Showstopper Improvised Musical
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical plays at the Lyric Theatre, after sold out runs at London's Apollo Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. After seven years of extensive touring, Showstopper enjoyed its first official West End run at the Apollo in 2015. Now, due to high demand, the cast continues to perform to packed out audiences every Monday at the West End venue which is also home to Thriller Live!

Each night, Dylan Emery gathers audience suggestions to create a unique musical, never seen before on stage - and only to be seen by you!
WAS £20.00
NOW £18.00
Booking until 17 July 2017
Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Thriller Live

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Created by lifelong Michael Jackson fan Adrian Grant, Thriller Live is the ultimate celebration of the King of Pop's astounding career. Featuring hit after hit of Jackson's well-known music, such as "Billie Jean", "Smooth Criminal", "Dirty Diana" and "Beat It", Thriller Live features a team of lead vocalists and enthusiastic dancers, who work together to bring the songs to life.

Opening in 2008, Thriller Live continues to impress devoted Michael Jackson fans. Don't miss out on an entertaining evening full of popular music, dizzying dance moves and enough energy to fuel you for the week!

WAS £50.00
NOW £43.00
Booking until 1 April 2018
Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

What The Ladybird Heard

Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ beloved children’s picture book, What the Ladybird Heard, receives a colourful stage adaptation at the Lyric Theatre. Following some crafty robbers who have a sneaky plan to steal a prize cow, the play tells the tale of the farmyard’s tiniest and cleverest creature. Opening for a limited summer season, What the Ladybird Heard plays from July 5th 2017.
Booking from 5 July 2017 until 10 September 2017
Running Time: 55 minutes with no interval

The Gruffalo's Child

Returning to the West End after huge success with The Gruffalo, Tall Stories adapts Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s sequel story into a magical stage adaptation, featuring magic, music and puppetry! The Gruffalo’s Child follows the tiny Gruffalo as she bravely ventures into the snowy forest – after all, the Big Bad Mouse is just a fairy-tale.
Booking from 22 November 2017 until 7 January 2018
Running Time: 55 minutes with no interval

Box Office Contacts

Box Office:0330 333 4812
Access Booking:0330 333 4815
Group Booking:0330 333 4812
Stage Door:020 7494 5841

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London's Lyric Theatre is Shaftesbury Avenue's oldest surviving theatre, first opening in 1888 with a transfer production of Dorothy. Originally, the venue was intended as a house for operettas, featuring productions such as The Mountebanks (1892) and His Excellency (1894).

During the 20th century, plays and musicals were popular at the venue, with early productions including The Duchess of Dantzic (1903), The Chocolate Soldier (1910), The Girl in the Taxi (1911), The Bird of Paradise (1919), Whirled into Happiness (1922) and The Street Singer (1924).

In the 1930's the venue saw Strange Interlude (1931) and The Royal Family (1934), which starred Laurence Oliver. During the Second World War, the Lyric Theatre went dark, reopening with Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy (1946).

Over the next few years, a range of productions played at the theatre, with notable shows including The Little Hut (1950), which ran for 1,261 performances, South Sea Bubble (1955), Robert and Elizabeth (1964), Alan Ayckbourn's How the Other Half Loves (1972), which ran for 869 performances and hit musical Blood Brothers (1983), which was later revived at the Phoenix Theatre for a long run.

A series of well-known shows followed, including Joe Orton's Loot (1984), Steel Magnolias (1989), Five Guys Named Moe (1990), Ain't Misbehavin' (1995), An Ideal Husband (1998), Brief Encounter (2000), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2001), The Constant Wife (2002), Beautiful and Damned (2004), Death of a Salesman (2005), Cabaret (2006) and Eddie Izzard Stripped (2008).

In 2009, Michael Jackson musical Thriller Live opened. Days later, Jackson surprisingly passed away, causing the musical to rocket through the roof, becoming a tribute production to one of pop's greatest performers. Thriller Live continues to run to this day, entertaining audiences from around the world.

Shows such as We're Going on a Bear Hunt (2013), The Tiger Who Came to Tea (2014-2016) Room on the Broom (2015) and The Gruffalo (2015) regularly play at the theatre, with Edinburgh Fringe hit Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (2016) playing limited performances.

2017 sees Thriller Live enter a record-breaking year, with Showstopper! The Improvised Musical continuing limited performances. Shows throughout 2017 include What the Ladybird Heard and The Gruffalo's Child (2018).

Past Shows

The Gruffalo
(closed 8 Jan 2017)
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(closed 25 Jul 2016)
The Tiger Who Came To tea
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
(closed 10 Jan 2016)

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The Gruffalo
(closed 6 Sep 2015)
Room on the Broom
Room on the Broom
(closed 11 Jan 2015)
The Tiger Who Came To tea
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
(closed 7 Sep 2014)

We're Going on a Bear Hunt
(closed 8 Sep 2013)