Shaftesbury Theatre

210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP GB

Motown The Musical

Motown The Musical Tickets

4.6/5
based on 1231 reviews

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

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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.

Motown the Musical theatre tickets – Don't miss this spectacular musical!

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Press Reviews

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

Impossible to resist The Daily Telegraph

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

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

Customer Reviews

What to expect:

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Recommended for:

Anyone
82%
Families
85%
Teenagers
84%
Couples
93%
Theatregoers
93%

based on 1231 reviews

Good story, great music


London Box Office customer

Learned so much behind the music great night

I really enjoyed everything seats were great, the only bad thing was fighting to the bar maybe bring selection of drinks around,


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Great Songs

Music was to to loud! Didn’t get to hear a many of the iconic Motown songs all through, cut short, because of the story.


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Energetic, all action singing and dancing

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Fantastic

Great show. You just go with the flow. Supergood.


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AMAZING!!!!

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Brilliant colourful fantastic music

Amazing show fantastic music, interaction with audience throughout really great evening


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Great show - toilet situation awful

The show was amazing, the seats were not great (row w in the stalls) because of the low roof not all of the stage was visable - definitely go upper circle if going The toilet situation is AWFUL, the close access to the main theatre so there are just a couple in the staircases - you have to queue down the stairs to wait and we nearly missed the second part because the queues were so long


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amazing show

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Motown fever 👌🏾

First half of play wonderful,second half not so good as I was stuck behind someone I’d describe as the mountain from GOT..... but all in all I loved it 👍🏾


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True story

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A reminder of piece of history of music and human kind... fantastic!

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Lots of good music

Very entertainig, you will be reminded of how diffrent and difficult music life was for black people


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Energetic and enjoyable

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Loved the show

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Great show

Great music, excellent cast, really loved it!


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Not memorable!

I don't think Motown is up there with the best of musicals. We were very bored and wanted to leave before the end. Too much chat and not enough singing!


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Motown Show

Very good show. As a hearing aid wearer sadly I did struggle to hear some of the story telling. Second half of the show included some audience participation which was fun, enjoyed a bit of a boogie at the end.


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Fabulous

Fabulous show, depicting the story of Motown. Thoroughly enjoyed the show, brilliant seats, and friendly and helpful staff. Excellent!


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Absolutely brilliant!

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Fantastic

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Twickenham trip

Great show well worth watching 😃


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Must be a 70's music fan

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Very good but need to sort out the sound on there mics out for the sound where wevwas situng just a bout here them


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An excellent evening’s entertainment.

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A must see show

The show was very good would recommend you see it.


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A must see

Can not recommend it enough! By far the best musical I’ve seen , amazing songs and unbelievably talented cast


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Fantastic Music

The music was fantastic. Well worth going to see.


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Wonderful, feel-good musical with an amazing cast

I loved everything about this show. The quality of the singing was amazing. As a long time fan of Motown music I enjoyed every one of the songs and I learned things I hadn’t known about Berry Gordy’s story. I’d thoroughly recommend it.


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Inspiring and must see

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Great moment

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MUST SEE UNMISSABLE SHOW!

We were looking forward to this show and were not disappointed. Fantastic music brought back great memories. Brilliant singers and fantastic costumes. A great night out.


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A real must for anyone who has an interest in motown or even musical history in general

Although not required a brief review of the era and gendre would add to the enjoyment and the understanding of a terrific production.


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Great show, occasionally excessively loud drowning out the singing . Well worth seeing


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Heart swelling ♥️

Do yourself a favour!!


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Fabulous. Brilliant

Helpful staff, can show!


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A must see

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Non stop Motown Magic

Love the show, powerful singing and good storyline


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Fantastic

The story line, acting, performance, costumes were amazing


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Music

Enjoyed show but was expecting a bit more music but enjoyed the Motown story telling


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Great music

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Superb show!

Although sometimes too loud not to put your hands over your ears, this was a great show!


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Brilliant....

