Thriller Live to leave West End

Published: 19 March 2020
Reporter: David Chadderton

Michael Jackson tribute show Thriller Live is to close for good in the West End after 11 years, three shows short of becoming the 11th longest running West End musical ever.

Due to run until 28 April, the show was put on hold with as the Lyric Theatre was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday 15 March, its 4,657th West End performance. Producers have now announced that the show "performed its last Moonwalk" at the Lyric on Sunday.

In a statement, the producers said, “we would like to thank everyone who has worked on the show: the cast, band, crew, creative team, head office, freelance contributors and theatre staff past and present. We have the best team in the world. We’ve loved sharing the music and magic of MJ in London and we will keep the legacy alive on tour. Finally a massive thanks to all you Dancing Machines, we just can’t stop loving you. Ticket holders should contact point of purchase.”

Thriller Live opened at the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in 2009, holding the record as the longest ever run of a show since the theatre opened in December 1888. It has now been seen by more than 5 million people in 33 countries and played more than 7,000 performances worldwide. A second production continues to tour the world with dates throughout the UK that will be rescheduled once the virus outbreak is under control.