Shaftesbury Theatre

210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP GB

Motown The Musical

Motown The Musical Tickets

4.6/5
based on 420 reviews

Shaftesbury Theatre

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Starring: Cedric Neal, Lucy St. Louis, Charl Brown, Sifiso Mazibuko

Booking from: Thursday, 11 February 2016

Booking until: Saturday, 24 February 2018

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

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Booking from:
Thursday, 11 February 2016

Booking until:
Saturday, 24 February 2018

Running time:
2 hours 30 minutes

Motown the Musical – A brilliant feel-good show

Motown Records, based in Detroit, was founded by Berry Gordy in 1959 to showcase the very best early rhythm and blues, soul and funk. With diversity at its beating heart, these days the Motown legacy is a music industry legend.

Gordy was inspired by the so-called 'truth-telling' of early black music, which he felt was, “a chronicle of our collective emotional journey in this world – pain and sadness, happiness and celebration... wisdom and faith.” His fervour still shines through every song the record label released.

Motown the Musical - The story

What's the story? It's 1983 and the scene is the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, where a bunch of glittering music industry stars are waiting to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Motown Records. At the same time, flashing back to the past, in Detroit the young Berry Gordy is observing his neighbours dancing. It took until 1957 for him to form his own record label, bringing in huge hitters like Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and the Supremes.

The musical is stuffed with hits, more than sixty tunes in total including Diana Ross's I Hear a Symphony, You're All I Need to Get By from Stevie Wonder, Where Did Our Love Go by The Supremes, Please Mr Postman by the Marvelettes and masses more... Mary Wells and The Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, The Contours and, of course, The Jackson 5.

The St Louis Post calls it a “supremely entertaining night of musical whiplash”. CBS Sunday Morning called it "More than a broadway show...a celebration of music that transformed America." Time Out New York said the show "Sets the theatre on fire!" All of which means you can expect two and three quarter hours of total and utter musical heaven.

This is a genuinely exhilarating feel-good show charting Berry Gordy’s amazing journey from featherweight boxer to a heavyweight career as a music industry figure whose talent, passion and determination launched the careers of many a famous soul name. The show features a massive ensemble cast of more than 40 actors. Together they do homage to the soundtrack that changed America forever... and now you can experience it here in Britain.

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Press Reviews

A triumphant, lavish show. You may well see people dancing in the street Daily Telegraph

Impossible to resist Daily Telegraph

There’s a quality of exuberance about motown the musical that makes life worth living Daily Telegraph

Motown arrives in the west end with the greatest soul pop music ever recorded The Times

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based on 420 reviews

Every song a classic

Prepare to be uplifted


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Brilliant and entertaining

Top class show, brilliant actors and singers


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Go see!

Worth a visit if you like Motown. Great songs cast were strong with some amazing performances. Uplifting feel good show.


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Static

Ver loud and rather wooden.worst I've seen for awhile


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Excellent evenings entertainment

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Must see show

Great show , great music. Very good showing lots of history , as well as good music . Thoroughly enjoyed my evening . Would recommend to friend and families .


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Definitely worth going to see

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Brilliant

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A piece of musical history

Motown delivers all the tubes of the 60s and 70s while providing a background on the triumphs and tribulations of Berry Gordy, the founder of the Motown label. The music and costumes are spectacular and it is difficult to resist singing along! At the same time, the creative use of decors and videos provide a sense of the historical and cultural events that marked the period.


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Fun evening

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Good entertainment

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watchable

Some classic motown lots of unknown motown songs that might be because of the story and they choose the ones that were part of the story, could have shortened or mentioned the unknown songs and played more listened to tracks instead my personal opinion not a criticism as the acting, singing and band was brilliant and brilliant seats


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Fabulous

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Rather average but great music

Unfortunate that the lead character fell ill and had to be replaced 30 mins into the show. Great hearing all those songs again but felt that the story line could just have been that little bit better. Second half was much better than the first. Great audience participation.


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Magic Mowtown

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Awesome

Read a few reviews before hand , mist said very good but because of quite a few negative and mixed reviews was a bit apprehensive but the show was Absolutely awesome !!


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Covered in detail the Motown story and their legends

If you like Motown then this is the show for you. The singing is excellent it evokes memories of a bygone age and gladdens the heart with lively dancing and acting.


