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Lyric Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue W1V 8BA

Thriller Live

Lyric Theatre 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Lyric Theatre photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008

Show Details

Preview 2nd Jan 09
Opens 21st Jan 09
Booking to 1st Apr 18

Show Times

Tues - Fri 7.30 pm
Saturdays 4.00 & 8.00 pm
3.30 & 7.30 pm
Length of show - 2hrs 20mins

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.




Thriller Live can be tagged as a 'jukebox' show, containing a large selection of Michael Jackson's legendary hits performed by a great band. The energy rating is so high that the audience can't help joining in and participating with the show. The singing and dancing are tops - not - we have to say- as top as MJ himself. He didn't get to be that popular and loved by fans without being the legend he is. It was not hype and ads that got him the accolade of selling more records than anyone else - it was because he is just plain brilliant.

You even have to forgive the rather sordid references (offstage) in the commentary and vid flashes of how much money the albums made - which is a tasteless industry thing - and in this case can not detract from the high level performances. MJ's talent and sheer live and vibrance has even shone through the repeated attacks on his character by the press worldwide. It has to be noticed that the greater a star is the more the slavering press want to pull them down. This show is another example that greatness shines through the miasma of professional opinionators. You can't be as great an artist as MJ is without being sensitive. Can't be done. Insensitive art does not exist. Sensitivity is an artist's job. His artistic responsibility to life and it's nuances is evident in every song and inspires the cast to perform a terrific show in putting it over.

So although MJ or the Jackson 5 are not actually present - the achievement as an artists can be clearly seen as having recorded an astounding number of great songs over the 40 years as well as MJ setting new standards and style in dancing. In this case the word LIVE in the title of the show is well represented.

This show would be a shame to miss. It has been extended once - however with the current squeeze from the finance controllers it may not get another extension - so catch it while you can.


There is no story depicted as similar 'jukebox' shows have - no need for one. the music and dancing does it.


  • Singers
    • Denise Pearson
    • Ricko Baird
    • John Moabi
    • Ben Forster
    • Roger Wright
    • Earl Perkins
    • Ashton Russell
    • Sterling Williams
    • Sterling Williams
  • Musicians (the band)
    • John Mahler - Musical Director, guitar 2 keyboard 2
    • Accy Yeats - percussion
    • Oliver Latka - lead guitar
    • Mike Bradley - drums
    • Mike Guy - lead keyboard
  • Dancers
    • Jo Dyce (& resident director)
    • Yasmin Yazdi (Dance Captain)
    • Sean Williams
    • Christabelle Field
    • Dannii Rothman
    • Elliot James
    • Emily Rumbles
    • Jordan Darrell
    • Kamilah Afiyah Beckles
    • Lewis Davies
    • Ross Sands
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