- Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
- Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe
- Design by John Napier
- Direction and choreography by Arlene Phillips
- Assistant Director/Choreographer Ruthie Stephens (Mykal Rand from August 2019)
- Assistant Director Steven Rosso
- Assistant Choreographer Debbie Hearnden
- Musical direction by Graham Hurman
- Sound design by Gareth Owen
- Lighting by Rob Sinclair
- Video and projection design by Duncan McLean
- Skate Coach Michal Fraley
- German text by Sabine Grohmann and Wolfgang Adenberg
- Orchestrations by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Reference, official site
The script was altered to clarify that Control is playing with toy trains. He refers to Rusty as "the first train I ever got (I was six)" and says of Pearl, "I have bought a new wagon, she cost three weeks' pocket money". The storytelling concerning Pearl and Rusty's relationship was also tightened.
Multiple changes were made:
- Ashley and Buffy were replaced by Belle the Bar Car and Carrie the Luggage van
- The Hip Hoppers reverted to Rockies
- The Nationals saw the Japanese engine rebranded as Manga
- Purse was replaced by Killerwatt as Electra's messenger
The story was also refocused to redress the gender imbalance. To this end, a female character was added to each "set" of characters:
- Poppa became Mama in the principal Engines
- Rocky 3 became female
- the National Engines saw the French Engine change from the male, Bobo, to the female, Coco.
In the opposite direction, Volta became male.
The score was considerably rewritten, particularly in the first quarter.
One of the most controversial and unpopular elements of the workshop was carried over - Control breaks into the Overture crying "Stop that boring music!" to introduce the National Engines. The Overture consists of the same musical arrangement as the introduction to the "Starlight Sequence", and as such is one of the key musical themes in the show; to have Control dismiss this beautiful music as "boring" is jarring and alienating.
John Napier supervised significant costume redesigns, alongside costumes for the new characters Belle, Carrie, Manga and Killerwatt.
Electra's costume changed from red and blue to black and silver. Caboose also had a major redesign, absorbing "gangsta/mobster" elements, including a trilby hat, and a predominantly navy colour palette.
All the makeup designs were softened, with minimal use of vivid colours and strong geometric shapes.
At the 2018 annual "open day" the theatre offered free show tickets to children dressed in the new costume designs, and half-price tickets for adults in the new costumes.
|Rusty||Blake Patrick Anderson||Pearl||Georgina Hagen|
|Greaseball||Ben Carruthers||Dinah||Rose Ouellette|
|Mama||Reva Rice||Belle the Bar Car||Rochelle Sherona|
|Electra||Sjoerd van der Meer||Carrie||Veronika Hammer|
|Rocky 1||Dewayne Adams||Coco||Clare Maynard|
|Rocky 2||Garry Kessing||Espresso||Anthony Hughes|
|Rocky 3||Lucy Glover||Ruhrgold||Will Luckett|
|Flat-Top||Darius James||Turnov||Luke Dowling|
|Dustin||Daniel Holley||Manga||Gary Sheridan|
|Caboose||Daniel Ellison||Brexit||Anthony Cragg|
|Killerwatt||Huon Mackley||Trax||Joey Egan|
|Wrench||Aisha Numah||Trax||Etienne Vogel|
|Joule||Amy Barker||Trax||Jeremy Suarez Jimenez|
|Swing||Gemma Archer||Swing||Bianca Atalaya|
|Swing||Lacy Jordinson||Swing||Danielle Lockwood|
|Swing||Carla Pullen||Swing||Sian Jones|
|Swing||David Brown||Swing||Daniel Joey|
|Swing||Marc McFadyen||Swing||Andrew Millar|
|Swing||Tom Nihill||Swing||George Olney|
|Swing||Stuart Rouse||Swing||Paul Shipp|
Additional cast February 2019:
- Jeffrey Socia as Greaseball / Electra cover (due to Richard Woodford medical absence)
- Paddy Joe Martin
The cast list was announced as the new cast began rehearsals in February 2019.
- 27 New to the cast
- Musical director - Matt Ramplin
- 1st assistant musical director - Christopher Duffy
- 2nd assistant musical director - Tim Davies
- Keyboard 1 - Michael Weiß
- Keyboard 2 - Bastian von der Linde
- Guitar 1 - Felix Theiss
- Guitar 2 - Bruno Blättler
- Bass - Ian Stewart
- Drums - Ralf Neuhaus
The cast list was announced as the new peformers began rehearsals in February 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the show was put on hiatus before performances began.
Starlight Express is due to resume performances in October 2021 following the shutdown due to Covid-19. The cast list was published in July 2021 as the cast begin rehearsals.