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Plot Synopsis

A child’s train set magically comes to life and the various engines compete to become the “Fastest – engine in the World”! The underdog, Rusty the Steam train, has little chance until he is inspired by the legend of the “Starlight Express” and ultimately defeats his arch-rivals “Greaseball” and ‘Electra before going on to win the hand of the lovely first class coach, Pearl.

The Definitive version of Starlight Express is now available to schools, colleges and universities. This is the version of the show that you’ll have just seen on tour in the UK which includes the new song I do and the full Megamix. The classic moments of the show still remain such as U.N.C.O.U.P.L.E.D., Rolling Stock, Pumping Iron and AC/DC.
With an eclectic mix of styles, the new Definitive Starlight Express, truly is a show with something for everyone.

This is the fastest and most dynamic musical you will ever experience, however you choose to perform it! The show has a rock / pop score with enormous appeal for teenagers.

Show Licence Agreement

Starlight Express is licensed to Youth Groups, academic schools and colleges, and universities subject to the terms and conditions listed in the licence below. When you apply for a licence you will be asked to confirm that you have read and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. To read the Starlight Express Licence agreement

Licence for Academic Schools, Colleges and Universities – Click here

Licence for Youth Groups – Click here

How Much Does It Cost?

When you make your show licence application you will be taken through to the show licence quotation page. This quote will be based on the details you provide.

For Schools, Colleges and Universities in the UK the cost of the licence is the greater of £200 + VAT per performance or 16% of your Box Office takings.

Show Logo

There is a compulsory charge of £75 + VAT for the official logo for Starlight Express.
This will be included as part of your show licence quote.

Hire Music Materials

You will need to hire music scores and parts from the Music Sales Hire Library once you have obtained a performance licence. You must order your materials at least 2 weeks before they are required to allow time for the order to be processed and delivered.

Hire Tariffs

The hire tariffs below apply to licence holders in the UK & Eire.
For countries outside of the UK, the agency through whom you obtained the licence will be able to advise you with regards to music materials.

Definitive Starlight Express – Minimum Hire Package: £450 + postage
3 x Vocal Scores for 3 months
3 x Libretti / Piano Vocal Scores for 3 months
Full Scores and orchestral materials for 1 month
Click Tracks for 1 month
Keyboard Programming for 1 month*

Vocal Scores, Libretti, Libretto / Vocal Scores can be hired separately or in addition to the Minimum Hire Package for an additional hire cost.
The cost to extend the length of hire is 50% of the Minimum Package cost per additional month.
Please contact the Music Sales Hire Library for more information.

*The keyboard programming is provided in Apple Mainstage format and can be used with generic keyboard. We recommend that a footswitch is connected to change keyboard sound and also a volume pedal. The keyboard programming must be copied to the hard drive before use as it will not be fast enough running directly from the DVD


Definitive Starlight Express 8 Piece
The music materials for this show will need to be hired from the Music Sales hire Library once you have obtained a show licence.

*The Definitive Starlight Express requires click tracks and keyboard programming which are provided with the hire set.

  • Woodwind (Piccolo, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Flute)
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Keyboard I (keyboard programming provided)
  • Keyboard II (keyboard programming provided)
  • Guitar (Electric, Acoustic)
  • Bass
  • Drums

Cast Requirements


  • Rusty
  • Pearl
  • Electra
  • Greaseball
  • Poppa
  • Dinah
  • Duvay
  • Buffy
  • Hip Hopper 1
  • Hip Hopper 2
  • Hip Hopper 3
  • Caboose
  • Dustin
  • Flat Top
  • Engine 1 – Nintendo
  • Engine 2 – Ruhrgold
  • Engine 3 – Turnov
  • Engine 4 – Pow/Trax 2
  • Trax
  • Purse
  • Joule
  • Volta
  • Wrench
  • Voice of Control

STARLIGHT EXPRESS BACKING TRACK PACKAGE – Available to Schools and Junior Groups

We have recently developed new backing tracks for STARLIGHT EXPRESS. This is for the Full Length edition of the show.

STARLIGHT EXPRESS Backing Track Package – Full Length Edition
This edition corresponds with the full 8 Piece version of STARLIGHT EXPRESS and is 110 minutes in length.

The backing tracks include vocals for rehearsal purposes and some without vocals for performance. The backing tracks are available to hire as part of a STARLIGHT EXPRESS Backing Track Package to all licensed groups.

The STARLIGHT Backing Track Package includes 1 x set of backing tracks, 1 x piano vocal score and 1 x libretto book.

To apply for a licence to perform the STARLIGHT EXPRESS Full Length edition, please register, follow the steps to ‘Apply Now’ and select ‘STARLIGHT EXPRESS’.

Listen to samples of the backing tracks:-


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Performed by: Carmel Thomas Youth Singers
Produced By: Julian Hepple

More About The Show

With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Richard Stilgoe and choreography by Arlene Phillips, Starlight Express has been seen by almost 20 million people and gross box office world-wide is estimated at over £270 million.

The show opened at the Apollo Victoria in London on 27th March 1984. In April 1991 Starlight Express became the second longest running musical in London theatre history at that time. The show has also been produced in Germany, the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and Mexico, as well as having a production on ice in 1997.

In 1993 the entire creative team re-grouped to revise the show for a new generation. Five new songs were added (including “Next Time You Fall in Love” with lyrics by Don Black), numbers were re-choreographed and the show was re-launched at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London.

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