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Peter Andre guest stars in Thriller Live Gala Charity Performance

Peter Andre

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PETER Andre, Russell Kane, Jon Culshaw and Kieran Alleyne have been announced as the stars joining the cast of West End concert spectacular Thriller Live to celebrate its record-breaking 4,000 West End shows at the Lyric Theatre in a glittering Gala Charity Performance in aid of The Prince’s Trust on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

For one night only and to raise funds for The Prince’s Trust, the special guest stars will host the evening and perform Michael Jackson tracks alongside the West End cast. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to The Prince’s Trust and the gala night will launch a year-long partnership and commitment to provide tickets, workshops and a mentoring programme.

Peter Andre is an award-winning global media star with a successful music and television career. In the 1990s he was the 6th highest selling artist in the UK, with numerous number one hit singles, two number one albums and toured all over the world collecting a multitude of national and international awards.

Andre, who performed Man in the Mirror on Children in Need in 2010, said: “Michael Jackson was musically the biggest influence in my life and career. He made me dream of being on stage and to be part of music. I am thrilled to join the cast of Thriller Live for this special night to raise money for The Prince’s Trust.”

Russell Kane is a multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter who is best known as the host of three series of Live At The Electric, regular appearances on Live at the Apollo, Unzipped, Celebrity Juice and I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here Now!

Kane was nominated four times for prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Awards before winning Best Show in 2010. He then went on to make history as the first comedian to win both the Edinburgh Award and Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Barry Award in one year.

Jon Culshaw is regarded by many as Britain’s best impressionist with an unmatched versatility and a catalogue of over 350 voices and impersonations.

Kieran Alleyne, who aged 13 in 2008, won the coveted role of the young Michael Jackson in Thriller Live, returns to the show as lead MJ singer and dancer. With no professional acting or singing training, he beat hundreds of other young boys to play MJ and appeared in the West End, on UK tour, in massive arenas and across the world. Last year, he was one third of the group 3AM who reached the finals of The X Factor.

In 1988, Executive Director of Thriller Live, Adrian Grant, received funding from the Prince’s Trust to help start his Michael Jackson fan magazine, Off The Wall. Thirty years later he is celebrating with the cast, crew and creatives the 4000th show of Thriller Live, which was born out of the fan magazine’s activities.

Grant said: “I’d like to thank the Prince’s Trust for believing in me some 30-years ago with a dream I had to publish my own magazine about the King of Pop. Their support was vital and continues to help thousands of young people throughout Britain. It’s a privilege that the Thriller Live team can support the Trust and inspire a new generation of young industry talent working behind the stage as well as on it.”