Belle's Domain
Starlight Express
Ashley, the Smoking Car.
Ashley's the smoking car, the last one in the land. One of the more mature characters, in london at least she was in a stable relationship with Bobo. Wise and caring, Ashley knows that racing's not worth the stress- she'd rather nip outside for a cigarette! Once Belle had been cut from the show, Ashley took over her vocal line in Rolling Stock: Reprise, making her fairly demanding vocally, however she is principally a dancing role.

Her costume reflects her status as a comfortable saloon car. Her bodice is wooden panels, her skirt is a lampshade trimmed with fringed braid. On her bust are ashtrays. Her hair is styled up into a chimney. Her overall colour palatte is that of tobacco brown. Unfortunately this means she is significantly darker under stage lighting than the other coaches, so she often melts into the background in photos. However, onstage her character shines through, her confidence and laid-back attitude make her a popular, if not politically correct, character!


UK Tour 05 - Amy Field UK Tour 06 - Amy Thornton UK Tour 07 - Amy Thornton NZ Tour 2009 - Sarah Landy

Erin Lordan, Japan/Australia tour 1987 C Jay Ranger, Japan Tour 1990

Erica Metz, Bochum Las Vegas, 1993 Meera Popkin, Las Vegas 1993
Roslyn Howell, 1988 Bochum

1990 Bochum

1993 Bochum

Mannequin, Open Day, Bochum 2001 Mannequin, Open Day, Bochum 2001 Mannequin, Open Day, Bochum 2001


Original costume design for Ashley

Ashley backstage
Erin Lordan 1994 coaches 1994 coaches
Debbie Spellman Dawn Buckland Dawn Buckland
Nikki Belsher Samantha Lane Samantha Lane
Danni Kearsley-Wooller Danni Kearsley-Wooller Amanda Valentine
Samantha Lane skates and slinkies
Bochum Bochum Bochum
Bochum Bochum Bochum


Ashley in the News

London 1984 publicity London 1984 publicity - Ashley, between Lloyd Webber's legs and missing half her costume. London 1991


Ashley Onstage

London

London 1984 London 1984 London 1984
London 1984 London 1984 London 1984
London 1980s London 1980s London 1980s
London 1992 London 1992 London 1992
London 1992 London 1992 London 1993
London 1994 London 1995 London 1996
London 1997 london 1998 Race photoshoot, london 1998
london 1999 london 2000 london 2001

Japan/Australia Tours

Japan/Australia tour, 1987 Japan/Australia tour, 1987 Japan/Australia tour, 1987
Japan/Australia tour, 1987 Japan/Australia tour, 1987 Japan/Australia tour, 1987
Japan/Australia tour, 1987 Japan tour, 1990 Japan tour, 1990
Japan tour, 1990 Japan tour, 1990 Japan tour, 1990
Japan tour, 1990 Japan tour, 1990

US Productions

Broadway, 1987 Broadway, 1987 Broadway, 1987
Broadway, 1987 US Tour, 1989 US Tour, 1989
US Tour, 1989 US Tour, 1989 Las Vegas, 1993
Las Vegas, 1993 US Tour, 2003 US Tour, 2003
US Tour, 2003 US Tour, 2003 US Tour, 2003

UK Tour

UK Tour 05 - Pumping Iron UK Tour 05 - Crazy UK Tour 05 - Whole Lotta Locomotion
UK Tour 06 - Crazy UK Tour 06 - Whole Lotta UK Tour 06 - Pumping Iron
UK Tour 06 - Different Ashley costume? from the US tour? UK Tour 06 - Under there somewhere is Ashley.
Amy Thornton, UK Tour 07 Amy Thornton, UK Tour 07 Amy Thornton, UK Tour 07

New Zealand Tour
NZ Tour 2009 NZ Tour 2009 NZ Tour 2009
NZ Tour 2009

Bochum, Germany

Bochum, 1988 Bochum, 1989 Bochum, 1989
Bochum, 1989 Bochum, 1994 Bochum, 1994
Bochum, 1997 Bochum, 1997 Bochum, 1998
Bochum, 1998 Bochum, 2000 Bochum, 2002
Bochum, 2002 Bochum, 2002 Bochum, 2004
Bochum, 2004 Bochum, 2005 Bochum, 2005
Bochum, 2006 Bochum, 2006 Bochum, 2006
Bochum, 2006 Bochum, 2006 Bochum, 2007
Bochum, 2007 Bochum, 2007 Bochum, 2007


Ashley Fans

Mazz as Ashley, 2000 Kirsty as Ashley, 2001 Mazz as Ashley, 2001
Thingywot as Ashley, 2002 Mazz as Ashley, 2005 - 4 years on!
Open Day, Bochum 2001 Open Day, Bochum 2002 Open Day, Bochum 2002
Fan Day, Bochum 2003 Open Day, Bochum 2005
Open Day, Bochum 2006 Open Day, Bochum 2006 Open Day, Bochum 2006