Shaftesbury Theatre

210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP GB

Motown The Musical

Motown The Musical Tickets

4.6/5
based on 529 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, 5 January 2019

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

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Booking from:
Thursday, 11 February 2016

Booking until:
Saturday, 5 January 2019

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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Anyone:
82%
Families:
85%
Teenagers:
85%
Couples:
92%
Theatregoers:
93%

based on 529 reviews

Great show

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worth seen it!

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Brilliant

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Fun show

I would like to know why an additional GBP 6.20 has been charged on my credit card without my authorization or any communication e.g. even a receipt. Please advise asap.


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Excellent story of Motown.

Fantastic actors who gave their all for the performance. Well done to everyone, the cast, orchestra, backstage et al. and the producers. A brilliant evening of entertainment. The best of luck to you all. Mike & Ann


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Good story

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Talented Singers

Shame songs weren't sung through, too many snippets. Story a bit disjointed at times. Slow start and was slightly disappointed as was expected it to be epic. Second half much better. Dialogue sound was quiet for me and I don't have hearing problems. I did enjoy it but wouldn't want to see it again. Fantastic singers - Diana's speaking voice a bit annoying. Could have more humour in it - thought the audience participation bit was a good touch. Didn't feel that connected to characters. Kid was fantastic. Good night out but didn't live up to my expectations.


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Must see!!!

Treated my mum as a birthday gift and a huge Motown fan. She loved every minute of it, from beginning to end. Seats were a great view from above. Actors were phenomenal and the music was fantastic. It had me dancing in my seat


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Must See Motown.

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A must see

Brilliant , great acting , great singing Brilliant musical


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Timeless songs save sinking ship

After Dream girls what z sad attempt on this ageless storyAttemts at humour fell flat.Attempts to gegbthe audience to get involved where disastrous.I will not be recommending this show to anyone.Thefact that there was no standing ovation says it all.


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Must See

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Excellent Singing

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Undecided

As a group of four our views vary.


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Great tunes great memories

Enjoyed immensely. Would not book in stalls beneath the balcony next time. Feels a little enclosed. Also seats are too upright and firm. However show was spectacular! Fantastic talent!


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Pure fun!

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Show good theatre not that good

Don't book seats in the stalls


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Very good set and story

Easy to follow cast have very good voices


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Amazing!!!

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Thoughts on show

Was ready to leave after first song but as i was with other people i stayed. Sound was all wrong music too loud could not get hear the singing. Spoke to rest of group in the interval and they had same thoughts as myself, second half better than first i would not recommend this to anyone, it may just have been a bad night but not a good show for me.


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Fantastically feel good

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My daughter took me to see Motown the musical last year , enjoyed it so much I took my partner to see it for his birthday , I'm glad to say he enjoyed it as well


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great show

put us all in a great mood after the show. great music and performances. one of the best if not the best shows i have attended.


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This hit will go on

Great performance , great storyline, great actors, what more could you say ,


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The magic of Motown revealed

This is a colourful, energetic show which gives you the story about the time when Motown hits were coming and coming. Be advised sone bad language us used although in context which does not detract from this wonderful show. For anyone who loves pop it is a must see show.


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must see

A great show must see & theatre staff very pleasant & helpful 10 out of 10


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Class acting with superb vocals


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Fun show of about beginning of Motown

Just wish the lead playing Diana Ross were stronger. Her singing voice seemed "affected" but not authentic. Perhaps the coaching of a British actor to get an American sound but it doesn't work. Her singing voice just sounds wierd.


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weak storyline

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Mind blowing

This is the best show we have watched so far!! We loved every single minute of it and we left feeling uplifted, inspired and very happy!


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a must see

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must see

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A musical you should not miss !

The story is interesting and the music serves the plot. The singers are absolutely brilliant. Very good acting too. A must see that's for sure !


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Must see

Loved the show - great music and​ performance. Good seats no restricted views


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Must See

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Fabulous

Absolutely loved it everything about it was amazing and the hubby agrees with me (for the first time ).


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Great Show

Fantastic show....Cast....highly recommend....well worth the money...just loved it......Drinks a bit pricey...seating for my husband was a little cramped but he is 6ft 3inches so problem we experience a lot......That didn't spoil our day though. Loved it.