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Fab music and dancing

Great show, full of good old music and dance. One to see over and over


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Brilliant

Had a really great time and enjoyed the show. excellent experience well done to all envolved.


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A Really Fantastic Show....

A really fantastic show full of great acting & memorable songs.


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Fantastic show

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Amazing Musical, great tribute to Motown

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Must see for mature music lovers

Great music and sound excellent all round entertainment


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Amazing!

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Nostalgic

Great story, geat performances.


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Must see

Amazing show, probably the best "musical" in the literal sense of the word, I've ever seen. Never felt so much part of the show despite being in the audience. Just brilliant, highly recommend.


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Musical , interactive and fun experience

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It was a bit too long and slow moving at parts. The 1950's & 60's male dance routines were not as they should have been - I believe because the suits they were wearing were made out of the wrong fabric. The fabrics were too fluid so their moves did not look as crisp, sharp and in sync as they should have, to mimic the original dance routines. Women's costumes were bang on! All in all, a fun and good show if you like the music of the times.


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Amazing. Must see

The quality of the singers was fantastic. You could close your eyes and feel you were actually with Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and the Jackson 5.


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Fantastic show!!

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A Must See

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must see

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Entertaining,very good show..

Excellent show..good music lights and cast!


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Fantastic if you love music you must see this show

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Fabulous

Great show


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For better or worse

The show ave a good overview of the history of Motown. Everything looked good until the finarly when the cast, still dressed in caractor walked on stage. Seeing Stevie Wonder walking un aided towards the edge of the stage, though an actor, still made me cringe and expected him falling into the orcastra. He then went back into caractor to sing the final song. In a strange way quite funny.


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Colourful music that bought back memories

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Dull with no atmosphere

No atmosphere, was told to sit still and not talk, couldn't enjoy the show as felt like sitting with a strict teacher on a school trip! Love Motown but was left very disappointed


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Good but missing some classics

The show is the story of Berry Gordy's founding of the Motown record label and love story with Diana Ross through to the time when most of his artists leave the label having been offered big deals with other labels that Berry couldnt match. It's a good show that'll have you toe tapping to some of the timeless classics. But for me there were a few of the big hits missing. Never-the-less very enjoyable


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A must see

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fantastic

would go back watch again, have no complaints, staff were polite & friendly, show was great , acting ,music, everything was spot on .


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A trip down memory lane

Excellent show with a great range of songs through all the periods of Motown. Diana Ross and Michael Jackson were outstanding - just close your eyes and be transported back!


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A must see for Motown fans

I enjoyed it from start to finish- all the cast looked as if they were really enjoying themselves- lots of memories of great music fromthe fifties and sixties


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Energetic & nostalgic

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the Diana Ross story!

Sitting near a speaker tends to drown out the more authentic sound from the stage - songs were short lived, but performed well. Young Michael Jackson was awesome / outstanding


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Magical motown

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A must see

All actors are very good. Loved the show.


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An average story used as a gimmick to bring Motown to life - but the singing sometimes falls flat

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Happiness

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Wonderful, uplifting with old classics

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jumped up bullies

The staff treatment given to us was disgusting, as we were told to sit down at the beginning. We did as we were asked but some young girls who sat next to us then went and asked to be sat elsewhere, because they could not be seated elsewhere we were asked to leave. we got to see about ten minutes of the show, it seemed really good but they do need to tell the audience to stay seated at all times and not to join in unless they are asked too. They were also letting people in after the show started and think that annoyed others around us. We were asked to leave and been told we will not get our money back. The staff are like dictators and above themselves . Never would i go back. When i rang to complain it was evident that others also had been asked to leave. Enough said.


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Great entertainment

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Fantastic

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Lively

My seat in the Stalls L31 was a great seat fab view could see all on the stage this production is extremely well done lots of fun!


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Disappointing

The show was more chat than music, as most of the music was clipped. We have been to see The Jersey Boys absolutely brilliant - Storey brilliant, music awesome, came away singing the tunes, so when we went to see Motown, we expected to hear lots of music around the storey. The most enthusiastic response from the audience was for The Jacksons, with the boy doing Michael Jackson superb, the best part of the show along with Diana Ross. All Motown music is especially near to our hearts, so tributes to Berry Gordy are well founded, but we know most of the storey, Marvin Gay didn't get a look in, singing wise.


