News Can you feel it? Read about the Thriller Live buzz
October 3, 2016
Michael Jackson first sang “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” in 1979 in the first song to showcase his talent as a solo artist, winning him his first solo Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
It’s been in Thriller Live, the West End concert spectacular, created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer, since day one and could be the show’s anthem as producers announce yet another new booking period to October 1, 2017.
Thriller Live first opened in the West End at the Lyric Theatre in January 2009 and is currently the 10th longest running show - musical or play - in West End history. It never fails to get the audience on its feet and has received more than 3,200 nightly standing ovations at the Lyric, where it also holds the record as the longest running show since the theatre started entertaining the capital in December 1888.
Thriller Live recently sold its 2 millionth West End ticket and has now been seen by over 4 milion people in 32 countries and played over 5,100 performances worldwide.
The show’s producers today also announce that Thriller Live will set out on January 27, 2017 on a major new tour, playing 12 theatres across the UK and several countries across Europe.
The UK tour dates are: Southport Theatre (27 & 28 Jan); Eden Court Theatre, Inverness (30 Jan - 4 Feb); His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen (6 - 11 Feb); Norwich Theatre Royal (13 - 18 Feb); Wolverhampton Grand Theatre (21- 25 Feb); Venue Cymru, Llandudno (27 Feb - 1 March); Sands Centre Carlisle (2 - 4 March); Gaiety Theatre Dublin (6 - 11 March); Waterfront Hall, Belfast (16 - 18 March); Grand Theatre Swansea (20 - 25 March); Grand Theatre Leeds (11 - 15 April); Belgrade Theatre, Coventry (25 - 29 April).
Thriller Live opens today, Friday 30 September, in the People’s Republic of China, chosen as the opening production in the state-of-the-art 1,200-seat Parisian Theatre at the heart of the magnificent $2.9billion dollar hotel complex, the Sands Parisian Macao Hotel in Macao. The hotel and resort opened its doors to the public for the first time on Tuesday 13 September amid fanfare and celebration, designed to bring a sense of magic, wonder and the resplendent essence of the famed “City of Light” to Macao. Thriller Live will play for seven weeks.
Producers Paul Walden and Derek Nicol said today: “After more than eight years in the West End, Thriller Live continues to go from strength to strength. We have had a spectacular summer and year on year audience numbers are fantastic. Michael Jackson’s music has never been more popular, and just like Wicked and other successful shows, Thriller Live has many loyal fans who come back time after time for repeat visits. We aim to keep the show fresh and exciting for them for many years to come through subtle changes, additional special effects and new video content.”
1. The Mousetrap (1952): more than 26,439 performances
2. Les Miserables (1985): more than 12,621 performances
3. The Phantom of the Opera: more than 12,289 performances
4. The Woman in Black (1989): more than 10,998 performances
5. Mamma Mia! (1999): more than 7,144 performances
6. The Lion King (1999): more than 6,913 performances
7. Stomp (2002): more than 5,770 performances
8. Wicked (2006): more than 4,023 performances
9. Jersey Boys (2008): more than 3,395 performances
10. Thriller Live (2009): more than 3,045 performancesInformation supplied and verified by the Society of London Theatre, correct as of April 19, 2016
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