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A riot of sound and colour!!!!!

Real feel good show. Amazing music that you’d have to be nuts not to like. A must see show. X


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For lovers of the Motown music sound. A must see before it finishes in April. Great show.

Quick moving, high pace musical. Song after song of the most memorable Motown songs, by very convincing actors, playing some of the most iconic music stars. Most enjoyable and certainly up lifting. Difficult to stay still with the great songs coming fast and furious.


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A Must See, Brilliant Show.

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Amazing.

What a fab way to spend an evening at the Theatre. Everything about it in my opinion is 5*.


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A must see !!! 👍

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Absolutely brilliant!

Such a fantastic show. The best musical we have watched by far. Would recommend to everyone!


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Must see

My husband and I love the show, this was the fourth time we have been, and are very disappointed it soon will be leaving the Shaftesbury theatre. The acting singing, songs and the story is brilliant a show not to be missed.


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Brillient

It was AMAZING all round entertainment and the singing and songs were out of this world. A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to everyone involved. IT IS A MUST TO SEE.


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Great, no super excellent entertainment! Took my wife on Valentines day. Best day out so far!

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A must see!

Loved the show, really excellent singing, brings you back in time. A real feel good show for the whole family.


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Great music

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Motown missing

I was a little disappointed in 5he acting of main characters and thought that their speech was a little too fast and inaudible at time. Music was good but would have like more of early Motown.


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Ok

Show was very entertaining


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Amowtowning

A stunning evening filled with beautiful music, lovely atmosphere and a stunning cast


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Great sound

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Brilliant show

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Fabulous show,a musical delight

The show was fabulous, it has you wanting to dance in your seat. Fabulous MOTOWN music and a spectacle of great acting and singing.


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Amazing feel good show

Perfect view. Took my 8 year old son. We loved every minute. Great for a feel good pick me up. Really loved it.


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Brilliant!

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must see musical.

Excellent show fantastic music with incredible artists.


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Wonderful. A must for motown fans.

We really enjoyed the show. I have seen it twice in the theatre and will go again when it goes on tour.


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Definite Must See Musical !!

Perfect singing, music, acting and extremely well put together and performed. Best show I've seen in many a year !!


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Amazing

It was brilliant from start to finish


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Must see show!

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Most amazing show ever!!! Would go again in a heart beat!! Could not stop singing or dancing!! Made me overwhelmingly happy and emotional with the history and the music!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! This is a MUST see!!!!


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Enjoyable

Started out a little choppy but got increasingly better and atmospheric


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Catchy and mesmerising

My mum and I visited this show for her birthday and it was definitely worth the wait. The actors and actresses were amazing. The story was so cleverly put together. There was some audience participation which I felt added a little something to the show. The costumes were beautiful and we couldn't stop singing along to every song. Would highly recommend it and will definitely be seeing it again.


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Vibrant and entertaining

I lived through the birth of Motown, but went to the show with my two daughters who are in their early forties. It appealed to us all and I'm sure it was enjoyed by the younger people in the audience too.


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The best feel good show I have seen for years.

Such a great show, loved the music, it brought memories of a time when music was great. I hadn’t know the story behind Mowtown or why it stopped, so found it interesting to find out why. All the actors were brilliant, and the singing excellent, the young lad who played the young Michael Jackson, was amazing. We sat in row M seat 9&10, and had a brilliant view with loads of leg room, as it’s the larger space for the walkway. If you want a real feel good show, this is a must. As we were walking out, all you could hear was people say how brilliant the show was. I definitely will be going to see it again.


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Must see

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Exciting, full of energy, uplifting.

This show will appeal to anyone that has ever listened to music. You don't need to know Motown history. There's so much of this popular soul music threaded through current day musical culture that came from Motown. I was 3 rows back in the stalls and could really feel the energy from the actors. The audience spontaneously whooped and cheered when historical past legends appeared and performed. Some of the actors could really sing, notably Smokey Robinson. The theatre is beautiful and historic, is somewhat cramped by today's standards. Go, enjoy the show, leave and feel joyous.


