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Thriller Live becomes 20th longest-running musical in W/E history

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THRILLER Live has entered the record books to officially become the 20th longest running musical in West End history.

Recently, it overtook the records set by the legendary stage musicals The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady, both no longer in the Top 20.

As of today (Wednesday, September 24, 2014), Thriller Live has played 2,391 perfornances at the Lyric Theatre and is just 138 performances away from overtaking the record set by the 1993 revival of Grease, which ran for 2,529 performances, and just 227 from leap frogging the original 1960 production of Oliver! with 2,618 performances.

In 2015, it will beat the record set by Evita, which closed after 2,900 performances at the Prince Edward Theatre.

Producers Paul Walden and Derek Nicol said in a statement today: “We are thrilled that Thriller Live has entered the record books and joined the exalted ranks of the 20 most popular long running shows in the history of the West End. We look forward to breaking more records in 2015!”

Thriller Live continues to set and break records and new territories around the globe. To date, it has now performed to standing ovations in 28 countries from South Korea to Norway, and South America to China. The latest world tour will take in Australia and New Zealand for the first time.

In October, Thriller Live will open in the UK, playing Eden Court Theatre, Inverness (October 20 – 25), Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (October 27 – November 1), Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (November 3 – 8) and Grand Theatre, Wolvehampton (November 11 – 15). The production then moves to Australia where it will premiere in Perth before playing Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, followed by two weeks in New Zealand. More dates will be added in the regions.

The Top 20 Longest-Running Musicals in West End History

1. Les Misérables – still running, over 11,963 performances.

2. The Phantom of the Opera – still running, over 11,632 performances.

3. Blood Brothers (closed, 10,013 performances).

4. Cats (closed, 8,949 performances).

5. Starlight Express (closed, 7,406 performances).

6. Mamma Mia! – still running, over 6,479 performances.

7. Disney’s The Lion King still running, over 6250 performances.

8. Chicago (closed, 6,187 performances).

9. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (closed, 5,140 performances).

10. We Will Rock You – (closed, 4,659 performances).

11. Miss Saigon (original 1989 production/closed, 4,264 performances).

12. Billy Elliot The Musical – still running, over 3,952 performances.

13. Wicked – still running, over 3,358 performances.

14. Jesus Christ Superstar (original 1972 production/closed – 3,357 performances).

15. Me and My Girl (1985 revival/closed – 3,303 performances).

16. Evita (original 1978 production/closed – 2,900 performances).

17. Jersey Boys – still running, over 2739 performances.

18. Oliver! (original 1960 production/closed – 2,618 performances).

19. Grease! (1993 revival/closed – 2529 performances).

20. Thriller Live – still running, over 2391 performances.

Thriller Live is currently booking at the Lyric Theatre until September 6, 2015. Read more.