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Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

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Mon - 19:30
Tue 14:30 -
Wed - 19:30
Thu 14:30 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
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Beautiful - The Carole King Musical description

Beautiful – An amazing story about a remarkable woman

Directed by Marc Bruni with choreography by Josh Prince, set design by Derek McLane, costumes by Aleja Viettii, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski and sound by Brian Ronan, this unique show features orchestration by Steve Sidwell. While the Broadway production starred Jessie Mueller as Carole King, the British version will be played by a British cast, with full details due to be released nearer the time.

Beautiful – The story

Beautiful tells the fascinating story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, starting off as a member of one of the world's most successful ever chart-topping songwriting team together with her late husband Gerry Goffin. It reveals her relationship with her best friends and fellow songwriters Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann and explores her eventual role as one of the most successful pop music solo acts ever.

The show premiered on Broadway in January 2014 and raised the roof, generating a great deal of critical acclaim. Douglas McGrath's popular novel Beautiful inspires the show, which showcases masses of heart-stopping classics written by King, Goffin, Mann and Weil. And the hits just keep on coming, including unforgettable songs like A Natural Woman, You’ve Got a Friend and Will You Love Me Tomorrow. In total the musical contains more than twenty legendary King hits: The Locomotion, Up on the Roof, So Far Away, On Broadway, You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling, Walking in the Rain, Pleasant Valley Sunday, I Feel the Earth Move and more.

As King herself commented, “A few years ago I went to an early reading of a new musical about my life. Though some scenes about my younger years were very emotional for me, I could tell it was going to be a good show. I didn't go to the opening on Broadway, but when I finally worked up the courage to see it, I loved everything about Beautiful! This show is an honest portrayal of my early life with Gerry Goffin and our friendship with our competitors Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

The musical also launches on a US-wide tour in September 2015. Not many people get to see a Broadway and West End hit about their own lives, proving the popularity of the subject, the songs and the woman herself. Whether you were brought up on King hits or are completely new to them, you'll adore it.

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Beautiful - The Carole King Musical reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 1022 reviews

What to expect:

Acting
Music
Costumes
Story
Lighting

Recommended for:

Anyone (80%)
Families (82%)
Teenagers (81%)
Couples (94%)
Theatregoers (95%)
Latest customer reviews
Selina
Outstanding

An excellent production of a true story

Reviewed on 18 September 2017 by , Peterborough, United Kingdom

John
superb

Reviewed on 21 August 2017 by , Horton, United Kingdom

Marlene
Fabulous

Reviewed on 04 August 2017 by , Scottsdale, United States

Jenny
Definitely a must see

Reviewed on 02 August 2017 by , Soho, United Kingdom

Alan
Fantastic story and songs

Finishing soon. Would recommend seeing before 6th August

Reviewed on 28 July 2017 by , Street, United Kingdom

Salina
Entertaining and great singer

Reviewed on 28 July 2017 by , Barnet, United Kingdom

Caroline
Lovely feel good show

Reviewed on 27 July 2017 by , Rotherfield, United Kingdom

Mildred
Amazingly jaw dropping

We absolutely loved it. The voices,music, story was amazing. I learned a lot about music of that time and the history behind it. The word of the songs now have more debt and meaning to it.

Reviewed on 27 July 2017 by , Thornton Heath, United Kingdom

Valentine
Outstanding

Reviewed on 27 July 2017 by , Ingatestone, United Kingdom

David
Really Beautiful!

Great onstage actors and great staff in the house! Thank you!

Reviewed on 26 July 2017 by , Portland, United States

soner
Money Well Spent

A fantastic evening great songs, great lighting, complimented by fantastic singing.This is THE show to see a great way to spend an evening

Reviewed on 23 July 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Terence
Bring back the memories

What a fantastic show everything from stage set to choice of songs and how they were sung was fantastic. We never knew she wrote so many hits we are in our early 60s and my eldist sisyer is 70 we were all singing and claping along a fantastic sight to see. The lady in front had see her live back in the day and was sayinf it was very accurate.

Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by , Forest Hill, United Kingdom

donald
A must see with great music.

Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by , Canberra City, Australia

John
Don't miss it.

Reviewed on 21 July 2017 by , Warrington, United Kingdom

Douglas
Bubbly full of life

It's great these day's to be able to smile, and this show had us smiling and talking about it for days after, the whole cast were brilliant. Can't wait for it to come downunder will be going again

Reviewed on 21 July 2017 by , Whitebridge, United Kingdom

Timothy
Superb in every way - great storyline, humour, pathos and music

Reviewed on 20 July 2017 by , Mawson Lakes, Australia

Maurice
Fantastic Show

Reviewed on 20 July 2017 by , Glen Iris, Australia

Jennifer
Very Moving

A true story is always good. This one was brilliant happy and also very sad. Carole King is a very strong and clever lady and showed that her passion for music was brilliant and she has brought many people such happiness with her songs.

Reviewed on 19 July 2017 by , Coalville, United Kingdom

Erica
Fab a must see

Reviewed on 19 July 2017 by , Bluntisham, United Kingdom

REG
Not to be missed! You will be sorry!!!

THE London show.If you need a musical lift then see this show. The staging and story is beautifully presented. Acting is superb.The whole audience rose at the end.

Reviewed on 18 July 2017 by , Southend-on-sea, United Kingdom

Tia
Mums's birthday

I told my mum here for her birthday and she loved it as did I. I thought it would be more for her due to the age gap but I really enjoyed it as well, we knew so many songs, amazing singers and everyone got up and danced at the end. Great show :)

Reviewed on 18 July 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Geoffrey
A must see show

Great show, great music, very professional.

Reviewed on 15 July 2017 by , Braintree, United Kingdom

Doug
Great/ Wonderful

Reviewed on 14 July 2017 by , Victoria, Canada

Efrat
Great

Reviewed on 13 July 2017 by , Raanana, Israel

James
Excellent

Reviewed on 13 July 2017 by , Banbury, United Kingdom

carol
Amazing

Loved every part of the show, singing was amazing, story line was great. Set was very clever, dancing was brilliant.

Reviewed on 12 July 2017 by , Windsor, United Kingdom

Georgina
Amazing and great to watch

Fantastic show. Music, dancing and actors faultless. Great afternoon out. Could not fault it

Reviewed on 12 July 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Lesley
A must see

Fabulous show & terrific music!

Reviewed on 11 July 2017 by , Ayr, United Kingdom

Elizabeth
Excellent music!

Reviewed on 11 July 2017 by , St Albans, United Kingdom

Martin
Must see

As I wasn't familiar with artist Carole King, I certainly am now, Enough to download her music and soundtrack of show I am a fan of Cassidy Janson as I've seen her perform live acts as guest with Jive aces, and reason for to come see show beautiful

Reviewed on 11 July 2017 by , Blindley Heath, United Kingdom

Carol
Big, Bold & Beautiful

A 'First Class' Show with all the songs you know and love from a pioneering wonderful woman. Her life story is thrown in for good measure - amazing vocals that were just 'beautiful' - don't miss it.

Reviewed on 10 July 2017 by , Morpeth, United Kingdom

David
Great Presentation!

One of the best shows I've ever seen. Loved every moment!

Reviewed on 06 July 2017 by , Arlington, United States

Kim
It's a myst

For anyone who hasn't seen the show it's a must before the 5th August Seen it three times !!!

Reviewed on 05 July 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Doyin
Delightful

Reviewed on 03 July 2017 by , Bromley, United Kingdom

Paige
AMAZING

Reviewed on 03 July 2017 by , St Pete Beach, United States

susan
Carol king

Great Theater

Reviewed on 01 July 2017 by , Lytham St Annes, United Kingdom

Ian

Best show I've seen.

