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Motown The Musical

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4.6/5 - based on 1236 reviews
  • Starring: Cedric Neal, Lucy St. Louis, Charl Brown, Sifiso Mazibuko
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About Motown The Musical

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Performance Times
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu 14:30 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -
Starring:

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

Motown The Musical description

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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Motown The Musical reviews

4.6 out of 5 based on 1236 reviews

What to expect:

Acting
Music
Costumes
Story
Lighting

Recommended for:

Anyone (82%)
Families (85%)
Teenagers (84%)
Couples (93%)
Theatregoers (93%)
Latest customer reviews
NEIL
Great show, just too loud

The show was very professional. The only problem I had was, the volume was painfully loud. This was most notable for spoken word; I couldn't understand most of the dialog.

Reviewed on 21 April 2019 by , Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

Maureen

Good story, great music

Reviewed on 21 April 2019 by , Crawley, United Kingdom

Micheala
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,

Reviewed on 20 April 2019 by , Peterborough, United Kingdom

Ray
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.

Reviewed on 11 April 2019 by , Brentford, United Kingdom

Peter
Energetic, all action singing and dancing

Reviewed on 07 April 2019 by , Tadley, United Kingdom

Jari
Fantastic

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

Reviewed on 04 April 2019 by , Helsinki, Finland

Trudie-blue
AMAZING!!!!

Reviewed on 03 April 2019 by , Hastings, United Kingdom

michelle
Brilliant colourful fantastic music

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

Reviewed on 02 April 2019 by , Plymouth, United Kingdom

Sarah
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

Reviewed on 28 March 2019 by , Coventry, United Kingdom

Nani
amazing show

Reviewed on 28 March 2019 by , Stamford Hill, United Kingdom

Graham
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 👍🏾

Reviewed on 27 March 2019 by , Derby, United Kingdom

Peter
True story

Reviewed on 26 March 2019 by , Sandy, United Kingdom

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

Reviewed on 26 March 2019 by , Arezzo, Italy

Hans
Lots of good music

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

Reviewed on 26 March 2019 by , Järfälla, Sweden

Lorraine
Energetic and enjoyable

Reviewed on 24 March 2019 by , Kettering, United Kingdom

Steven
Loved the show

Reviewed on 24 March 2019 by , Ferndown, United Kingdom

Michael
Great show

Great music, excellent cast, really loved it!

Reviewed on 21 March 2019 by , Broadstairs, United Kingdom

Marian
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!

Reviewed on 21 March 2019 by , Basildon, United Kingdom

Robert
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.

Reviewed on 20 March 2019 by , Barnstaple, United Kingdom

Susan
Fabulous

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

Reviewed on 20 March 2019 by , Sheffield, United Kingdom

Charlotte
Absolutely brilliant!

Reviewed on 17 March 2019 by , Peterborough, United Kingdom

Deborah
Fantastic

Reviewed on 16 March 2019 by , West Drayton, United Kingdom

Shelley
Twickenham trip

Great show well worth watching 😃

Reviewed on 15 March 2019 by , Bury, United Kingdom

Karen
Must be a 70's music fan

Reviewed on 14 March 2019 by , Tucson, United States Of America

Teresa

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

Reviewed on 13 March 2019 by , Romford, United Kingdom

Michael
An excellent evening’s entertainment.

Reviewed on 10 March 2019 by , Inverurie, United Kingdom

Andrew
A must see show

The show was very good would recommend you see it.

Reviewed on 10 March 2019 by , Bognor, United Kingdom

Monique
A must see

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

Reviewed on 09 March 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Doreen
Fantastic Music

The music was fantastic. Well worth going to see.

Reviewed on 04 March 2019 by , Loughborough, United Kingdom

Diana
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.

Reviewed on 02 March 2019 by , Bedford, United Kingdom

Maja
Inspiring and must see

Reviewed on 28 February 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

stephanie
Great moment

Reviewed on 26 February 2019 by , Rosny Sous Bois, France

Richard
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.

Reviewed on 26 February 2019 by , St Ives, United Kingdom

Andrew
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.

Reviewed on 25 February 2019 by , Near Ferryhill, United Kingdom

Terry

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

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by , Herts, United Kingdom

Alexandra
Heart swelling ♥️

Do yourself a favour!!

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by , Gidgegannup, Australia

Ian
Fabulous. Brilliant

Helpful staff, can show!

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by , Peel, United Kingdom

Dietmar
A must see

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by , Langen Bei Bregenz, Austria

Bryan
Non stop Motown Magic

Love the show, powerful singing and good storyline

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by , Hornchurch, United Kingdom

Sharon
Fantastic

The story line, acting, performance, costumes were amazing

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by , Croydon, United Kingdom

Sheila
Music

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

Reviewed on 22 February 2019 by , Kent, United Kingdom

Ann-Mari
Great music

Reviewed on 22 February 2019 by , Ljungskile, Sweden

Irene
Superb show!

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

Reviewed on 22 February 2019 by , Peterborough, United Kingdom

HELENA
Brilliant....

Reviewed on 21 February 2019 by , Enfield, United Kingdom

Clair
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

Reviewed on 21 February 2019 by , Woodbridge, United Kingdom

hazel
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.

Reviewed on 20 February 2019 by , Windsor, United Kingdom

Gwyneth
A Must See, Brilliant Show.

Reviewed on 19 February 2019 by , St. Helens, United Kingdom

Rosemary
Amazing.

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

Reviewed on 19 February 2019 by , Yatton, United Kingdom

Naushad
A must see !!! 👍

Reviewed on 16 February 2019 by , Leicester, United Kingdom

Sahar
Absolutely brilliant!

