Regional and Amateur Productions
Since 2013, Starlight Express has been available to schools and youth groups in a fairly limited license. The licensed production is effectively the 2012 UK Tour version of the show, including Duvay and "I Do"
Previous to this, there have been unlicensed productions around the world, walking a fine line legally but having freedom to produce a really fun show!
The first licensed amateur production was the 2004 Fairfield school, Ohio, trial schools production. The same school also trialled a schools production of "Phantom of the Opera".
Regional productions are also taking place across the USA, under different licensing restrictions to the UK. As of 2019 the Adult rights to perform the show have been withdrawn in the UK prior to updating the show with material from the 2018 Bochum show, but youth productions continue.
Add Your Production
Please add info about your own production! Where, when, who put on the show,and link us to photos/videos.
- 1 St Peter's School, Cambridge, New Zealand. May 5th - 11th 2017
- 2 Dundee Schools Music Theatre, Dundee, UK. August 2016
- 3 Gillian Banks Theatre School, Rotherham, UK. June 2016
- 4 Co-Op Juniors, Ipswich, UK. June 2016
- 5 West Potomac High School, Virginia, USA. May 2016
- 6 Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, UK. May 2016
- 7 MIDAS, Limerick, April 2016
- 8 Tempo Youth Theatre, Greater Manchester, March 2016
- 9 Mossley Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society, January 2016
- 10 Libertyville High School, November 2015
- 11 Futurist Youth Theatre, Yeadon, Leeds - June 2015
- 12 San Bernardino, California - April 2015
- 13 Amorevo, Madrid. October - November 2014
- 14 Calder Valley Youth Theatre, November 2014
- 15 Ryedale Youth Theatre, Malton, April 2014
- 16 Woodkirk Academy, March 2014
- 17 Heritage Hall, February 2014
- 18 Tuacahn Center for the Performing Arts, Utah, USA. June 2013
St Peter's School, Cambridge, New Zealand. May 5th - 11th 2017
Dundee Schools Music Theatre, Dundee, UK. August 2016
Dress Rehearsal Photos in TheCourier.co.uk
Gillian Banks Theatre School, Rotherham, UK. June 2016
North West End review by Paul Downham
Co-Op Juniors, Ipswich, UK. June 2016
Ipswich Star Feature
East Anglian Daily Times Review
West Potomac High School, Virginia, USA. May 2016
DC Metro Theater Arts Review
Directed by Philip Lee Clark
Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, UK. May 2016
Motiv8 Productions were the first adult group to be granted permission to perform Starlight Express . Through putting on this great fun show, Motiv8 were able to raise £5000 for Macmillan Cancer Support
You would have been able to catch up with the rolling stock at Yeovil's Octagon Theatre from May 6th to May 14th 2016. It played eight performances, four full houses and go eight standing ovations.
Rehearsals made it to the Western Gazette
Another article during the run up to opening night - including a good luck message to our Electra from the German production's Electra Western Gazette Article
Photo gallery from the Western Gazette
Some photos from the above gallery
MIDAS, Limerick, April 2016
The Irish premiere was staged in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick 13th-16th April 2016. This production was brought to stage entirely by full-time students, including director, choreographer, vocal mistress, costume designer, make up artist, PR team, props and backstage team.
Running for 7 shows (3 matinees and 4 shows), it was performed to over 3500 people and was met with great praise by audiences of young and old alike for these students who only in January of the same year had first set foot in rollerskates.
The cast list is as follows:
Rusty - Edmond Gubbins
Pearl - Emily Lohan
Poppa - Brian Finn
Greaseball - James Deegan
Electra - Brian McCarthy
Control - Lea Pepper
Dinah - Bronagh Murphy
Buffy - Kim Broderick
Duvay - Louise Cashman
Wrench - Aisling Cusack
Purse - Mykeala Tomlinson
Volta - Claire O'Neill
Joule - Niamh Fitzgibbon
Hip Hoppers - Eleanor O'Brien, Shanann O'Sullivan-Glynn, Ryan O'Sullivan Glynn
Flat Top - Jamie Mee
Dustin - Eimhin O'Meara
Caboose - Denis O'Sullivan
Ruhrgold - Eoin Hamell
Turnov - Robyn O'Brien
Nintendo - Tommy Barrett
Prince of Wales - Taylor Dillon
Greaseball's Gang - Catriona Feehily, Rachel Breen, Sophianne Horgan
Mother - Kate Galligan
Chorus - Niamh Browne, Lisa Simcox, Amanda Kearns, Emma O'Rourke, Rachel Spain, Bronagh Hogan
Choerogapher - Amanda Kearns
Director - Lee Dillon
Costume Mistress - Annie Hayes
Vocal Mistress - Emily Lohan
Make- Up - Azariah McCarthy
Production Stage Manager - Tina O'Dwyer
PR - Mark Noble
Tempo Youth Theatre, Greater Manchester, March 2016
North West End detailed review by Mark Dee.
Mossley Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society, January 2016
North West End Detailed review by Alistair Zyggu.
NODA review by Sharon Drummond
Libertyville High School, November 2015
Libertyville, IL. Show performed November 5th-8th, 2015.
Futurist Youth Theatre, Yeadon, Leeds - June 2015
San Bernardino, California - April 2015
This production also appears to be using the Tuacahn costumes, however with a new, sleeker (but clearly coded bad guy) Electra.
Amorevo, Madrid. October - November 2014
Calder Valley Youth Theatre, November 2014
Ryedale Youth Theatre, Malton, April 2014
Woodkirk Academy, March 2014
Tingley, West Yorkshire, England
Heritage Hall, February 2014
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Apparently this production inherited the costumes built for the Tuacahn, Utah production.