Thriller - Live, the spectacular concert show that celebrates the music of the world's greatest entertainer and undisputed King of Pop, Michael and the Jackson 5, is extending its West End booking period to Sunday 28 September, 2014
Smashing all previous records at the Lyric Theatre, where it recently celebrated becoming the longest-running production in the theatre's 125-year history, Thriller - Live first moonwalked into the West End in January 2009 after three acclaimed UK tours.
It is now in its fifth year there and on Thursday 24 October will celebrate its 2,000th West End performance.
While continuing its open-ended West End run, Thriller - Live this month started a major tour of the UK and Ireland, with the sensational Cleo Higgins, an unforgettable finalist with a powerhouse vocal range from the recent series of BBC1's The Voice, and by X Factor finalist Rachel Adedeji as the lead female vocalist.
It opens at the Grand Opera House, Belfast from Monday 23 - Saturday 28 September, then visits Bristol Hippodrome, 30 September - 5 October; Cardiff New Theatre, 7 - 12 October; Blackpool Grand Theatre, 14 - 19 October; Sheffield Lyceum Theatre 21 - 26 October Royal & Derngate Northampton, 28 October - 2 November; Grand Opera House York, 4 - 9 November; Southport Theatre, 11 - 13 November; Leicester De Montfort Hall, 18 & 19 November; Regent Theatre Stoke, 20 November; Darlington Civic Theatre 21
- 23 November; Carlisle Sands Centre, 24 November; New Theatre Oxford, 26 -28 November; Mayflower Theatre Southampton, 2 - 7 December; The ICC Hall 1 Birmingham, 17 December - 5 January; Southend Cliffs Pavilion,20 - 25 January; Manchester Opera House, 27 January - 1 February; Brighton Theatre Royal, 2 - 8 February; Woking New Victoria Theatre, 10 - 15 February; Liverpool Empire, 3 - 8 March.
Several world tours have seen the show play to acclaim in 26 countries, including Germany, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Singapore, South Africa, China, Sweden, Finland and Norway, Japan and Brazil.
More than 1 million people have seen the show at the Lyric Theatre and more than 2.5million people have seen the show worldwide.
Unlike other West End productions, Thriller - Live is not a rigid book musical with set songs, but is a constantly evolving music concert celebration. When Michael Jackson
died, the Lyric theatre became a focus for fans from all over the world, who created a massive shrine of flowers, candles, and tributes. More than 40 books of condolence were signed in the foyer then sent to the Jackson family. A year after his death, a permanent West End memorial to Michael was unveiled in the theatre foyer. Thriller - Live brings to life on stage the distinctive high-energy dancing and pulsating sound of many of pop's greatest hits, blending eye-popping video footage and effects together with dazzling choreography by the show's award-winning director Gary Lloyd
. The show has regularly been updated with additional songs, new visuals and choreography. Thriller - Live was originally conceived and created by AdrIan Grant
, a long time associate of Michael Jackson
, and author of Michael Jackson
- The Visual Documentary. Thriller - Live is produced by Paul Walden
and Derek Nicol
for Flying Music
in association with AdrIan Grant
for Key Concerts.
Photo: Irina Chira