Belfast Telegraph


By John Grayden

Another of Andrew Lloyd Webber's massive hits makes its Ulster debut next month. The latest incarnation of Starlight Express comes to Belfast's Grand Opera House 23 years after it opened in London's West End. Kristopher Harding as Rusty leads the roller-skating cast when they glide into town on October 3. The show's highly energetic cast will be here for almost three weeks until October 20.Meanwhile, another of the theatre's big autumn shows, Beauty and The Beast, continues until September 22.

** Move quickly if you want to see the Ulster Operatic Company's re-run of High School Musical. Andy McKnight's production sold out within days earlier this year and extra performances had to be hastily scheduled to meet demand.

The show is being repeated at Stranmillis College Theatre from November 18-24.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster online, on 0870 5344444 or at the company's outlet at the Virgin store on Belfast's Royal Avenue.

** St Agnes' Choral Society has been in intensive rehearsals for its appearance at the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera next week. The company has been working at the Belvoir Players studio bringing John Dallas' production of The Mikado, staged at the Grand Opera House in May, back up to scratch. An invited audience will see the show next week before it opens the festival on Friday night.

** Fortwilliam Musical Society members have a busy start to the season with two concerts this month. They open with a fundraiser for the Knights of Columbanus at Ballymena's Adair Arms Hotel on September 28. Two nights later they repeat the evening at Belfast's St Malachy's College for the organisation. Tickets for both concerts can be obtained on 07887 984496 or online at

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