Reviewed on 01 July 2017 by , Duns, United Kingdom

Theresa
A day out

Once the email confirmation was sorted excellent thank you for sorting this out

Reviewed on 30 June 2017 by , Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Mary
Beautiful voices tell a girl makes good story

The Carole King musical was entertaining and well presented. It isn't often that one sees a production where every voice is delightful. The costuming and choreography were delightful.

Reviewed on 30 June 2017 by , Aptos, United States

Zita

We are the same vintage as Carole King and love her music

Reviewed on 30 June 2017 by , Poynton, United Kingdom

Marion
Unexpectadly Great.

Reviewed on 30 June 2017 by , Rockingham, Australia

Angela
a definite must-see!

An excellent show, the only down side was the number of stairs to climb to the Grand Circle.

Reviewed on 30 June 2017 by , Lowestoft, United Kingdom

Andy
You'll know and love the songs...

Loved this show from beginning to end. Great acting, singing and dancing throughout. Clever integration of music from other writers too. Aldwych knows how to put on a quality show with great lighting, scenery and musical performances. I must go to another show soon!

Reviewed on 28 June 2017 by , Waterlooville, United Kingdom

linda
must see show

Brilliant songs , singing and acting . a show I would love to see again !

Reviewed on 28 June 2017 by , Bexley, United Kingdom

Frances
A wonderful tribute to a beautiful songstress

We thoroughly enjoyed the show. Excellent performances. Particularly liked the depictions of music studio in the 1950s.

Reviewed on 28 June 2017 by , Armidale, Australia

Hugh
Entertaining and enjoyable

Reviewed on 28 June 2017 by , Huntingdon, United Kingdom

DORIAN
Feel good show with quality singing

Excellent show with great acting, well sung oldie favourite songs, with a great cast carrying off their roles.

Reviewed on 26 June 2017 by , Kidwelly, United Kingdom

Patricia
nostalgic

the main actress was brilliant and the cast was orthenic to the era.surpised that she wrote so many songs

Reviewed on 26 June 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Julie
Fantastic music throughout

Wonderful shown for anyone who loves music, what a talented cast!

Reviewed on 25 June 2017 by , Hatfield, United Kingdom

Martin
An excellent evenings entertainment

This production has only a little more than a month to run so a detailed review at this stage would seem pretty pointless. However we thoroughly enjoyed "Beautiful" especially of course the music almost all of which we were entirely familiar with and the Carole King story some of which was unknown to us previously.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by , Sandy, United Kingdom

Christelle
Brilliant

The show was fantastic. I really showed that a lot of research had gone into the production to ensure authenticity. Thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

Reviewed on 23 June 2017 by , Fortitude Valley, Australia

andrew
hit after hit

Reviewed on 18 June 2017 by , Isleworth, United Kingdom

BELINDA
Beautiful Music, Beautiful Cast, Beautiful Show!

The songs were the reason I went to see the show and I wasn't disappointed. Added to that was a poignant storyline linking them which added to the enjoyment of the show. The cast were excellent and it was altogether one of the most enjoyable shows I have seen on the London stage.

Reviewed on 18 June 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Colette
So entertaining!

It was really a very entertaining show. Good story line, great dancing singing and acting- one of the best shows I have seen in a long time.

Reviewed on 17 June 2017 by , Orchid, United Kingdom

Robert
Beautiful Beautiful

Wonderful show. We enjoyed every minute of it

Reviewed on 17 June 2017 by , Atlantis, United States

Robert
Amazing

Reviewed on 16 June 2017 by , South Bunbury, Australia

Ian
Fantastic

Even if your are not a Carole King fan you will love this muscical

Reviewed on 16 June 2017 by , Plymouth, United Kingdom

Mary
Fun. Nostalgic. Moving. Educational. Uplifting. Impressive.

