Thriller Extends as The Full Monty Ends
Michael Jackson Musical Adds New Date Whilst the Stage Version of The Full Monty Closes its Doors Early
Thriller Live, the long-running celebration of the work of Michael Jackson, is set to continue well into next year at the Lyric Theatre and the news emerges in the same week that The Full Monty announced an early closure. The latter was due to continue at the Noël Coward Theatre until June but will instead bow out at the end of March.
The popular Thriller Live opened at the Lyric Theatre early in 2009 and has been a much-talked-about production ever since. It was already a celebration of the entire life and career of Michael Jackson before his death later in 2009, but following his passing the show was reworked to accommodate it whilst fans of the star used the venue as a pilgrimage site to pay their respects.
It is similar to a live performance from Jackson himself and features stand-out choreography alongside musical numbers like Thriller, ABC, Black Or White and more, dealing with the Jackson’s career in the Jackson 5 right through to his later solo work.
It was originally booking to September 2014 and now it is one of many shows to confirm a booking period into next year as it continues at the Lyric Theatre until at least Sunday 19th April 2015.
The Full Monty, meanwhile, is a more recent addition to the West End as it opened at the Noël Coward Theatre on Tuesday 25th February 2014 with a good reception in the press. It is based on the movie of the same name and follows Sheffield steelworkers who take on an unexpected pastime- rehearsing the stripping routine known as the Full Monty, culminating in a performance in front of a large crowd.
The show stars Craig Gazey and Kenny Doughty in lead roles and they are directed by Daniel Evans.
The production followed Henry V, which starred Jude Law, at the Noël Coward Theatre earlier in the year and was originally due to continue until March. However, audiences will have to be quick to get hold of theatre tickets as the show is now due to bow out at the venue on Saturday 29th March 2014.