Thriller Live

Theatre , West End Lyric Theatre , Piccadilly Circus Until Tuesday July 25 2017
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High-skill, low-story, hit-packed concert musical celebrating the live of Michael Jackson

Current cast includes Trenyce Cobbins, Haydon Eshun, MiG Ayesa, Wayne Anthony Cole, Joanna Jones, Britt Quentin, Oggie Iwo, Maria Akpan, Laurie Kay Hue, Asleigh Wadforth Frost, Cassie MacMillan and Libby Hall. This review is from June 2011.

Step inside the Lyric foyer and you'll be greeted by a gleaming Michael Jackson memorial. Enter the auditorium and you'll find another in 'Thriller', a shining homage to The King of Pop. This is a sparkling, singing and shimmying conveyor belt of more than 30 of Jackson's greatest hits. It's a bit like watching an extended episode of 'The X Factor' – except the performers are actually very good and they've all picked Jacko.

What really hits home in this jubilant jukebox show, which recently celebrated its thousandth performance, is the range of repertoire available. 'Thriller' is a reminder of Michael Jackson's versatility and the unique gloss he lent to pop, rock, dance and even the ballad. 'Heal the World' is crooned by a throng of suitably seraphic kids, 'Beat It' is blasted into the gods and a silver-gloved groover glides majestically through 'Smooth Criminal'.

The show, held together by the loosest of narratives, begins with a selection of Jackson 5 numbers. These earlier songs are among the best of the night: pure, funky, relatively simple and uniformly upbeat. Salient facts are flashed furiously across the screens (750 million records sold worldwide!) and the show segues into Jackson's solo career.

Some of these later songs are terrifyingly idiosyncratic – made and moulded for the man himself – and the lead vocalists struggle with the quirkier numbers, such as 'Jam' and 'Dirty Diana'. But it is the dancing that dazzles, no more so than Michael Duke's confident and witty take on 'Thriller' and 'Smooth Criminal'. He slides his way through the tough choreography with bolshy ease, drawing huge cheers for the inevitable but inspirational moonwalk.

It is one small step, at least, towards remembering the man who ventured into uncharted musical terrain.

Venue name: Lyric Theatre
Address: 29 Shaftesbury Avenue
Transport: Piccadilly Circus tube
Price: £27.50-£85. Runs 2hrs 30mins

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

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Janine B

Singing and dancing was amazing but was like watching a mj tribute band, not worth the cost of the ticket at all!

Jon D

My wife and I went to this show after receiving tickets as a present. As fans of Michael Jacksons music we loved it as the show covers all the classic songs you want to get up and dance along to. The story line isn't really there but for me, it didn't stop me enjoying it as the singing and music was excellent. Really impressed with the dancing. I would say half the audience was in to it and the other half sat there. I imagine if you went to a showing full of Jackson fans it would be an awesome experience. If you like the music, it is worth seeing this show.

mel m

Im not a Michael Jackson fan but my wife is so bought Tickets as a surprise on our recent trip to London

Fantastic show Good singers and Brilliant Dancers

Little MJ Probably star of the show all in all a great night


Not much of a storyline, but great dancing and songs if you a a MJ fan. By the end of the show, the whole audience were up on their feet dancing. It was a great feel good musical.

Charly Lester
moderatorStaff Writer

The show starts slowly, and if you're not a die-hard Jacko fan, some of the first half will go over your head, but the second half (mainly hits from Thriller and Bad) was great.  The dancing and choreography was top class.  For the most part the singing was good.  Don't go if you expect a storyline - there is none, and doesn't pretend to be.  Go for an opportunity to sing along, and be delighted by slick choreography.  Be warned - they will try (and succeed!) to get you out of your seat!

Beat R

There is absolutely no storyline - the only good moments of this show are when you can laugh about incredibly akward moments. Most of it is just a constant facepalm though.

Yvonne W

What a spectacular performance absolutely brilliant, the whole cast did a fabulous job, as for anyone who only rated one star must have had they eyes closed throughout!! It was a very enjoyable evening I would certainly recommend it, I would see it again. Yvonne. Aug 30th 2014


Sorry but its a 3 out of 10 show.... Several members of the cast sing various Jackson songs. Annoying the worst singer (who is a young female) gets to sing the majority of the songs. A couple of the guys do good Jackson impersonations. Could not understand why the show was not based around them?? Young Michael is portrayed by a kid who I'm sorry to say was as poor as the ffemale mentioned above. The cast do get the crowd going with some good dance routines. Sorry but I wanted to leave after the interval but my wife made me stay...Sorry but I would not sit through this again. Even if you paid me £100


Very enjoyable, but the name musical doesn't really apply here. I would say it's more of a show and a thank you to Michael and his music. Still, very good night out and the audience really goes for it!


First class performance, first class show, if your having a theater w/k end, its a must


A fantastic performance from all performers and overall a great thrilling entertainment to watch! I highly recommend it to any MJ fans out there! :)

Leandro Moraes

The musical exceed the expectation, a lot of interaction, the dancer were extremely well trained and the singers voices were great. I like the fact that the show was not trying to be Michael Jackson, but present his art on their own interpretation. It does bring memory on growing up listening to Michael. This show is a must if you are visiting or living in London.

Kristina Aleksandrova

The musical was very good in general. All the artists, dances and songs were amazing. What I found very nice was that they were trying to engage the audience as much as possible in the play. The only thing I didn't enjoy that much was simply that there wasn't any story in it but mostly dances and singing.


Good performances and nice atmosphere. Not any storyline or great scenery, Felt more like a tribute concert than a musical.


Fulfilled by the energy and spirit of the legendary personality and songs that are alive in all of us in different degrees, the musical leads you through different emotions starting from the tears of the soul and finishing up with the joy of being a part of the musical event.

Susan moriaRTY

Absolutely brilliant!! Daughter, aged 8 totally enthralled with the whole experience and hasn't stopped practicing the dancing since. My other guest was delighted with the show, as it was all music they knew as a youngster. Loved the way the audience were encouraged to join in by the stars of the show.

Susie Lingam

Absolutely fabulous from start to finish. We attended mid-week and there was no hint of a dumbing down by the cast. Very enthusiastic dancing and spot of choreography. The singing was exceptional. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole show. Got us all dancing and clapping in the isles. Would recommend to anybody. Great show!


Fantastic! Thoroughly enjoyed the performance! Gave a real feel good factor. Brilliant performers! A must see for MJ fans!

Quentin Dewez

We've been to this show twice... second time was the day we were supposed to see the King of Pop in flesh at the O2 Arena. So, of course it's not a big production, it's not MJ etc... but it is very nice to watch and certainly entertaining. If you're a MJ fan, you'll enjoy it, 100%.


We took our two sons to the show and I was initially sceptical, awaiting a poor storyline to which the songs were attached. I was very pleasantly surprised and realised there were several of MJ hits I had not heard for a while. What was good was that the songs were about 3-4 minutes and followed MJs recording career. The singing is good but the dancing is what really lifted this show. The dancers were very good and the choreography was well adapted to the stage where props were wheeled in and out. Expect to hear the greatest hits without a phoney story line and great dancing.


I would not recommend this musical. I am very disappointed by the bad performance of the actors, in terms of dancing and singing. Some of the singers did not even hit the right note and sang wrong. There is no real story in the musical, no emotions involved. It appears to be just a patchwork of some fragments of Jackson songs, some of them even played on playback. I personally rather recommend to watch the Billy Elliot Musical, that one is really good.


I saw the show today... Very disapointing. The dancers despite being individually good are not togher, the singers sing wrong...Would not recommend it personnaly.