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A very good show and well acted I just think everyone worked so hard to make it special thanks


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Amazing must see

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Great show shame about the staff

Great show shame about the staff After an hour sitting in front of a hen do 14 strong from Northern Ireland who didn’t stop talking shouting swearing my girlfriend opened a pack of m and m s and was then told by the attendant she can’t eat them they are too noisey! And it wasn’t fair on the rest of the viewers. How can this even be possible ?


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The show was brilliant in every way


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Brilliant


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A five star show

Amazing story, music,acting and theatre made it a overall brilliant experience


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A m a zing

Loved this show all the artists were of exceptional standard, it was like a ray of sunshine on a miserable cold January afternoon, proper feel good show. Can not fault it in anyway. The only downside was the theatre was a tad cold coats needed throughout the performance.


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Wonderful show

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A must see theatre show

Very good show


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A Must See!

Hi quality show, outstanding musicians.. I was blown away by their voices!


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Brilliant

2nd time I have seen this show it was even better 2nd time round thoroughly recommend


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Amazing, show everyone will love.

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A must see. Brilliant show

This show was fantastic. All the actors were terrific. It made you want to get up & dance.


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Nostalga

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A must sea

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Absolutely fantastic show, really enjoyed the story and show.

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Outstanding

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Must see

Great show with superb songs


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Absolutely brilliant!!

Best musical I've seen in a long time ! Absolute must see!! The singers were amazing.


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Amazing show Motown music from my youth loved it


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Fantastic show, better than expected and a really talented cast and crew

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Electrifying

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A real feel good show

Thoroughly recommend this show storyline music and acting fantastic


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Great sing along night in London.

Wow blew us away, The old songs are the best! Good performance by all the cast, they kept us entertained for the whole show.


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colourful, informative...a great show

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Awesome

The story is great the acting really good And the songs were fantastic thank you for a great night


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David Albury Leads the New Cast of MOTOWN

26 Jul 2017

David Albury Motown the Musical have just announced a new leading man and I'm very excited to hear that it’s David Albury who’ll be taking over the role of Smokey Robinson just as producers release 500,000 new tickets for sale, securing the show at the Shaftesbury Theatre until 5 January 2019.

Review: MOTOWN - THE MUSICAL at Shaftesbury Theatre

09 May 2016

Motown: The Musical MOTOWN is a brand new musical that has flown into the West End after a hugely successful run on Broadway. For millions of people their generation is defined by the music of Motown and no matter what your age, this catalogue of hits has something for everybody to enjoy. From classics such as Reet Petite and Shop Around to a medley of Jackson 5 songs and the Stevie Wonder Classic: Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m yours, this is a Jukebox musical that really lives up to its name. Looking around the audience, it is clear to see that from the very first chord MOTOWN is the perfect night out.

Review: MOTOWN at the Shaftesbury Theatre

25 Feb 2016

Motown The Musical While we here in Britain were listening to The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Cliff Richard and The Shadows, most of America was listening to the extraordinary output and music of Berry Gordy, the founder and owner of the (Tamla) Motown label.

Motown the Musical comes to the Shaftesbury Theatre

14 May 2015

Motown the Musical comes to the Shaftesbury Theatre After much speculation and gossip, the producers of the sell-out Broadway show Motown the Musical have finally announced the West End venue that will house the smash-hit production. The Shaftesbury Theatre in the heart of London’s theatreland will be the new home of the Berry Gordy penned musical, set to open in late February 2016.

Motown the Musical will open in the West End next year!

27 Nov 2014

Motown the Musical The producers of Motown The Musical have finally broken the silence surrounding the speculated arrival of this Broadway success. They have now confirmed that the production will play in London in 2015, but an exact date has yet to be confirmed.

The original Broadway production of Motown The Musical is due to close in New York at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on 18 January, but word is that it may return to the bright lights of the Big Apple in 2016.


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