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Brilliant

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Should be called the Motown Story as Motown hints it's about Music not the Story .


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Excellent show!

A must see for Music lovers!


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Fantastic Experience

Great evenings entertainment with a fanatic I experience in music, choreography and stage sets. From the start, you are rocking in your seats as each tune brings back a memory. Fantastic night out, culminating in your inability to keep still.


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Boring and long winded

Storyline was very boring and long winded,I didn't think the choice of songs was very exciting either,we left at halftime.


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Must see

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Best show ever

The show was fab great in every aspect. The whole experience was magical and I never see shows twice but this one I will be doing


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Nostalgic

Excellent production evoking memories of songs long forgotten


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Really good but felt restricted to NOT dancing!

I really did enjoy the show, but felt as though when a song began and you wanted to 'get into it' the song stopped and the acting started. When you felt like getting up to dance as you would with Motown songs, the staff made you sit down, which kind of put a downer on it :( How can you have a musical show with Motown songs and not be allowed to sing, dance and clap your hands??


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Great music and story

Better than the jersey boys by a far


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The Volume & Tempo of the Orchestration Spoiled an Excellent Concept

As a mature couple brought up to the sounds of Motown & avid, knowledgeable theatre goers we were super excited to see Motown The Musical recently, However although the Motown story deserves to be told this show (or at least this performance) was somewhat lacking in the areas of the orchestration...with the notable exception of the songs which were specifically written for the show...the actual Motown Classics & moreover the up tempo ones were ALL to a one at LEAST a third too fast...giving the overall experience a very bad feel...the young actor playing Michael Jackson on our visit was so terribly out of breath trying to keep up with the orchestra that he didn't sing one correct note bless him I felt really sorry for him. That coupled with the sheer wall of sound ie) FAR TOO LOUD meant that at times (we were halfway back in the Royal Circle we couldn't hear the words being sung over the band...now that is either a 'sound issue' or a 'lack of musical direction' issue either way had we not know each word of each song let alone the correct tempo we would have at times been at a loss. Overall a great concept the actors playing Berry Gordy & Diana Ross as well as Marvin Gaye & Smokey Robinson were very good but their M.D/Sound people betrayed their overall performance...One 'technical note' - Stevie Wonder sways his head when singing in order to keep himself centred & in time/on beat NOT when he is walking around going about his normal daily business...that error was obviously both glaring & due to lack of research. The Story of Motown & Berry Gordy is a big one. The music itself even bigger & the task of bringing it to life onstage a MASSIVE ask...the set, staging, costumes, lighting were more than up to the task...the research & the Musical Direction let it down,,,Badly....I truly truly hope it was just a bad night...very frustrating let aone disappointing


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one of the best shows i have seen for many reasons

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Should have been so much better

Far too many medleys frustrate you getting into the vibe for large parts of the first half. Scripted exchanges surrounding Berry are weak and poorly acted. Choreography was well off sync as regards the Tops and Temps. Guy playing Wonder was nearing the embarrassing - over playing the head swaying thing. Only the joy of Motown pulls you thru. Could gave been so much better - a real shame.


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Finally discovered Motown

We are both products of the 1960s but had never paid any attention to Motown. This was a spur of the moment birthday decision and we have to both agree that the show was very enjoyable; even for us non-Motownites!


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Fantastic

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Amazing

Entertaining throughout, the singing and dancing were amazing!!


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Fabulous must see

Marvelous great memories I have all the records on vinal.


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Worth seeing

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Great fun and a walk down memory lane!

Make sure you get a good view- the stalls are not very well positioned and a tall or wide person in front of you will obscure your view. We had hoped to join in more but the music was fabulous. We have bought the CD to relive it!


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My best show in London Town

Hi all well after getting a very worm welcome into the strand Motown show we got to our seats and the show started on time 7.30 and it was no stop fun from start to finish it tuck us back in time to the late 50s 60s70s god you just have to go. There was just one point in the show were 3 of us felt bad as the police man came onto the stage you will see what I mean if you go but you must . 10/10 for the show . Just one thing if your over 6/2 tall you may find you loose the fell of your legs as there is not room to move but a fantastic show best in London . Ian j cooper


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Not to be missed !!

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Brilliant

Was the best musical I have seen


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