Skates on for ‘Starlight Express’

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Get your skates on to catch one of the best-loved and longest-running musicals in theatrical history when Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sensational ‘Starlight Express’ races to the Millennium Forum for a week-long run from Tuesday 5th February for the only Irish dates on its new tour.

‘Starlight Express’ opened to packed houses at the Apollo Victoria in London’s West End in 1984 where it ran for over 7,000 performances. It is one of the most successful musicals ever, with the German production still running in Bochum after 25 years. Since opening in London, the production has accrued some astonishing facts:

The top speed recorded by a skater in the show was 40 miles per hour.

Over 20,000 pairs of skate laces, 25,000 skate wheels and 15,000 toe stops were used during the run of the original London production and the skaters have got through 1,200,000 boxes of tissues and 12,000 gallon 
bottles of water.

Over 2,000 pairs of false eyelashes, 8,000 tins of base make-up and 2,000 tubs of make-up remover were applied during the original London run.

The bridge featured in the original London production weighed five and a half tonnes. Six miles of timber, two and a half acres of sheet wood and 60 tonnes of steel were used to construct the original London set.

When the set was first built, 750 gallons of paint and varnish and 90,000 feet of trussing were w used and there were 1,500 light bulbs and 1,200 lanterns along with 6,000 pea lights on the back wall of the set to create the star effect.

Alan Newman, a postman from Kent, saw the original London production over 750 times and estimated spending over £21,000 on tickets. Light years ahead of the 
rest, this futuristic tale about love and hope in the face 
of adversity promises to 
take you on the ride of a lifetime – with two hours of speed, spectacle, energy, daredevil stunts and turbo-charged excitement, combined with an electrifying soundtrack,

To book tickets contact the Millennium Forum box office on 7126 4455.