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

Reviewed on 15 February 2019 by , Stevenage, United Kingdom

Tina
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.

Reviewed on 15 February 2019 by , Gillingham, United Kingdom

Shirley
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.

Reviewed on 14 February 2019 by , Plymouth, United Kingdom

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

Reviewed on 14 February 2019 by , Dagenham, United Kingdom

Lynthia
A must see!

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

Reviewed on 14 February 2019 by , West Drayton, United Kingdom

Julie
Great music

Reviewed on 14 February 2019 by , Potters Bar Herts, United Kingdom

Kathryn heather
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.

Reviewed on 13 February 2019 by , Limavady, United Kingdom

Jeff
Ok

Show was very entertaining

Reviewed on 13 February 2019 by , Stanmore, United Kingdom

Juliet
Amowtowning

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

Reviewed on 12 February 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Victoria
Great sound

Reviewed on 11 February 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Liela
Brilliant show

Reviewed on 11 February 2019 by , Alexandra Hills, Australia

Anita
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.

Reviewed on 10 February 2019 by , Felixdorf, Austria

Liz
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.

Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Caroline
Brilliant!

Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by , Morden, United Kingdom

garry
must see musical.

Excellent show fantastic music with incredible artists.

Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by , Cleethorpes, United Kingdom

Sheila
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.

Reviewed on 08 February 2019 by , Whatlington, United Kingdom

John
Definite Must See Musical !!

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

Reviewed on 08 February 2019 by , Croydon South London, United Kingdom

kim
Amazing

It was brilliant from start to finish

Reviewed on 07 February 2019 by , Norwich, United Kingdom

Danielle
Must see show!

Reviewed on 07 February 2019 by , Loughton, United Kingdom

Hannah

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!!!!

Reviewed on 06 February 2019 by , Shepperton, United Kingdom

Marie
Enjoyable

Started out a little choppy but got increasingly better and atmospheric

Reviewed on 05 February 2019 by , Barnsley, United Kingdom

Rebecca
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.

Reviewed on 05 February 2019 by , Sutton In Ashfield, United Kingdom

Maureen
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.

Reviewed on 04 February 2019 by , Worthing, United Kingdom

Brian
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.

Reviewed on 03 February 2019 by , Burgess Hill, United Kingdom

Jon
Must see

Reviewed on 03 February 2019 by , Ipswich, United Kingdom

Grant
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.

Reviewed on 03 February 2019 by , Dunmow, United Kingdom

Jeffrey

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

Reviewed on 02 February 2019 by , South Benfleet, United Kingdom

Dami
Amazing must see

Reviewed on 02 February 2019 by , Bromley, United Kingdom

Jamie
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 ?

Reviewed on 02 February 2019 by , Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

James

The show was brilliant in every way

Reviewed on 02 February 2019 by , Teignmouth, United Kingdom

Jim

Brilliant

Reviewed on 02 February 2019 by , Birmingham, United Kingdom

Emma
A five star show

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

Reviewed on 01 February 2019 by , South Croydon, United Kingdom

kim
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.

Reviewed on 01 February 2019 by , Mexborough, United Kingdom

Ines
Wonderful show

Reviewed on 01 February 2019 by , Paris, France

Kevin
A must see theatre show

Very good show

Reviewed on 31 January 2019 by , Gillingham, United Kingdom

Carole
A Must See!

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

Reviewed on 31 January 2019 by , Richterswil, Switzerland

Tracy
Brilliant

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

Reviewed on 31 January 2019 by , Sevenoaks, United Kingdom

Michelle
Amazing, show everyone will love.

Reviewed on 29 January 2019 by , Sheffield, United Kingdom

Jacqueline
A must see. Brilliant show

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

Reviewed on 29 January 2019 by , Romford, United Kingdom

Evelyn
Nostalga

Reviewed on 28 January 2019 by , Chatham, United Kingdom

sylvain
A must sea

Reviewed on 27 January 2019 by , Lille, France

Marcus
Absolutely fantastic show, really enjoyed the story and show.

Reviewed on 27 January 2019 by , Abingdon, United Kingdom

HAYLEY
Outstanding

Reviewed on 26 January 2019 by , Grantham, United Kingdom

John
Must see

Great show with superb songs

Reviewed on 25 January 2019 by , Walthamstow, United Kingdom

Hanah
Absolutely brilliant!!

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

Reviewed on 25 January 2019 by , Romford, United Kingdom

Angela

Amazing show Motown music from my youth loved it

Reviewed on 24 January 2019 by , Newmarket, United Kingdom

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

Reviewed on 24 January 2019 by , Trowbridge, United Kingdom

nadine
Electrifying

Reviewed on 23 January 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

D
A real feel good show

Thoroughly recommend this show storyline music and acting fantastic

Reviewed on 21 January 2019 by , Seaton, United Kingdom

Graham
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.

Reviewed on 21 January 2019 by , Falmouth, United Kingdom

Simon
colourful, informative...a great show

Reviewed on 20 January 2019 by , Newbury, United Kingdom

26 Jul
2017
Phil Willmott

David Albury Leads the New Cast of MOTOWN

by Phil Willmott | Wednesday, July 26 2017, 12:37

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.

David Albury Leads the New Cast of MOTOWN
09 May
2016
Stacey Tyler

Review: MOTOWN - THE MUSICAL at Shaftesbury Theatre

by Stacey Tyler | Monday, May 9 2016, 10:16

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 - THE MUSICAL at Shaftesbury Theatre
25 Feb
2016
Hugh Wooldridge

Review: MOTOWN at the Shaftesbury Theatre

by Hugh Wooldridge | Thursday, February 25 2016, 11:26

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.

Review: MOTOWN at the Shaftesbury Theatre