Reviewed on 15 June 2017 by , Calgary, Canada

Swee Shing
Touching & Inspirational

Reviewed on 14 June 2017 by , Singapore, Singapore

Rachel
Sympathetic and heart warming

It was a great mix of comedy, tales of love and friendship and a walk through the history of pop and soul through the decades

Reviewed on 13 June 2017 by , Barnsley, United Kingdom

Aileen
Fabulous

Brilliant music, well sung and acted

Reviewed on 11 June 2017 by , Kilmarnock, United Kingdom

RONALD
Three entertaining hours

My wife and I thought it was extremely enjoyable and would love to see it again

Reviewed on 09 June 2017 by , Northampton, United Kingdom

Belinda
Must see Musical

I was initially not enthusiastic about seeing Beautiful. A friend took my husband when he was in London in February and he loved it. I took my daughter also reluctant on my husbands recommendation, and we both loved the performance. Found it really interesting how much song writing Carol King had done. Love the story and would see it again. Thank you

Reviewed on 09 June 2017 by , Fitzroy, Australia

Brian
First rate Music

Reviewed on 09 June 2017 by , Southampton, United Kingdom

Anna
Beautiful-a wonderful afternoon

Really enjoyed the show. Brought back very happy memories.

Reviewed on 07 June 2017 by , Luton, United Kingdom

John
Great Show

Reviewed on 05 June 2017 by , Edinburgh, United Kingdom

John
Beautiful

Reviewed on 05 June 2017 by , Philadelphia, United States

Andrew
Musical experience

A fantastic show, funny quirky excellent performers and singers true to life

Reviewed on 04 June 2017 by , Thompson Norfolk, United Kingdom

Jeff
Very professional

Reviewed on 21 May 2017 by , Danville, United States

Kathryn
Awesome - a must see!!

This was a fabulous musical and drama all wrapped into one. At times you will be wanting to sing along (but not out loud of course), tapping your feet, laughing and at times a few tears as you learn about Carol Kings life and the many songs she and her husband wrote together!! Music from the Drifters and many more groups. Great singing and acting and dancing!!

Reviewed on 20 May 2017 by , Port Townsend, United Kingdom

Brendon
I'll still love you tomorrow

The lead was brilliant and supporting cast were outstanding. A must see show for devotees of music.

Reviewed on 19 May 2017 by , North Perth, Australia

Caryl
Terrific nostalgic show

Absolutely go see . The story shares some of her life but it corporates enough songs.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by , Cathedral City, United States

Anthony
A must see show

Reviewed on 10 May 2017 by , Gt Barton Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom

John
Brilliant

Uplifting good fun and entertaining

Reviewed on 09 May 2017 by , Torryburn, United Kingdom

GAIL

Really wonderful music.

Reviewed on 01 May 2017 by , Redlands, United Kingdom

Paula
Excellent!

Fantastic show and well worth the money!

Reviewed on 30 April 2017 by , Billericay, United Kingdom

Maureen
Emotional trip back to my youth

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by , Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Thomas
Interesting and informative history of pop music and the inderviduls who made it happen.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by , Sandhurst, United Kingdom

Merlee
"Beautiful" story of female courage

Reviewed on 28 April 2017 by , Makati City, Philippines

Rick
If Only You Knew

Though I'm not a musical fan, I was very impressed and entertained during this show. This was a last-minute addition to our day, and we were pleasantly surprised by the music, acting and overall entertainment experience. Seating was a bit uncomfortable, but I found myself enthralled with the story and music, thus forgot my discomfort. We would highly recommend this to anyone wavering whether to go see it.

Reviewed on 28 April 2017 by , Tullahoma, United States

Phillip
Fabulous from start to finish, all emotions of life experienced. Great acting, music, sets etc etc. ns

Reviewed on 25 April 2017 by , Clifton Springs, Australia

Stuart
Excellent rendition of Carole's life and musical career - I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Reviewed on 25 April 2017 by , Walton-on-thames, United Kingdom

neeta
Beautiful & so much more....

This show was 'Beautiful' in every sense of the word. The acting & singing was second to none....could have watched more & more.

