Shaftesbury Theatre

210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP GB

Memphis

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4.8/5
based on 398 reviews

Shaftesbury Theatre

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Starring: Beverley Knight

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

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Memphis – Witness musical history in the making

The original concept for Memphis came from the famous US theatre producer George W. George way back in the early 2000s. The musical’s first appearances in Beverly, Massachusetts and Mountain View, California, set the stage for something much bigger.

When the show eventually hit Broadway in 2009 it became an instant hit, gathering a Golden Icon award for Best Musical in the Live Theatre plus a total of four coveted Tony awards, including Best Musical plus four awards from Drama Desk… thus a shining musical star was born.

The show finally left Broadway three years later with 30 previews and more than 1100 regular performances under its belt. The British version stars the wonderful Beverley Knight, the undisputed queen of UK soul. The original show tunes come courtesy of the Grammy-winning David Bryan, who was also one of the original founders of the rock band Bon Jovi. And the storyline is even more gripping than you might expect, because it has its roots in the truth.

Written by the seriously talented writer Joe DiPietro, Memphis is an exhilarating blend of fantastic music, raw energy and soaring emotion. If you fancy raising the roof in remembrance of one of the music scene’s most thrilling periods, this one’s for you.

Memphis - The story

Coming your way fresh from a 55 city tour and a smash hit run on Broadway, Memphis is tipped as the West End’s next big musical hot property. The story takes place against a backdrop of seamy underground nightclubs in 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, where a brand new musical era is about to dawn.

Rock and roll, the blues and gospel are about to change the music scene forever, and one young white DJ’s life is about to change just as much as he falls in love with a beautiful black club diva, and takes on the challenge of getting her on mainstream US radio. His efforts fly in the face of American culture, and ultimately help fire up a music revolution that has repercussions right across the world.

Beverley Knight stars in some shows but not all. As a rule she won’t be appearing in Monday evening or Wednesday matinee performances. If you’re dedicated fan, make sure you she will be on stage for the performance you’re booking.

Memphis theatre tickets – A moving musical drama

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Press Reviews

Hold on to your hats! Daily Mail

Beverley Knight is sensational! Evening Standard

Some of the most thrilling vocal work you'll find on the London stage The Daily Telegraph

Customer Reviews

What to expect:

Acting

Music

Costumes

Story

Lighting

Recommended for:

Anyone
85%
Families
87%
Teenagers
89%
Couples
95%
Theatregoers
96%

based on 398 reviews

Loud

London Box Office customer

where to next?

this was a great all round show and if it goes on the road to your area you must see it.


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Wowza

Really enjoyed the whole thing


London Box Office customer

Had everything, good story, fantastic music and dancing, humour. Really enjoyed it all.


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Gutted it's finishing

Outstanding show, lookout for when it tours, which it should if it doesn't return to the west end!!!!


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AMAZINGGG!

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Outstanding

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TOE TAPPING ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE AND FUN

HISTORICALLY WAS GREAT AND LOVED THE ENTHUSIASM OF THE CAST THEY LOOKED THEY WERE HAVING FUN AND ENJOYING THEMSELVES WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE


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Awesome, brilliantly funny

Loved the story, brilliant characters with humour.


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Last chance to see!

Wow, just wow! Enjoyed it all


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Lively, non stop entertainment, must be seen

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A show not to be missed

Fantastic show from start to finish, would certainly go again. Vibrant, energetic, dancing, singing awesome. Would recommend this show to anyone.


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Fantastic singing and dancing, a real treat.

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Excellent show

Found the show brilliant. Loved the building. Very olde worldie loved everything about the experience.


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Fantastic Memphis !!

Recommend this show to anyone who loves great singing, dancing and fun. Really good feel good show, with outstanding performances from the whole cast!!! Wonderful show! Thank you !!


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Not to be missed

Brilliant show, excellent singing and acting and a must see. Why is it ending at the end of the month?


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Best Show this year!!

Superb show, wish I could've afforded front row of royal circle. View would've been better from there...


