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Preview: Thriller Live at Sunderland Empire

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It’s a $150million Thriller!

Thriller Live
Sunderland Empire
Monday 25th – Saturday 30th January 2016.

Long-running, record-breaking West End concert spectacular, Thriller Live, has now taken in excess of $150million at the global box office. A 10-month UK & European tour to visit Sunderland Empire with an updated version of the show -  including new songs, videos, costumes and special fx.  Thriller Live will overtake Evita to become the 17th Longest Running West End Musical of all time in December!

Long-running, record-breaking West End concert spectacular, Thriller Live, has now taken in excess of $150million at the global box office.  A new-look updated version of the show will be at Sunderland Empire for one week only in January.

Announcing the eye-watering figure, producer Paul Walden said: “We are certainly not resting on our laurels - a brand new version of the show, with four new songs, a new opening, new production elements including new video, new costumes and special effects - is on a 10-month UK and international tour and premiered on Thursday October 8 in the West End, where the show continues to break West End records. With all these changes we aim to once again set the bar high in terms of what a West End audience will see, hear and experience.”

"This is proof positive that the music of Michael Jackson is still one of the hottest tickets on the planet. We are privileged to continue his musical legacy in Thriller Live, and to have taken it to theatres, concert halls and arenas in 32 countries around the world. 

“Half this amazing total has come from our record-breaking seven-year West Endrun and UK tours. One hundred and fifty million dollars is a landmark financial milestone that few modern stage shows attain. We are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of all of the creative team, dancers, singers, musicians and crew who have entertained the world as part of the Thriller Live family. 

On December 13, at the 2901st performance at the Lyric Theatre, Thriller Livewill overtake Evita, which opened in 1978, to become the 17th Longest Running West End Musical of all time. It is testament to the enduring appeal of Michael Jackson and his music. 

Thriller Live, choreographed and directed by award-winning Gary Lloyd, was originally conceived and created by Adrian Grant, a long-time associate of Michael Jackson, and author of Michael Jackson – The Visual Documentary.

It is produced by Paul Walden and Derek Nicol for Flying Music in association with Adrian Grant for Key Concerts.


Tickets are on sale now from the Box Office on High Street West, Sunderland, the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 3022* and online at

The 2015/16 UK tour dates are:

Portsmouth Guildhall, 27 - 31 December 
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, 12 - 17 January
Manchester Opera House, 18 - 23 January 
Sunderland Empire, 25 - 30 January 
York Grand Opera House, 1 - 6 February
Stoke on Trent Regent Theatre, 11 - 13 February
Bristol Hippodrome, 15 - 20 February
Southend Cliff’s Pavilion, 22 - 27 February
Darlington Civic Theatre, 29 February - 5 March
Birmingham Alexandra Theatre, 7 - 12 March
Oxford New Theatre, 14 - 19 March
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 21 - 26 March
Sheffield Lyceum, 29 March - 2 April
Liverpool Empire,11 - 16 April
Glasgow Kings Theatre, 18 - 23 April
Cardiff New Theatre, 25 - 30 April
Bournemouth 6 - 11 May

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