Blockbuster musicals head to Devon this January
ET your skates on to snap up a ticket for the fastest show on stage. Andrew Lloyd-Webber's rock musical Starlight Express is back on tour with a run at Torquay's Princess Theatre from Tuesday, January 15 until January 26.
One of the longest running musicals in West End history – 7,461 performances at London's Apollo Victoria over 18 years – the story, which was written by Lloyd Webber for his children, is about a youngster's dream when his toy train set comes alive.
In it, roller skating actors race to become the fastest engine in the world with macho rocker Greaseball, and newcomer Electra, "the engine of the future" battling it out. But Rusty the lovable rickety old steam train wins through for the heart of Pearl, the pretty observation car. Races will be featured in spectacular 3D, taking audiences right into the action.
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Electra will be Mykal Rand who joined Starlight in 1987. She has performed in six different productions and has earned rave reviews on this latest tour produced by Bill Kenwright. Also in the cast is Lothair Eaton who has played Poppa for more than a decade. Box office: 0844 8713023.
Rocky Horror Show:
FROM Tuesday, January 8 to January 12, dig out the naughty fishnets and stilettos and head to Torquay's Princess Theatre for Richard O'Brien's thoroughly outrageous, but fun, Rocky Horror Show. Enjoy the usual cast of weirdo characters including Frank'n'Furter and a great score with classic rock anthems like Sweet Transvestite and Time Warp. Box office: 0844 8713023.
THE first UK tour of Dirty Dancing comes to Plymouth's Theatre Royal for three weeks, featuring all the much-loved characters and original dialogue from the iconic 1987 film. Expect great dance sequences and brand new choreography setting off the unforgettable soundtrack. Songs such as Do You Love Me?, Hungry Eyes and the Academy Award winning (I've Had) The Time Of My Life. Also featured are many more songs not on the original recording.
This first UK tour has already broken box office records across the country. American actress Jill Winternitz stars as idealistic Baby Houseman, the role taken by Jennifer Grey in the film, who discovers love and life in a summer she will never forget. Paul-Michael Jones, who has attracted huge critical and public acclaim on the tour so far stars as Johnny Castle made famous by Patrick Swayze in the smash hit movie.
The show runs from Tuesday, January 22 to Saturday, February 9. Box office: 01752 267222.
Licence To Thrill:
IF you're getting withdrawal symptoms after the end of Strictly Come Dancing, never fear. One of the show's top professional stars, Brendan Cole, brings his dazzling show Licence To Thrill with a cast of 20 musicians and dancers to Plymouth Pavilions on January 27. Cole, one of Strictly's most characterful choreographers and performers, hosts an evening of ballroom magic and Latin excitement. Box office: 0845 1461460.