Michael Jackson sees Rowan Atkinson in ‘Oliver!’

Singer hits the London theatre scene

Michael Jackson has hit the London theatre scene – heading out last night (March 6) to catch West End musical ‘Oliver!’ at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden.

The singer, who announced that he would play ten shows at the London O2 Arena in July during a press conference on Thursday (March 5), watched the Rowan Atkinson-starring performance with his children and a few minders, reports The Sun.

Jackson signed autographs for fans outside the venue and hugged one bold admirer who came up to him during the interval. He clapped along to the performance and according to theatre-goers seemed to know the words to the songs.

Actor Alan Davies was in the crowd, and was astonished to suddenly find himself sat a few seats away from the King Of Pop.

“He was about four seats away all night,” he wrote on his Twitter stream, Twitter/com/alandavies1. He added that Jackson was “loving the show. He applauded a lot at the end, signed a couple of programmes and left. Funny old world.”

Keep checking NME.COM for further details of Michael Jackson’s forthcoming London O2 Arena residency when announced.