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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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What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (85%)
Reviewed on 01 November 2015 by Edward, Aylesbury, United Kingdom
this was a great all round show and if it goes on the road to your area you must see it.
Reviewed on 01 November 2015 by Colin, Guildford, United Kingdom
Really enjoyed the whole thing
Reviewed on 31 October 2015 by Diane, Bedford, United Kingdom
Had everything, good story, fantastic music and dancing, humour. Really enjoyed it all.
Reviewed on 31 October 2015 by Josephine, Helston, United Kingdom
Outstanding show, lookout for when it tours, which it should if it doesn't return to the west end!!!!
Reviewed on 30 October 2015 by Bejoy, Purley, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 October 2015 by Zohar, East Grinstead, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 October 2015 by Gill, Baston, United Kingdom
HISTORICALLY WAS GREAT AND LOVED THE ENTHUSIASM OF THE CAST THEY LOOKED THEY WERE HAVING FUN AND ENJOYING THEMSELVESWOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE
Reviewed on 29 October 2015 by Marie, Invercargill, New Zealand
Loved the story, brilliant characters with humour.
Reviewed on 28 October 2015 by Andrea, Ipswich, United Kingdom
Wow, just wow! Enjoyed it all
Reviewed on 26 October 2015 by Suzanne, Ongar, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 October 2015 by Jane, Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
Fantastic show from start to finish, would certainly go again. Vibrant, energetic, dancing, singing awesome. Would recommend this show to anyone.
Reviewed on 25 October 2015 by Stephen, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 October 2015 by Steven, Bourne, United Kingdom
Found the show brilliant. Loved the building. Very olde worldie loved everything about the experience.
Reviewed on 25 October 2015 by Tracey, Sutton Bridge, United Kingdom
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 !!
Reviewed on 24 October 2015 by Annabelle, Bishop's Stortford, United Kingdom
Brilliant show, excellent singing and acting and a must see. Why is it ending at the end of the month?
Reviewed on 22 October 2015 by Michael, Norwich, United Kingdom
Superb show, wish I could've afforded front row of royal circle. View would've been better from there...
Reviewed on 22 October 2015 by Julia, Basildon, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 October 2015 by David, St Neots, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 October 2015 by Mark
Beverly knight what a diva wooooMat cardle fantastic Best show ever seen excellent value for money Big thank you
Reviewed on 18 October 2015 by Angela, St Leonards On Sea, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 October 2015 by Gillian, Conder Green, United Kingdom
The music was fantastic and the singers were superb!
Reviewed on 18 October 2015 by Fiona, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 October 2015 by Denise, Surrey, United Kingdom
Excellent singing from Beverly Knight in particular but others as well. Good storyline and costumes. Altogether an unforgettable brilliant show.
Reviewed on 18 October 2015 by Wayne, Reading, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 October 2015 by Colin, Broomfield, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 18 October 2015 by Simon, Hook, United Kingdom
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!!!
Reviewed on 18 October 2015 by Antoine, Bushey, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 17 October 2015 by Rob, Daventry, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 16 October 2015 by Kelvin, Longfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 16 October 2015 by Victoria, Orpington, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 16 October 2015 by Janice, Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 15 October 2015 by Elizabeth, Sudbury, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 15 October 2015 by Philip, Broadbridge Heath, Horsham, United Kingdom
We got seats that said were restricted viewing but we're still great.
Reviewed on 14 October 2015 by Pauleen, Nottingham, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 12 October 2015 by Stellina, London, United Kingdom
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 .
Reviewed on 11 October 2015 by Tina, Solihull, United Kingdom
One of the best West End shows ever thoroughlyentertaining from start to finish Beverley Knight voice isgreat Matt Cardle as Hughie is incredible and absolutely unforgettable would love to see it again if possible LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT
Reviewed on 11 October 2015 by Lesley, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 October 2015 by Gordon, Liverpool, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 08 October 2015 by Darren, Seaford, United Kingdom
Fantastic show, acting superb, music wonderful a must see!!!
Reviewed on 05 October 2015 by Catherine, Hastings, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 04 October 2015 by Sharon, Nuneaton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 03 October 2015 by Barbara, Romford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 October 2015 by Louisa, Beckenham, United Kingdom
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!
Reviewed on 01 October 2015 by Karen, Lydney, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 September 2015 by Jon, Liskeard, United Kingdom
Wonderful show! Great cast, great music, loved it all.
Reviewed on 29 September 2015 by Anne Marie, Glasgow, United Kingdom
I thoroughly enjoyed the show.
