‘Beat It’ to the box office for Thriller Live tickets

Just Regional
Jul 7, 2014 3 mins read


Review by Sophie Stainthorpe

True Michael Jackson fans, I’m sure, won’t have missed the fact that Thriller Live is at Norwich Theatre Royal this week, and if they weren’t enjoying the show with me tonight, will be eagerly awaiting a coming performance. If you don’t want to know any more then let me just say you won’t be disappointed….

Still with me? OK. I took my sister Emma along to the opening night performance. I’m sure she won’t mind me saying that she’s slightly older than me, and although I would describe myself as a Michael Jackson fan, she was the full works, even to the point where she drew a life-size picture of him on her bedroom wall as a teenager.

She also saw him perform in 1997 on his History tour, so she was the obvious partner for a night of pure Michael indulgence. And that’s exactly what it is. Unlike other musicals such as We Will Rock You and Mamma Mia!, which work the hits of Queen and Abba, respectively, into an original plot, or Buddy, which features the songs and story of the legendary Buddy Holly, Thriller Live is more of a celebration tribute concert.

The show is packed with hit after hit, spanning from the early days of The Jackson 5 through Michael’s immense solo back catalogue. It is interspersed with some dialogue highlighting Michael’s main achievements, but it’s really all about the music and dancing, which is delivered by a cast of fantastic vocalists and dancers.

The audience couldn’t help but move along in their seats to Blame It on the Boogie, Can You Feel It and Beat It. Particular highlights for me were Smooth Criminal, Billie Jean and, of course, Thriller.

I really cannot begin to explain how good lead vocalist and lead dancer Sean Christopher is in these numbers. From the smallest movements to the iconic moonwalk and flawless vocals, if you never had the chance to see Michael Jackson perform then Sean Christopher has to be the next best thing.

The audience were up on their feet for the last 15 minutes and the atmosphere was electric.

Want my advice? Beat it to the box office now and get yourself a ticket!

Thriller Live, Monday 7-Thursday 10 July at 7.30pm, Friday 11 July at 5pm and 8pm, and Saturday 12 July at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets £6.50-£29.50. Box office 01603 630000.  For more info or to book online visit


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