Ex-Runshaw students bring new show home

The new musical 'STOP THE TRAIN' written by Rick Guard & Phil Rice from Chorley and Leyland, is coming to The Charter Theatre at Preston

The new musical 'STOP THE TRAIN' written by Rick Guard & Phil Rice from Chorley and Leyland, is coming to The Charter Theatre at Preston

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A new musical, ‘Stop the train’, written by Rick Guard and Phil Rice from Chorley and Leyland, is coming to The Charter Theatre at Preston on Thursday, September 3, as part of its tour of the North West.

The friends met at Runshaw College, and cut their teeth as performing musicians.

After several successful years in the music industry, Rick and Phil are now platinum-selling songwriters who have had hits around the world.

Stop The Train is a labour of love for the pair; after five years in the making Rick and Phil are determined to take it all the way to the West End.

If the show’s growing list of fans and supporters is anything to go by, it won’t take them long.

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans, wowed by a performance, invited the production to perform on the terrace at The House Of Commons.

The show is also teaming up with Virgin Trains and Preston North End for an impromptu flash mob performance this Wednesday at Preston Railway Station, to promote the Charter Theatre show.

Stop The Train is a deliciously new, life affirming and uplifting dark comedy, wrapped in a twisting love story.

It is a heady mix of song, twists, tension and humour.

Following a group of workers on a busy commuter train, the unorthodox behaviour of a mysterious passenger awakens their dreams and ambitions.

The musical features a cameo appearance from Strictly Come Dancing star, Russell Grant, who is a huge supporter of the show.

The entire cast and crew are talented actors from the region who have professionally trained at performing arts colleges.

Rick said: “The momentum generated by Stop The Train is unbelievable. It 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 and His Technicolour Dreamcoat, and Jesus Christ Superstar, has recently 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 a fledgling musical’s journey from Lancashire to the West End and the rise of two local boys who some are saying are the north west’s own Lloyd Webber and Rice.

The show at The Charter Theatre is the fourth stop on its journey receiving glowing praise on the way.

“This is a show that’s got something for everybody,” Rick added. “You’ll laugh, love the songs, and enjoy the surprises. It’s a really good night’s entertainment.”

For more information, visit www.stopthetrainmusical.com.