Peter Andre is to guest star in Thriller Live in London's West End.
Peter Andre will join the cast for a strictly limited two-week season at the Lyric Theatre from 10 – 22 December (except Sunday evenings)
He will headline the show as the first in a series of guest stars and surprises as the long-running production celebrates its final months of performance.
It was announced earlier this year that Thriller Live is to close next spring after 11 years and more than 4,700 performances.
First opening in the West End in 2008, Thriller Live celebrates the music of The Jackson 5 and the solo work and life of Michael Jackson.
The hit musical revue will play its final performance on Sunday 26 April 2020 to allow for major refurbishment of the Lyric Theatre.
Peter Andre said: “I had such an amazing experience performing in Thriller Live’s 4,000th gala night and I can’t wait to come back for a full run of shows. This is such an honour for me because 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.
"A year ago in Thriller Live I sang ‘Rock With You’ – which was one of the first records I ever bought – ‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’, ‘Man in the Mirror’ and ‘She’s Out of My Life’. I can’t wait to spring a few more surprises!”
Thriller Live’s award-winning Director/Choreographer Gary Lloyd added: “After working with Peter Andre on his own live stage and arena shows, I discovered how passionate he is about Michael’s music. Peter absolutely wowed us all last year when he appeared as our special guest to help celebrate our 4,000th performance. I am delighted we get the opportunity to explore his incredible talent and affinity for this material even further with the announcement of these dates.”
And Thriller Live Producers Paul Walden and Derek Nicol of Flying Music said: “We recently announced that due to the theatre’s refurbishment, Thriller Live will sadly end its record-breaking 11-year run at the Lyric on Sunday 26 April 2020, at which point the show will have completed 4,705 performances making it the longest running show ever at the Lyric and the 11th longest running musical in West End history.
"We promised special guests and surprises to end our run there on an absolute high and we are delighted to welcome Peter Andre back to headline two weeks of shows. This promises to be an unforgettable experience for fans lucky enough to get a ticket.”
There are plans to transfer Thriller Live to another West End venue while the Lyric Theatre undergoes work from May next year.