Shaftesbury Theatre

210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP GB

Motown The Musical
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Motown The Musical Tickets

4.6/5
based on 1052 reviews

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

Booking until: Saturday, 20 April 2019

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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.

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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

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Recommended for:

Anyone
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Families
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Teenagers
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Couples
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Theatregoers
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based on 1052 reviews

Good music really bad acting

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Very lively

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If you love Motown music, this show is a must see!

Talented cast, beloved hits, colorful costumes, and audience engagement will lift your mood and infect you with Motown music virus for the rest of the week.


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excellent music, excellent story, excellent costumes

Thoroughly enjoyable show. Great music, great storyline. Talented cast and would be enjoyed by all ages.


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Brilliant

Amazing voices of all the cast.. star struck from the minute it started.. fabulous throughout..


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fantastic

Very good nigth with a great show and time just flow away ...service good because er for new seats M row stalls because my friends godt very Long legs and could not fit the ones we have ordered ..and No extra coast 👌💞


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Spectacular

The Shaftesbury is just a short walk from Tottenham Court Road tube station. Plenty of places nearby to grab a snack or a full meal. The show was great ~ so many memorable songs! It also covered the issue of race discrimination, black power, the assassination of JFK and Martin Luther King. A show for all the family!


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Feel good factor with a positive message

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A musical must see story

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Brilliant cast and music. A must see!

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Awesome

Great cast, great voices, great show


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Brilliant has to be seen

It’s amazing you have to see


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Must see

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Musically entertaining

Absolutely brilliant show if you love motown music or want to be introduced to motown music, thoroughly enjoyed it, the vocals were amazing!!


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Fantastic show!

A friend and I booked our tickets last minute as we had a spare evening in London and I’m so glad we did. Fantastic acting and singing with feel good music. We both left with big smiles on our faces. A wonderful evening!


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If you like Midtown you'll love this


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Amazing

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Memory of my childhoid

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A real trip down a musical memory lane!

This was the second time I have seen this show. I attended with my mother the first time and loved it so much I had to go back with my husband. The show is funny, energetic, colourful, and a real trip down memory lane in terms of the music. A real sing along show. I barely stopped smiling throughout the whole show.


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25 years of Motown music in a show

Interesting story line with a trip down musical memory lane. The young Michael Jackson was great, and all the Performers gave their all in every performance bringing their characters to life with dedicated authenticity. Great atmosphere. We visited on NYE before a celebratory meal and this set us up for the best night.


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Hits all the right notes!

Hit after hit after hit! Tapped and clapped from beginning to end. Book your tickets now. You won’t regret it!


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Really good

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2 and half hours of sheer delight

A belter of a show


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Nice

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Just didn’t want it to end

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Loved it

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Incredible

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Beautifull

It was too cold in the Hall(stalls area)


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Spectacular

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Fun

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Colorful

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To much dialogue not enough music.


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Creative and a must see!!!

Sit in the royal circle, first row! Awesome view!


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Please go and see

An absolutely fantastic show


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Outstanding Musical Performance

Great show. Performers encouraged audience participation. Perfect way to spend a few hours.


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Awesome Show

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Vibrant and entertaining.

From the opening number I was so happy that we booked tickets to see this show. Some great acting, singing and great banter with the audience.


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fantastic . a MUST SEE


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Best show

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great music and the motown story explained perfectly

great show with great cast they sang and danced their hearts out .always smiling at the audience and getting everyone to sing along It was a fantastic show I highly recommend this show


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Not to be missed!

Amazing musical from the opening until the end curtain. Incredible musicians and singers/performers. Definitely line to see.


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Excellent

Wonderful performances. The best musical I’ve seen in years.


