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Extensions announced for Thriller and thriller

Published 16 February 2009

A host of London shows, including Michael Jackson musical Thriller Live and spooky thriller The Woman In Black have announced extensions to their West End runs.

Also running for longer are film-turned-stage-musical Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage and comedy Defending The Caveman.

Thriller Live, a staged concert celebrating the music of the King of Pop, is now booking until 27 September. The high-energy show, which includes tracks such as Billie Jean, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Can You Feel It and Man In The Mirror, opened at the Lyric theatre on 21 January and was originally booking until 12 April. From 12 April the moonwalking musical will adjust its show times, with Tue-Fri evening performances starting at 19:30.

Eerie thriller The Woman In Black is one of London’s longest running productions, having opened at the Fortune theatre on 7 June 1989. The tale of a young lawyer sent to conclude the affairs of a recently deceased reclusive woman is now booking until 30 January 2010.

Musical Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage has a way to go to match The Woman In Black’s 19 years on the London stage, but has extended its run at the Alwych theatre to 27 March 2010. The production, which opened in October 2006, brings to the stage the much-loved movie about a teenage girl who falls for dance teacher Johnny Castle while on a family holiday.

Defending The Caveman, which won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment in 2000 when it was originally staged at the Apollo theatre, has extended its current run at the Leicester Square theatre until 5 April. The comic exploration of the gender divide stars actor and comedian Mark Little.

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