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Great show - Music from start to finish - Beverly Knight & Matt Cardale were excellent!!

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Must see

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Best ever

Beverly knight what a diva woooo Mat cardle fantastic Best show ever seen excellent value for money Big thank you


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Amazing

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fantastic!

The music was fantastic and the singers were superb!


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amazing

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Memorable

Excellent singing from Beverly Knight in particular but others as well. Good storyline and costumes. Altogether an unforgettable brilliant show.


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Amazing

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Brilliant show with fantastic signing

The show itself was brilliant, with an OK story line (for a musical!). It was both funny and also making a strong point about white/black segregation in the USA south in the 50s. Both the lead actors, Berlinda Knight and Matt Cardale were outstanding.


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Insane!!

This is definitely the best show I've seen on the West End! Incredible, loved each part! Last 2 weeks, so book your tickets now!!!


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Bee bop Romp!

A latter day `Good Morning Vietnam`...a clever selection of location /venues and acting roles completing the substitution for the ones featured in the Robin Williams epic. A true salutation, in that case, for the male and female lead in Memphis. Solid support roles, good sets & exciting choreography ensures regular full houses at the dated theatre.


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Very professional, great vocals and dancing

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Knight mesmerising in Memphis

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Wow, this show is a must

From the moment the curtain lifted, it was non stop, fast paced entertainment. There wasn't. Note or foot wrong. Beverley Knights voice is amazing and it's hard to pick out a favourite over all the actors and actresses singing, dancing ect. Matt Cardle, well, what can I say, he rocked as the very sweet Hughie. I think lots of the crew are highly under rated. utterly brilliant from start to finish. Thank you for complete entertainment.


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Fantastic!

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Great entertainment, music, singing and dancing superb.

Beverley Knight is the star of the show, she has a remarkable talent and a voice which resonates in an outstanding way from the moment she appears on the stage and sings her first note. She is exceptional but the rest of the cast is excellent also. The male lead, the actors, dancers and singers and the wonderful orchestra/band behind the scenes, all super class. This is a must for all theatregoers enjoying a musical, this has to rate the best musical in London at the present time. By a long stretch.


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Amazing

We got seats that said were restricted viewing but we're still great.


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Brilliant!!! Extremely Energetic!!!

I am so pleased that I managed to get to see this show, as it is one of the best shows that I have seen for a long time. All the cast are excellent, they work so hard. The dancing and vocals are out of this world. It is a really must see show.


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Amazing entertainment a must see

The leading roles were the best choice possible, Beverley knight is awesum her voice is just amazing gives me goosebumps when I hear her sing. The other singers complemented the lead roles too, the other cast members acting wasn't the best but were ok. Mat cardle impressed me with his acting I was blown away with his abilities not just with his singing which we all know he is brilliant but his acting was pretty incredible. The man who played the old guy I was very impressed with too. Mat and Beverley complimented each other with their duests impeccably I was blown away by the whole show it has got to be up there with my top 3 DEFINATELY .


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Memphis memorable

One of the best West End shows ever thoroughly entertaining from start to finish Beverley Knight voice is great Matt Cardle as Hughie is incredible and absolutely unforgettable would love to see it again if possible LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT


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Great music and an excellent cast

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Memphis is a cracking show

Went to see this on wed7oct , the matinee and was not busy and the star names where not performing, not a problem , the replacements where fantastic and I can't believe the star names could have been any better at all, didn't know anything about the show so didn't know what to expect, it was a great love story with the main topic being racism in the50 s, the music was powerful and there were many funny bits as well, best show I've been too, would highly recommend it.


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wonderful music spectacular

Fantastic show, acting superb, music wonderful a must see!!!


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Fabulous!

What a great show. Beverley Knight is wonderful, such a powerful voice and we were not at all disappointed that Matt Cardle wasn't appearing, Jon Robyns was absolutely fabulous and should be a headline act! There was no weak link and the story has a good mix of drama, comedy and touching moments.


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Great show

Go see!


