What is Thriller Live?
Now in its record breaking 10th year in London’s West End, Thriller Live is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer.
After opening in the Lyric Theatre on 2 January 2009 to rave reviews, Thriller Live has celebrated its ninth birthday in the West End, embarked on a world tour and a sell-out UK arena tour, played over 5000 shows globally to over 4 million fans, visited over 30 countries and entered the West End record books by becoming the longest running show in the Lyric Theatre’s 125 year history and the 16th longest running musical in the West End.
Taking you on an electrifying visual and audio journey through the magic of Michael’s 45 year musical history, you’ll experience over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco. Paying homage to Jackson’s legendary live performances and innovative dance moves executed with flair, precision and passion this is a show that you will never forget.
Expect your favourite songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and band, including: I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, Bad, Rock With You, They Don’t Care About Us, Dangerous, Thriller plus many more!
How will this differ from the West End show?
The west end show is two hours and 20 minutes which includes a 20 minute interval. However for the show at Newmarket Racecourses, there will be no interval and approximately four less songs. This will mean the running time of the show will be approximately 100 minutes.
There is also one less cast member than the West End show. There will be five leads, three male vocalists, one female vocalist and one Michael Jackson. As well as a fantastic cast of 10 dancers and 6 band members.
Is there anywhere to sit?
This is a standing event. However, there are unreserved grandstands seats available either side of the stage in the Premier Enclosure. These are only available on a first come first served basis and would mean you would be watching the concert from the side.
Can I bring seat with me?
Newmarket Racecourses is sold as an outdoor standing event with no reserved seating available.
No furniture is permitted in the Premier Enclosure and Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure at any point during the event. Furniture is permitted in the Garden Enclosure (subject to exclusions detailed below) but cannot be brought into the other enclosure following racing and for the concert.
If you require a chair for medical reasons you must apply in advance (at least two weeks before the event you are attending) to our Customer Relations team on 01638 675500 option 4. If permission is granted you will require a letter of authorisation that you will need to bring with you. Due to health and safety purposes, chairs are not permitted in the areas directly in front of the stage.
Racecourse seating is not permitted to be moved to the Premier Enclosure area in front of the stage.
How much are tickets?
- Garden Enclosure: £25
- Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure: £33
- Premier Enclosure: £38
For more information on enclosures please click here.
You can purchase tickets online here or by calling Newmarket’s Ticketing Team on 03445793010. Please note that a 10% booking fee applies to all ticket prices.
Can children come to this event?
Children must purchase a full price adult ticket. As Newmarket Nights are our Friday evening racing plus music events with the artist taking to the stage at any time from 8pm, our recommendation is that Newmarket Nights are not suitable for children under 16.
Whilst we recommend that these events are not suitable for children under 16, if you do wish to bring them as part of your party, at your discretion, they can attend as long as they possess a valid ticket to gain entry and there is a responsible adult of 18 and above to every two children under 16.
We take every precaution to try and ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time at all of our events. If you do decide to bring a child under 16, we would suggest against taking them into the most densely crowded areas, which includes the large area in front of the stage.
It is your responsibility to check the suitability of an event for any children in your party regardless of official age restrictions, this includes considering the type of audience the event is likely to attract and whether such an audience is a suitable environment for children in your party. Refunds will not be issued if any aspect of an event, including the behaviour of other audience members, causes offence to you or any children on whose behalf you have purchased tickets.
What facilities do you have for disabled customers?
We have a range of facilities available for our disabled guests, please download our accessibility map which highlights all of the wheelchair accessible areas at Newmarket Racecourses. Disabled toilets are operated via the RADAR key system.
Viewing Platforms/ Disabled Viewing Platforms – Wheelchair Users
For all racing plus music events, we take bookings for all of the designated disabled platform areas.
There are a choice of three platforms; A, B or C (Please see Accessibility Map for specific locations). Allocation of spaces will be undertaken on a first come first served basis. Please note the platforms are open areas and you will be exposed to the elements.