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Not the best!

Great songs but some of the vocals not the best, especially Smokey and Diana. Berry Gordy and young Michael were highlights of an all in all mediocre performance.


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It was a bit too political , concentrating more on the politics of the era than on the bands singers and musicians themselves of that era .think people would refer a more fun aspect of the show and more about the actual stars and music of that musical era themselves!


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Very enjoyable and uplifting from the very start. Would definitely see it again

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Brilliant

Go and see the show absolutely superb, singers were excellent great voices music was spot on


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Mowtown great show

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Well worth waiting for. A fantastic show.

The fact I am writing about this fantastic show is in itself testimony of just how good we thought it was. Everything about it was great. Acting songs costumes the list is endless. Wanted to see this for a while and we certainly were not disappointed. A big shout out also to the staff at the theatre also. Friendly helpful and polite only added to a truly fantastic evening.


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Brilliant

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Motown for the second time

The band was absolutely amazing and were really rocking on this Friday night....great bass trombone, bari sax and double bass. We had great seats (royal circle) and it was all simply excellent. To watch such talented people is worth every penny....


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Amazing, informative and spectacular. A must see for all the family.

The show was amazing. I loved everything about it. It was informative for those born after that area and a chance to go down memory lane for others. Excellent audiance participation as well. I would see it again.


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Rob USA

great show.


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Great fun

Great music


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Too much talking and not enough music

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Musical with passion

The show has a great story, and is highly recommended. Really enjoyed when they pulled a few audience participants up to partake in a song... Great show!


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Absolutely brilliant!

Such an enjoyable show, fabulous singers & interesting to learn the story of Motown. Myself, my daughter & husband all loved it. Seats were great too!


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Upbeat and light hearted


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a must see!!

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Fantastic show

Great acting, dancing and singing throughout the show


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Amazing!

He'd to believe a couple of Americans would have to go to London to see Motown but we did And it was worth it. Amazing singing..Amazing atmosphere. Folks standing and clapping with the actors. Just lovely.


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Good music poor acting

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Excellent

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Amazing Performance

I thought this show was amazing. The singers were outstanding and the young Michael Jackson shone. I would recommend this show to everyone.


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Motown is excellent

Great music, well performed. A story about success despite the odds and failure in spite of massive cultural impact. Very well presented.


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Fun

Great show would change seats as on back row lots of heads so a little restricted Singers awesome and show at a good pace Would definitely see again


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Excellent night out

Brilliantly depicts the story of Mowtown. Great singers and fantastic music. Well recommended for all the family.


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a must see

Really like the story as i did not know the history behind the birth of motown . I don't go to musical but this show was wonderful might have to go to more of them .


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fabulous

Absolutely Amazing


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A real tribute to Motown !

Immensely enjoyable . A music & dance extravaganza of the great hits of the Motown era. Thoroughly entertaining show by a great cast including the reincarnation of a young charismatic Michael Jackson and many more.


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Must see

Brilliant... my 13 year old daughter loved it too...


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Great songs, tremendous singers, great music and atmosphere

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An excellently executed play which capture the essence of the Motown area.

Excellent cast. Excellent story line.


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Excellent Show

Anymore who likes Motown music- it's a must. Superb!


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Best show ever

Fantastic show, great vocal performances


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Great Show!

Motown was a fantastic show, singing & acting was great! Interesting story...Nice mid-week treat!


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Amazing show

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MUSICAL OF THE YEAR

Firstly easy acsess to theatre as its quite central , show was spot on with chorography costumes appropriate to each era ...stage appropriately lit to correspond with each scenery


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Simply the Best

This is one of the many shows I would happily watch again and again. The music was fantastic. Great performances. Well done to all. 11/10. Thank you for a great experience.


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Escapism

Short on storyline. Excellent lead actors. Singalong music. Go with an open mind but don't expect it to match up to The Jersey Boys. Enjoyable evening.


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great night out

Music was great throughout show, good performances by the actors, but i thought the storyline lost its way towards the end, but still a great nights entertainment well worth the price of the tickets


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Motown

There is a story to motown which I was not aware of, I thought it was all singing and dancing before I went to see the show, but I was not disappointed overall


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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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