perform on roller skates, is back on the stage and will play at the Sunderland Empire this autumn.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is a futuristic tale of love and hope with daredevil stunts and turbo charged excitement, as the actors whip round the stage as trains.

Tickets are on sale now for the show, which is one of the longest running musicals in theatrical history.

The production will be at the High Street West venue from November 13 to November 24.

Ben Phillips, general manager of the Sunderland Empire said: “We are thrilled to welcome Starlight Express back onto the Sunderland Empire stage and even more so that this is the only North East date on the UK tour.

“Starlight is one of the most successful shows in theatre history and we are certain Bill Kenwright, producer of smash hits Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat and Blood Brothers to name a few, will make this a revival a roaring success, proving ever more popular with audiences across the region.”

The show will be directed and choreographed by TV judge Arlene Phillips.

Leading the cast as Electra will be Mykal Rand, who joined the cast of Starlight Express in 1987 and has since performed in about six different productions of the show, spanning 18 years.

Starlight Express opened to packed houses at the Apollo Victoria in London’s West End in 1984, where it ran for more than 7,000 performances.

It is one of the most successful musicals ever with the German production still running in Bochum after 25 years.

Andrew Lloyd Webber - whose other credits include Evita, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera - wrote Starlight Express originally for his own children.

•For tickets priced £19.50 - £39.50 (Premium Seats also available) call 0844 871 3022 or go to www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland.