"Show has thrills but no plot."
-Evening Standard-

"Immensely enjoyable."
-The Independent-

""This tribute...pales by comparison.""
-The Guardian-

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About the show

Please note that remaining performances of Thriller Live have been cancelled following government advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).

Thriller Live has been showing at London's Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue since January 2009, and is a must-see for anyone who loves Michael Jackson's music. The show is a perfect tribute to the King of Pop and includes songs from both The Jackson Five and Michael as a solo artist. Featuring the iconic songs "I Want You Back", "Smooth Criminal", "Billie Jean" and many, many more, you will certainly be up out of your seat and dancing long before the curtains have closed.

The original production previewed at the Dominion Theatre in London's West End in August 2006, headed by theatrical producer Adrian Grant. The creative team were so excited about the show's potential they were determined to ensure it was a success in the UK. In 2007 the production began a short UK and European tour, directed and choreographed by Kerys Nathan. The original cast included Pop Idol singer Zoe Birkit in one of the adult singing roles, along with the young Shaheen Jafargholi, star of Britain's Got Talent as the young Michael Jackson. In 2008 the production began auditioning for new singers opening in the West End on 21st January 2009, directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd. Although it was scheduled to close later that year, the show gathered more interest after the singer's death on June 25th 2009. It has been playing at the Lyric Theatre ever since.

As well as various UK tours, Thriller Live has become a global phenomenon and has been seen across 29 countries by an audience of nearly 3 million keeping the King of Pop's reputation alive in a fresh and engaging way.

Thriller Live is a constantly evolving spectacular concert-style show.  Four lead vocalists divide up Jackson’s catalogue of chart hits between them in this celebration of Jackson's song’s ground-breaking videos and iconic dance moves.

The show currently stars 90’s pop sensation Cleo Higgins lead singer of girl group Cleopatra who had top five hits with “Cleopatra’s Theme”, Life Ain’t Easy” and their cover of The Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back”. Cleo has most recently been seen on UK talent show The Voice where she competed as part of Will.i.am’s team.

Cleo made her West End debut in the London production of Thriller Live hot off the back of touring with the show around the UK and Europe. She has earned high praise for her performance and incredible Jackson esque vocals.


Who Should See It?

Fans of Michael Jackson should absolutely see this show, which is dedicated to bringing the pop King back to life. Whether you enjoy a song or two, or his whole back catalogue, seeing his mesmerising moves performed live on stage is something you won't forget in a hurry.

Thriller Live is recommended 5+. Under 4s will not be admitted into the venue.
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Playing at

Lyric Theatre
29 Shaftesbury Avenue
Seating Plan

Lyric Theatre seating plan

Booking period

2nd Jan 2009

5th Feb 2023

26th Apr 2020

Running time

2 hours 20 minutes (including an interval)


Recommended 5+. Babes in arms are not permitted.