Reviewed on 23 April 2017 by , Cuffley, United Kingdom

John
Great 1960's hit music

Great show from start to finish, great cast, great singing & acting, a must see

Reviewed on 23 April 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Laurence
Enjoyable

Nice real story and the singing fantastic

Reviewed on 23 April 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Joanne
Great music

A really lovely show, music was so good and a good story which was easy to follow. A lovely theatre, however half way through the first half someone in the row in front of us started filming the show when the usher came rushing along our row standing on people's feet and falling into us he made such a commotion and it was a wonder he didn't fall into the row she was sat in.

Reviewed on 18 April 2017 by , Rhyl, United Kingdom

beverley
great show

Reviewed on 17 April 2017 by , Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Cheryl
Enjoyable

Wonderful music

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by , New Ross, Canada

Guy
Carol grows u

Reviewed on 12 April 2017 by , Lane Cove, Australia

Joanne
Couples night out

Reviewed on 08 April 2017 by , Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Paul
Must see

Excellent musical. Actually learned a lot about her writing for other groups that I did not know before LoL. Singling and music excellent. Highly recommended.

Reviewed on 07 April 2017 by , Hornchurch, United Kingdom

Carol
Music with memories

Reviewed on 07 April 2017 by , Croydon, United Kingdom

Janice
not to be missed

costumes, choreography and continuity of songs, made it a most enjoyable occasion.

Reviewed on 05 April 2017 by , Wallington, United Kingdom

Paul
Must see musical

Reviewed on 05 April 2017 by , Hastings, United Kingdom

Ifor
Energetic

Reviewed on 31 March 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Christine
Must see

Great music, great to learn of her life, absolutely fantastic evening

Reviewed on 30 March 2017 by , Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom

Aine
Excellent show

I grew up with the music of Carole King and the London cast did an admirable job of portraying Carole and the prople who featured in her life.

Reviewed on 29 March 2017 by , London, United Kingdom

Elizabeth
Fabulous

Excellent review of the wonder that is Carol King

Reviewed on 26 March 2017 by , Kilmarnock, United Kingdom

Heather
A BRILLIANT NOSTALIC UPLIFTING SHOW

The show was great but I thought the audience did not participate one person complained because the person in front was singing along to the music and I felt like I wanted to get up and dance and sing bu the audience although they liked it they did not participate much and I go to the theatre because it is somewhere where I can participate!!! I think there is too much spectator-ism today with people watching lots of movies etc. However it was brilliant Cassidy jensen who played the role of Carole King was perfect very well cast..I really liked the Aldwich Theatre cosy and comfortable.

Reviewed on 26 March 2017 by , Crowborough, United Kingdom

Sally
Brilliant

Loved all the music and dancing. Scenery was good and very clever costume changes. Story was enjoyable and funny

Reviewed on 23 March 2017 by , Gravesend, United Kingdom

26 May
2017
Phil Willmott

Last chance to catch the Beautiful BEAUTIFUL

by Phil Willmott | Friday, May 26 2017, 14:25

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical I always like to celebrate a show whose primary purpose is to give pleasure and Beautiful which is about to end its time at the Aldwych Theatre after a very respectable run of over two years, is just such a show.

You also learn a lot too. Although I’ve loved songs like So Far Away, Take Good Care of My Baby and Locomotion but I had no idea that the same songwriter was behind them all. That song writer was Carole King and the show takes the form of a gentle autobiography, dramatising scenes from King’s life interspersed with musical numbers she’s written.

Last chance to catch the Beautiful BEAUTIFUL
17 Sep
2015
Phil Willmott

Joanna Woodward triumphs as the latest star of BEAUTIFUL

by Phil Willmott | Thursday, September 17 2015, 14:00

Joanna WoodwardI’ve seen the jukebox, biographical musical BEAUTIFUL, about the life and music of Carole King before, both in New York and at London’s Aldwych Theatre and always quite enjoyed it.

Kings essential “niceness” shines through the gentle but uplifting story of her journey from hopeful teen hoping to sell her songs, through the ups and downs, friendships and collaborations of her time writing hits for other people, to starring in her own right at Carnegie Hall after the massive success of her solo album TAPESTRY.

Joanna Woodward triumphs as the latest star of BEAUTIFUL