Aldwych Theatre

49 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF GB

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Tickets

4.8/5
based on 1020 reviews

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Booking from: Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Booking until: Saturday, 5 August 2017

Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Tickets from £63.00
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Booking from:
Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Booking until:
Saturday, 5 August 2017

Running time:
2 hours 25 minutes

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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Press Reviews

Katie Brayben as Carole King is the real deal Daily Mail

The amazing story…with hit songs told through laughter and tears. I enjoyed every minute! BBC Radio 2

Customer Reviews

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Anyone:
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Families:
82%
Teenagers:
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Couples:
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Theatregoers:
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based on 1020 reviews

Fabulous

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Definitely a must see

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Fantastic story and songs

Finishing soon. Would recommend seeing before 6th August


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Entertaining and great singer

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Lovely feel good show

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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.


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Outstanding

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Really Beautiful!

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


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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


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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.


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A must see with great music.

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Don't miss it.

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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


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

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Fantastic Show

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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.


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Fab a must see

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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.


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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 :)


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A must see show

Great show, great music, very professional.


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Great/ Wonderful

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Great

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Excellent

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Amazing

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


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Amazing and great to watch

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


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A must see

Fabulous show & terrific music!


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Excellent music!

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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


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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.


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Great Presentation!

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


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It's a myst

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


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Delightful

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AMAZING

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Carol king

Great Theater


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Best show I've seen.


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A day out

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


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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.


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


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Unexpectadly Great.

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a definite must-see!

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


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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!


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must see show

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


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A wonderful tribute to a beautiful songstress

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


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Entertaining and enjoyable

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Feel good show with quality singing

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


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nostalgic

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


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Fantastic music throughout

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


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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.


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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.


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hit after hit

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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.


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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.


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Beautiful Beautiful

Wonderful show. We enjoyed every minute of it


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Amazing

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Fantastic

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


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

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Touching & Inspirational

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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


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Fabulous

Brilliant music, well sung and acted


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Three entertaining hours

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


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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


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First rate Music

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Beautiful-a wonderful afternoon

Really enjoyed the show. Brought back very happy memories.


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Great Show

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Beautiful

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Musical experience

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


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Very professional

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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!!


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I'll still love you tomorrow

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


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Terrific nostalgic show

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


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A must see show

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Brilliant

Uplifting good fun and entertaining


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Really wonderful music.


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Excellent!

Fantastic show and well worth the money!


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Emotional trip back to my youth

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

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"Beautiful" story of female courage

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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.


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

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

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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.


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Great 1960's hit music

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


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Enjoyable

Nice real story and the singing fantastic


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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.


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Last chance to catch the Beautiful BEAUTIFUL

26 May 2017 in News

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.

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17 Sep 2015 in Reviews

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.

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Olivier Awards This weekend was one of the pivotal awards weekends in the theatre calendar, with the stars of the West End hitting the red carpet to celebrate the best of theatre, dance and opera that London had to offer. The 39th Lawrence Olivier Awards took place on Sunday 12th April at the Royal Opera House and as ever there were some expected wins for the year’s most popular productions but also some surprises as well deserved dark horses crept up unawares.

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Review of Beautiful The Musical

12 Mar 2015 in Reviews

Beautiful The Musical One of the better jukebox musicals I have seen on the West End, a slightly stronger supporting cast and meatier storyline would be the icing on the cake here.

I have to admit, before this musical I belonged to one of the uncultured masses. Yes, I had heard of Carole King and I knew she was a famous songwriter, but I couldn’t have named any of her songs. I always associated her with the music of the generation above me, one of the names of the past that I knew was well respected but didn’t really know why.

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Review of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

27 Feb 2015 in Reviews

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical The producers of Beautiful have today released over 350,000 new tickets presumably in response to demand since the reviews have come out. It's great news and proof that a hit can come out of a seemingly unpromising idea.

Unpromising because unless you're an expert on twentieth century pop you probably haven’t heard of King. But I’m happy to report that like Jersey Boys (featuring the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons) and Thriller Live (drawing on the back catalogue of Michael Jackson) Beautiful is one of those terrific evenings when you suddenly discover how many of your favourite hits are the work of one artist.

 

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