Shaftesbury Theatre

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Motown The Musical
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Motown The Musical Tickets

4.6/5
based on 607 reviews

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

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.

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 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 607 reviews

Amazing

Better than expected. Took my boyfriend for his birthday. Tickets were £95 op, but this 3 rows from the front. Music was brilliant as were the singers dancers etc


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A must see

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Great show love Motown the musical

Great show , visited for partners birthday , great show , great performers it was a fantastic night


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Great Music

I really enjoyed.the show. Went with 2 friends of a similar age. We all love sixties music but would appeal to all ages.


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Poor story

Story got better by the end. Very poor at the beginning.


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Musical

My era of music. Although I thought the Diana Ross singer didn't have a powerful enough voice? But enjoyed the show.


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MOTOWN MAGIC

From start to finish it gad me on the edge of my seat. Just wanted to get to my feet and dance to the music. Fantastic songs excellent singers and journey from the greats. I didn't want the show to end.


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Must see!

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Emotional rollercoaster

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Must see

Really good show especially Michael Jackson & Marvin Gaye


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Fantastic

Fantastic show a must see....


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For Motown fans a 'Must See'

It portrays the history of motown very well. If anything just a little too much emphasis on Diana Ross. A motown song fest it is not. But...... nevertheless a brilliant show.


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Fun show

Great show especially if you know the music. Apart from annoying audience ( hen groups, non- theatre goers and generally loud people who don’t consider cast and other audience members and chat loudly) all the way through, it was brilliant fun. Also, many people on their phones the whole time.


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Amazing

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Show was really great but thought it might of had more interaction with the music instead of just at the end


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What a massive let down!!

Show was great, this was the first “musical” we have ever been to, we were sushed, told wwe had to move seats because we sang along , at £190 per ticket to enjoy ourselves or so we thought, never ever again, spend your money where it’s apriciated


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great night out

Had a wonderful time going to see Motown in the Shaftsbury Theatre. Thoroughly enjoyed the show with very good cast and acting, great songs, bringing back lots of musical memories from years ago. Would definitely recommend this show to everyone.


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Fabulous

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Vivacious

Full of musical history and the struggles of being a black/ coloured person. Captivating, colourful, exciting, foot stomping, hand clapping extravaganza. I dare you not to sing along!


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Motown fan

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Good show- more music would be better

Good songs - dialogue rather wooden in,places but the set and lights were excellent which made up for the areas found wanting . Overall not bad.


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Best show ever

Fantastic shoe made you feel as if you were part of it. Fantastic singing and acting through the whole show


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Excellent show

Excellent show music and singing fantastic


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Quality, recommend

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brilliant

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Very entertaining.

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Vibrant

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Totally wonderful enjoyed every minute

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Highly professional excellent show

Go and see it!


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It's a must see!!

I absolutely loved it. Would watch again


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Amazing

The story and the music is amazing. The actors/singers made it all seems as if we were actual in the time zones e


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Brilliant

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Brilliant

Was a fab fab show. The singing was awesome.... would've been nice if it had included a few more famous motown singers but apart from that is was brilliant. My mum enjoyed it... Was a present for her 70th. Well done to all the actors.... you did amazing.


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Miraculous Motown

Incredible show, has now taken the number spot on my favourite list 5 stars.. loved it !!


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Dynamic

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Very entertaining- great singing, acting and story

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Making Memories

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Amazing with great music

Very energetic show and colourful with great singing and amazing dancing and great story line with fab music


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Don’t miss this if you’re in London

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Creative and informative difficult to put to music

Didn't just tell the birth of Motown and it's rise but all the relevant world events going on in the period especially the segregated white and black population of USA


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Exc 5 Star *****

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Fantastic . Energetic bright colourful

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Amazing!!

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Motown Magic

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Memories

Fabulous to hear these tunes from the past and learn the history of the MOWTOWN record label. Amazing performances. Little Michael Jackson was superb.


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Brilliant Musical!

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Golden era

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Top show

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Great show with excellent music

The show is the story of the rise of Berry Gordy and the motown music label. There is an excellent selection of songs that are well performed.


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Average

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Takes you right back

If you like Motown, just go you won't be disappointed. Fantastic.


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great fun

great show. Danced in my seat from start to finish. So many classic numbers - we knew them all. Went with my husband and teenage children and we all loved it.


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Sheer brilliance

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Exceeded expectations

Fantastic History review of Motown at its finest - through the music. 2h30m of non stop action - loved it ! Bought the CD of Motown classics the following day !


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Stunning

Good all round show just be careful not to get up and dance


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Just an amazing show!

We loved every minute of it! It makes you laugh, feel uncomfortable and feel joyous. worth every penny!!


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Must see

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Thought the show was great - the only thing I would have liked to have seen would be a couple more songs at the end for audience participation ( like mamma Mia) . Apart from that it was excellent !


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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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09 May 2016 in Reviews

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.

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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.

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Motown the Musical comes to the Shaftesbury Theatre

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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.

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

27 Nov 2014 in New Shows

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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