Reviewed on 29 September 2015 by Charlene, South Croydon, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 September 2015 by Edward, Esher, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 September 2015 by Rebecca, London, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 28 September 2015 by Glyn, Telford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 September 2015 by Mary, Ruislip, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 27 September 2015 by Alex, Coventry, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by Virginia, Pontyclun, United Kingdom
You will not get a better show ever fantastic acting and music, one to be put on bucket list
Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by Andrew, Peterhead, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 September 2015 by Amanda, Woodford Green, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 September 2015 by Sandra, Corby, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 22 September 2015 by Anna, London, United Kingdom
Brilliant show, deserved the standing ovation
Reviewed on 22 September 2015 by Paula, Leeds, United Kingdom
Fun and had me tapping my feet wanting to dance. Sad and funny and the voices of the singers gave me goose bumps!
Reviewed on 20 September 2015 by Dionne, London, United Kingdom
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!
Reviewed on 20 September 2015 by Pamela, Hartlepool, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 September 2015 by William, Dunstable, United Kingdom
Superb music. Very talented cast. Singing and dancing a delight to watch! All very eye catching. Rachel John and Matt Cardle were impressive leads.
Reviewed on 19 September 2015 by Tim, Putney, United Kingdom
The voice of the two main characters were fantastic, and I'm saying that when Beverly Knight was on a break !!
Reviewed on 18 September 2015 by Stephen, Brentwood, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 September 2015 by Kirsten, Leeds, United Kingdom
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
Reviewed on 17 September 2015 by Alex, Broxbourne, United Kingdom
Good entertainment! Not what I was expecting but good performances and staging with exceptional singers made it an enjoyable night
Reviewed on 16 September 2015 by Stephen, Turramurra, Australia
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.
Reviewed on 15 September 2015 by Paula, Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed on 15 September 2015 by Randy, Southampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 September 2015 by Jo, Oxford, United Kingdom
!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.
Reviewed on 14 September 2015 by Robert, Leigh On Sea, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 September 2015 by Sean, Chatham, United Kingdom
This is the best musical i have ever seen. Absolutely fabulous from start to finish in all areas.
Reviewed on 13 September 2015 by Martyn, Tavistock, United Kingdom
Best show for years!!!!! If you love soul/Motown a MUST SEE!
Reviewed on 13 September 2015 by Marcia, Bury St Emunds, United Kingdom
Enjoyed the show from the minute it began until the minute it ended. My husband began foot tapping right at the start WoW
Reviewed on 13 September 2015 by Kevin, Rainham, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 12 September 2015 by Jason, Bromley, United Kingdom
Amazing storyline singing was sensational
Reviewed on 12 September 2015 by Jaime, Grays, United Kingdom
amazing, excellent score and story performances very good
Reviewed on 11 September 2015 by Mike, Yateley, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 11 September 2015 by Neil, Horsham, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 10 September 2015 by Ian, Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed on 10 September 2015 by Tina, Broadstairs, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 September 2015 by Megan, Broadwindsor, United Kingdom
Just amazing, soulful, fun lively great vocals and at the stage door afterwards so friendly
Reviewed on 08 September 2015 by Elaine, Kings Lynn, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 September 2015 by Sylvana, Leeds, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 06 September 2015 by Samantha, Gillingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 September 2015 by Todd, London, United Kingdom
Brilliant singing and dancing.
Reviewed on 01 September 2015 by Roderic, Ruislip, United Kingdom
Fab seats, fab singing dancing and acting!! Loved loved Beverley Knight and Matt Cardle!
Reviewed on 01 September 2015 by Dorothy, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 31 August 2015 by Katarzyna, Nieporet, Poland
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
Reviewed on 30 August 2015 by Juliet, London, United Kingdom
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!
Reviewed on 28 August 2015 by Gillian S, Maidstone, United Kingdom
Right from start captured audience.singing, dancing , acting was excellent. Well recommed for teenagers as both my daughters loved it!
Reviewed on 27 August 2015 by Janice, Cramlington, United Kingdom
Brilliant casting of main characters! The singing was excellent. Matt Cardell and Beverley Knight were so believable in the parts they played.
Reviewed on 27 August 2015 by Linda, Burton On Trent, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 August 2015 by Stephen, Wellingborough, United Kingdom
Not only are the male and female leads fantastic vocalists, but the supporting cast are superb
Reviewed on 27 August 2015 by Paul, Warrington, United Kingdom
Although Matt Cardle did not play the matinee performance we thoroughly enjoyed the whole show ......... Beverley Knight smashed it!!!!
Reviewed on 27 August 2015 by Daniel, Doncaster, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 August 2015 by Stephen, Twickenham, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 24 August 2015 by Margaret, Egremont, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 August 2015 by Philip, Harrogate, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 22 August 2015 by Christine, Buckhurst Hill, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 August 2015 by Darren, United Kingdom, United Kingdom