- A (side only view of stage)
- B (rear of crowd stage right)
- C (rear of crowd stage left)
The platforms can accommodate wheelchairs that are within the dimensions 700mm wide by 1200mm long. If your wheelchair or scooter is larger than these dimensions please highlight this at the time of booking. Failure to inform us of this may result in us not being able to accommodate your request on the day.
To avoid disappointment please register in advance as we cannot guarantee availability on the day. If you have already made your ticket booking please contact the number below to check for availability. Access to the platforms will be by wristbands only. The pre-booked wristbands will be issued from the Free Pass Office on the day of the event you are attending.
Customers with non-mobility disabilities can view the stage in a reserved area within the stand. Spaces within these areas must be arranged in advance. Area D is accessible via a lift, Area E is only accessible via steps.
- D (stage right within Stand 2)
- E (stage right at the top of Stand 2)
Spaces on the platforms and within the reserved areas include one disabled visitor with one accompanying guest or Personal Assistant. No other visitors can be accommodated on the platform/in the areas, as priority must be given to our disabled customers.
If the area you wish to book is already at capacity and there are no other preferred options, a refund on your ticket can be arranged prior to the event. See Disabled Viewing Platform Areas.
To reserve a place on one of the designated platforms, please call 01638 675500 (Opt 4).
What is the dress code?
Newmarket Nights are full of great entertainment, featuring international superstars in music performing for all guests. The dress code differs for certain areas at Newmarket, so we have clarified what the specific dress codes are in each area.
Smart clothing is encouraged if you’re attending the Premier Enclosure. Gentlemen often wear dark or smart trousers with a smart shirt and formal shoes to fit the bill. The best way to describe the dress code for the Premier Enclosure would be to dress as if you’re going to a smart wedding where a suit is not obligatory. Trainers, t-shirts, fancy dress and sportswear are NOT acceptable attire in the Premier Enclosure.
Grandstand & Paddock and Garden Enclosures
In this area the dress code is more relaxed. Racegoers who are in this enclosure can choose to wear t-shirts and shorts to enjoy the sun and horseracing. The only restrictions are t-shirts with inappropriate prints and being bare-chested.
Only allowed in the Grandstand & Paddock and Garden Enclosure across all days at Newmarket Racecourses. Fancy dress is not permitted within the Premier Enclosure at any time.
Can I bring a picnic?
A range of food and beverage options is offered around the racecourse. If you would like to bring a picnic you can do so in the Garden Enclosure only.
Alcohol can only be brought into the Garden Enclosure with a substantial picnic and it is limited to one bottle of wine or champagne per person or 4 cans/bottles of beer, cider or pre-mixed aperitif. Unfortunately, spirits, fortified wines and Pimm’s (or similar) will not be allowed on course. You are not allowed to bring food or drink into the Premier or Grandstand & Paddock Enclosures.
Metal and ceramic knives, corkscrews or sharp knives, small bottles of beer or cider, or BBQ’s will not be permitted on course (if you have any items you are unsure whether will or won’t be permitted, please see the “Restricted Items” section below).
Once racing has finished no garden chairs, tables, picnics or any other items you bring with you can be taken into the Grandstand & Paddock or Premier Enclosures. Items can be left at our cloakroom Luggage Drop off pointed located in the Garden Enclosure or returned to your vehicles at your own risk. We also have a left luggage drop off point in our Blue Car Park for customers who have picnicked in the car parking areas.
There is a large screen in the Garden Enclosure allowing you to stay and enjoy the live music performance if preferred.
Please note that we do not allow picnic blankets into the Premier or Grandstand & Paddock Enclosures during racing or for the concerts.
Still have a question?
If we didn’t answer your question here, please have a look at Newmarket Racecourses’ FAQs here or give Newmarket’s Ticketing Team a call on 03445793010.