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BEST SHOW I HAVE SEEN IN YEARS

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Excellent way to spend an evening!

Excellent performances, the musical took the audience through every emotion from happiness to sadness in the love story, to anger and reconciliation in the back story of racism- a thoroughly enjoyable, worthwhile way to spend an evening! Foot stompingly good!


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Captivating, lively and uplifting

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A must see show

Wonderful show! Great cast, great music, loved it all.


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Passionate

I thoroughly enjoyed the show.


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it was ok

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AWESOME!!

Phenomenal singing!


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A great entertaining family show

This show is a must see if you like theatre. It is lively, vibrant and very entertaining. Beverly Knight is an amazing performer. Matt Cardle was not performing on this evening however Jon Robyns did a great performance. Please do not be put off seeing the show if Matt is not due to perform, it is an up lifting, entertaining show. It does hit on some segregation issues of the 1950's in the USA of the time, but this can be an education for some. Visit the show and enjoy.


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Brilliant!

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Incredible

The best musical ive ever seen. Beverly Knights voice was incredible, Matt cardle was the star of the show for me, acting and singing was on point.


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Appropriate

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Breath taking

You will not get a better show ever fantastic acting and music, one to be put on bucket list


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Must see

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fabulous

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definitely a must see

If you love good music, incredible voices and like to see perfect performance...this is the show to see. Do not forget to prepare yourself for some laughing sessions and a moment which makes your heart melt.


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Brilliant show, deserved the standing ovation


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Must see!

Fun and had me tapping my feet wanting to dance. Sad and funny and the voices of the singers gave me goose bumps!


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Absolutely, brilliant show!

Memphis is fantastic! All of the cast gave wonderful performances: the singing and dancing and the pace of the show are all 5* performances! It's the best show we have all seen!


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Educational and a master class in singing and comedy

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Memphis belle

Superb music. Very talented cast. Singing and dancing a delight to watch! All very eye catching. Rachel John and Matt Cardle were impressive leads.


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Awesome Dancing & Singing

The voice of the two main characters were fantastic, and I'm saying that when Beverly Knight was on a break !!


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Incredible! Emotional!

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fab fab fab

when we arrived we were swiftly upgraded to a much better seat. the staff were so helpful. drinks and ice-creams are a little expensive.but we enjoyed this show, it was so professional and quickily got into the story. fab


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Entertaining

Good entertainment! Not what I was expecting but good performances and staging with exceptional singers made it an enjoyable night


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Superb!!

This show is now one of my most favourites if not my most favourite. It was funny, sad, vibrant and kept you totally engaged throughout. Most definitely recommend.


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Creative

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Most incredible singing for a happy feeling

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An Entertainment Event

!st Class show,non stop music performed by a cast that sang and danced their way through the entire performance superbly ,and the band were right there with them.


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Good night out !!

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A must see

This is the best musical i have ever seen. Absolutely fabulous from start to finish in all areas.


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Mega!

Best show for years!!!!! If you love soul/Motown a MUST SEE!


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Fab-U-Las

Enjoyed the show from the minute it began until the minute it ended. My husband began foot tapping right at the start WoW


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Uplifting, feel good,amusing!

Very enjoyable show. Plenty of singing, great dancing by very professional artists. Beverley Knight was brilliant. Matt Cardell equally enjoyable to watch. Great entertainment. Must also mention the band who were outstanding. We would love to go again. Standing ovation at the end.


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Must see

Amazing storyline singing was sensational


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must see

amazing, excellent score and story performances very good


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One of the best musicals We've seen

We booked this on a whim not knowing what it was really about - a really amazing show, one of the best musicals we have been to.


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Best Musical seen in last 10 years

High energy / great music, acting and stage sets and changes. So many soloists with awesome powerful voices and the leads, Beverly and Matt were leads in every sense of the role.


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Uplifting, brilliant

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Great music and dancing.

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Amazing

Just amazing, soulful, fun lively great vocals and at the stage door afterwards so friendly


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must see show

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Must sed

This show is closing soon but it's a must see if you can. A very good story with an amazing cast. Excellent acting and singing by all.


