Belle the Bar Car was added to the Bochum production of Starlight Express in June 2018. While sharing the name with Belle the Sleeping Car, the two characters have no other elements in common - Belle the Bar Car is effectively a replacement for Ashley the Smoking Car, and her costume design reflects this. Unlike Belle the Sleeping Car, the Bar Car does not sing a solo.

Belle appeared in the 2017 Workshop, but still under the guise of a Sleeping Car. However she fulfilled the same role in the show as one of the four coaches, not as Poppa's old partner.

Role

Belle is one of the established coaches in the train set - she is friends with Dinah and Carrie the Luggage Van. She races with Coco the French Engine, but her drinking habit causes her poor performance in the race. She seems to have the same personality traits as Ashley.

Appearance

Belle's appearance is borrowed heavily from her predecessor, Ashley the Smoking Car. Belle wears an altered bodice with windows and the lettering "LOUNGE CAR", replacing Ashley's ashtrays. She has folded napkins above, similar to Dinah, but high across her neckline. Her headpiece is a tray of glasses, with the lettering "COCKTAILS". Her sleeves are altered from Ashley's to resemble smart pinstripes, and she wears a shirt-collar as a choker. Otherwise she retains Ashley's lampshade skirt, and tobacco-brown colour palette.

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Cast

Bochum, Germany

2018 - 2019 Rochelle Sherona
2019 - 2020 Emmanuelle N'Zuzi
2020 - 2021 Dieuwke Tönissen
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