Coming from the UK, hop on any plane to Düsseldorf and take one of the many trains that run directly between the airport station and Bochum central station. Takes about half an hour, less than the tube to Heathrow
Could also fly to Cologne if that's more convenient for you. Will require a change of trains in Cologne, so the train journey will take longer, but not that much.
I wonder if this is a "test" to see how well it will sell in English. They're tweaked the show beyond recognition to "keep it fresh" and doing one show in English per week might be another novelty that will sell tickets. The fans know the show by heart anyway and will be interested in hearing it in English and it may attract more foreigners living in the area and tourists. Germans are notoriously averse to anything not dubbed into German oblivion, but it's slowly changing and the appetite for original versions is growing, so who knows. Personally I hope they will go full circle some day and start all over with the 1984 original version that includes Belle the Sleeping Car, There's Me and Only He...
I doubt it. Not least because of the chatter here and my own feelings of nostalgia I wanted to buy a bunch of tickets for christmas gifts and I was surprised to find it a struggle to buy the tickets I wanted for a date early next year because it was selling well.
This might well have turned into a perpetuum mobile like Phantom and Les Miz in London - people returning with their own kids to introduce them to musical theatre the way St Ex was their own intro many years ago (I myself dragged my young nephew along a few years ago) or just returning for nostalgia's sake or to introduce new friends, partners, etc. to the show.
Compared to the obnoxious pricing of Stage Entertainment shows St Ex is surprisingly well-priced with only a few premium seats (those naff 3D-armchairs) and decent seats available that don't break the bank, plus good discounts for groups like kids and even pensioners that are +67 yrs (which I only just discovered as one of my party is older). I'm also sure it attracts oodles of school groups. So for a fun musical theatre night out in the most populous Bundesland in Germany, St Ex is still fairly unbeatable.
Yea, it was introduced in 2012. I didn't even twig the connection, duh. Makes sense. But then my mom and aunt retired earlier and my dad retired off the face of the earth before he got there. By the time I reach retirement age, it'll probably be 70 or 72.
Tickets are already on sale, apparently since 7th December. Just booked mine, I went for one of the cheaper less expensive tickets, but it's still 62€ in total (including shipping and credit card fee (wtf?)).
Now I need to decide whether to go by car or train...
Not unexcited to finally see my first ever musical again, it'll only be the second time.
I hardly ever look at the International section of the board, and the one time I do I immediately find myself out of pocket by almost €200, and that's before even thinking about flights, trains, hotel!