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Defiantly worth seeing!

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Must see

Brilliant singing and dancing.


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Outstanding production

Fab seats, fab singing dancing and acting!! Loved loved Beverley Knight and Matt Cardle!


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must see

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Soul at its best

Loved the show especially the two leads who had incredible voices and sung with passion. Great story although not true it was based on things around that time. Cast amazing and moved really well too. A real soulful treat


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Really enjoyable

Took my teenager daughter to see the show. Late booking so didn't know much about the story, or have any preconceptions about what to expect. Both thoroughly enjoyed it. It was fun, fast moving, amusing and the singing was amazing. Very impressed by Matt Cardle's first acting role. Often find that shows where none of the songs are familiar are less enjoyable - this was not the case here. Thoroughly recommended!


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must see it!

Right from start captured audience. singing, dancing , acting was excellent. Well recommed for teenagers as both my daughters loved it!


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Outstanding performance

Brilliant casting of main characters! The singing was excellent. Matt Cardell and Beverley Knight were so believable in the parts they played.


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AMAZING, A MUST SEE!

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Great songs and fantastic vocal performance: must see!!

Not only are the male and female leads fantastic vocalists, but the supporting cast are superb


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Must be the Musical smash of the year!!!

Although Matt Cardle did not play the matinee performance we thoroughly enjoyed the whole show ......... Beverley Knight smashed it!!!!


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Mustn't miss this show-it's brilliant

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best music we have heard for years

the show was spellbinding from start to finish .a couple of times the music seemed to be too loud for the singers voice. T his would not put me off going again.


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Fab Time

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Brilliant music

Beverly Knight's voice absolute - a very powerful part of the show. All the cast work extremely hard and are excellent performers in their own right. Very enjoyable.


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a great night out !wow

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Memphis Memphis Memphis Memphis Memphis Memphis
Memphis gets the X Factor

19 May 2015

Memphis Previous X Factor winner Matt Cardle is due to star in the multi award-winning West End production of Memphis the Musical.

The popular recording artist will take over from Killian Donnelly in the role of Huey Calhoun from 6 July 2015, joining the current leading lady Beverley Knight, who will continue in her role as soul sensation Felicia Farrell.

Beverley Knight will continue leading role in sell-out hit Memphis

03 Feb 2015

Memphis Platinum selling soul artist, Beverley Knight has confirmed that she will continue her acclaimed leading role in the smash-hit West End musical Memphis.

Beverley Knight plays rising superstar Felicia Farrell in the American import musical that won numerous awards on Broadway, and now here in the UK. The singer is currently contracted until July 2015 in the production that is pulling in the audiences at the Shaftsbury Theatre.

Review of Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre

29 Oct 2014

Memphis at the Shaftsbury Theatre This Broadway export of the Tony Award winning musical MEMPHIS to the West End, is very good news indeed for London theatregoers.

Although it has an original score that the majority of the audience didn’t know, it had everyone leaping to their feet and roaring their approval on the night I saw it. The likelyhood is you'll feel the same way.

The show tells the story of how Huey, a geeky, white Memphis DJ won't take no for an answer when he sets out to convince the mainstream record buying public that they should be listening to music from the black community, specifically as sung by his girlfriend, Felicia.

Full Cast announced for Memphis the Musical

12 Jun 2014

Memphis the Musical The full cast for the West End premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis has been announced.

Opening at the Shaftsbury Theatre following the smash-hit musical The Pajama Game, Memphis the Musical will star the legendary Beverley Knight as soul sensation Felicia Farrell, Killian Donnelly as Huey Calhoun, Tyrone Huntley as Gator, Rolan Bell as Delray, Claire Machin as Gladys, Mark Roper as Mr Simmons and Jason Pennycooke as Bobby.


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Shaftesbury Theatre
210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP GB

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  • Air cooled
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Member of Q-Park scheme
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair/scooter access

Theatre Info

  • Capacity: 1400
  • Year built: 1911