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Starlight Express at The Troubadour Theatre

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Starlight Express at The Troubadour Theatre

KidRated’s Starlight Express Top Tips:


  • Arrive Early: Wembley has great transport links but parking can be a nightmare so if you’re travelling by car leave time to find a space
  • Dress comfortably: It’s an energetic and interactive show so dress for dancing
  • Take a Stadium: If you’ve got soccer mad kids consider combining your trip with a Wembley Stadium tour


Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Starlight Express” first premiered in 1984 and quickly became a massive hit, running for over 7,400 performances in London’s West End.


Its popularity extends to Germany, where it has been continuously performed in a custom-built theatre in Bochum since 1988, holding the Guinness World Record for most visitors to a single theatre.

Now Lord Lloyd Webber has replicated the German model and for his hit musical’s revival,  transferred it to The Troubadour – a custom built theatre in Wembley.

Set in a magical world where trains come to life on stage, the story follows Rusty, a young steam engine, and his quest to win a championship race and win the heart of Pearl, a first-class carriage.

The staging is nothing short of spectacular with a stage that transforms into a dynamic racetrack, complete with ramps and tracks that allow the cast to race and perform breathtaking stunts on roller skates.


Renowned for its cutting-edge special effects, the use of lights, sound, and projections create a really immersive experience, making the races feel thrilling with audiences inches away from the action. Also, the choreography on roller skates is a visual feast, combining speed, agility, and artistry.



Finally, with an energetic mix of rock, pop, and disco – memorable tracks include “Starlight Express,” “Light at the End of the Tunnel,” and “U.N.C.O.U.P.L.E.D.” all of which will become instant ear worms, driving the story forward and keeping the audience engaged.



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3 Fulton Rd, Wembley Park, Wembley HA9 0SP


Until February, 2025


Opening hours:

Run Time: 2hr (approx). Incl. 1 interval.

How to get there:

Railway station: Wembley Stadium/Wembley Park
Bus numbers: (Fulton Road) 206

Useful information:

A short walk from Wembley Park station which is just 12 minutes from Baker Street, Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre is located in the heart of Wembley Park.

Kid Rating

Wren KidRates Starlight Express

Wren, Age 5

Starlight Express is the best. My favourite character is Hydro, and he sang my favourite song. I want to go and see it again — tomorrow please!?

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