And the next stop will be Todmorden

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The new musical Stop the Train’ is pulling into Todmorden Hippodrome on December 12, on the last stop of its 2015 tour of the North West.

And after a two week detour to Edinburgh in the New Year it will be pulling onto its final destination - a platform in London’s West End.

After several successful years in the music industry the show’s creators Rick Guard and Phil Rice are now platinum selling songwriters who have had hits around the world.

Stop The Train is their labour of love. And now having spent five years creating it the pair will see it all the way to the West End.

“We are talking to three theatres in the West End so we’re definitely on our way,” said Rick. “We’ve just had airplay on Radio 2 for the show so everything is going very well.”

Lancashire MP Nigel Evans was wowed by a performance of the show and earlier this year invited the production to perform on the terrace at The House Of Commons. The show has also coupled up along the way with Virgin Trains to perform impromptu flash mobs at stations in various theatre towns.

Stop The Train is a deliciously life affirming and uplifting dark comedy, wrapped in a twisting love story with a heady mix of songs, tension and humour.

It follows a group of workers on a busy commuter train, where the unorthodox behaviour of a mysterious passenger awakens dreams and ambitions. The musical features a cameo appearance from stargazer Russell Grant, who is a huge fan.

The entire cast and crew are talented actors from the region who have professionally trained at North West performing arts colleges and at London based colleges such as RADA.

Said Rick: “I’m so grateful that we have gained such momentum in such a short time.

“The show is getting top industry support at every stage of it’s journey.”

TONY award winning, West End lighting director Nick Richings, famous for his work on Joseph & His Technicolour Dreamcoat, and Jesus Christ Superstar has joined the production, and the musical is the subject of a long term TV documentary by BAFTA and EMMY filmmaker Chris Swann, whose credits include programmes on Pavarotti and Paul McCartney.”

The programme about Stop The Train will chart the progress of the fledgling musical’s journey from Lancashire to the West End.

The show at The Hippodrome is the final destination this year.

Rick added: “You’ll laugh, love the songs, and enjoy the surprises...it’s a really good night’s entertainment.”

lFor more information visit www.stopthetrainmusical.com or go to www.todhip.com

Tickets will be available on the door but to be certain of getting your seat the theatre suggests booking beforehand.