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Talking talking talking


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Entertaining

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wow

The show was amazing.. I asked my husband for his glasses .. security came over and asked us to stop talking.. wanted to say ..why don't you.. then during the intervals .. a woman and her husband was standing at the back of us.. row M21 and 22..then 8 security and female managers surrounded them and started to tell this woman off for clapping and enjoying the show.. she stated that she had waited 3 months for this show and was just excited and loving the show..they asked her to leave .. she then asked can I have my money back.. they stated no.. pointing fingers at her.. she then started to cry.. managers then put them to sit behind us.. as if they were in the naughty corner.. surrounded by 8 security.. they then left..seeing that spoilt our night.. the female manager obviously was not trained in customer services to deal with this ordeal..at one stage a small security man was pointing at the woman.. a security man with short cropped hair .. who was on the door when I entered the theatre was so very nice .. telling me to keep hydrated with my water..was the perfect gentleman or security.. it was awful to see how a woman who was loving the show ..like myself.. was treated this way..I will never go back to that theatre..there was also a young African usher who loved the sound of his own voice was quite happy to point people out to his female Co worker who was chatting before the show..to keep it quite.. how rude.. you need to sack him.. people had paid good money hard earned money to see the show..my friends and family asked if I enjoyed the show.. my reply was..amazing then I added what happened during intervals..black handsome security man with beard and million dollar smile just looked on.. it looked like all the security was told to surround this woman.. you need to sack the manager.. who clearly could not deal with situation and have my blonde hair or black handsome security men to take her job..


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Wonderful music show

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Disappointing

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worth seeing

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Was spectacular! The actors and actresses was amazing!

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The sound of motown makes you move

If you love the Motown Sound , this is a Must See!


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AMAZING

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Great music shame about the audience

Great music, weak story but overall worth seeing. Unfortunately our enjoyment was somewhat overshadowed by the group behind us who continually sang out loud and heckled the actors throughout the show. Eventually they were ejected from the Theatre but not until towards the end.


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Definitely one not to miss!

Everything good but we had the unfortunate luck of having a group of people in one of the balconies who drank beyond the limits necessary and making unnecessary comments.


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Magical Motown

already a Motown fan,and the show lived up to my expectations - energetic fantastic singing action costumes - learned more about the history ofMotown. Supep Evening and the staff at the theatre ware fabulous which is always a lovely addition to the night.


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Great evening with famous songs

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Brilliant Motown History

As a teenager when Motown erupted in the UK, for me this was a fascinating story about the aspirations and disappointments of Motown's founder, who I had never heard of, told through the marvellous music that label created: the black "crossover" music which Elvis Presley had pioneered. The case are all brilliant, their energy limitless, and the orchestra faultless. I may go again.


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engaging

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Toe tapping sjow

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Great as t show very reasonably priced

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The music makes it

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High energy, great story, amazing voices

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Fantastic

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Fantastic

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Good show, entertaining.

The show was fun and entertaining, but seemed a little less professional in caliber and showmanship than some other shows. Was expecting to hear a few more iconic songs from start to finish. I wanted it to be spectacular, and it was just good - but part of that was low energy in the audience.


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Motown the best!

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Great day out

Great step back in time singers fantastic re-ignited my love of the Motown sounds


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Good concept, like the political context. Rough round the edges dancers.

Dancing not polished enough. Not enough story in between. Great music. Conductor was awesome. Great concept, great singing and acting, not executed well enough. 2 rate


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Amazing

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an inspiring lesson in pop music history

For fans of Motown, this show is a no-brainer must-see. For anyone interested in music history, this tells you about the origins of some of the world's greatest songs. Although the story was straightforward and slightly rushed, the highlights included archive material to show the great change America and the world went through and how it was portrayed by Motown's music. Great costumes, great tunes, a genuine feel-good show for everyone. Get ready to join in!


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Fantastic feel good show not to be missed

On a grey afternoon in November it was such a mood lifter. Fantastic from beginning to end . We took our 19 year old son who also loved it


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Motown music lovers

Loved all the Motown music, with good singers and actors. But unfortunately although the story was based on how Motown music began, we felt it did drag on about how black people was treated in the past. We feel this would make some people feel uncomfortable


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Music was great

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Must see

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Music lovers

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Such a feel good show

Took my parents who grew up in the states in the south and during that time. My dad isnt a huge fan of musical but he thoroughly enjoyed his time. And my mom was singing her heart out even hours after the show.


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Beautiful

It was an amazing show. Me and wife enjoyed it so much, we where singing dancing and overall it was the best theatre show ever


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Good Story

Good show and story line very well executed. Everyone there to enjoy and sing along so was surprised when some people were told to quiet down


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Brilliant interpretation a trip down memory lane

The music takes you back and reminds you of what you have forgotten! Excellent show with great voices.


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Feel good musical

Good story amazing singing and an all round look at Motown in the making


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Great show and worth seeing

If you like Motown and want to know the history then this is the show for you.


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Full of energy

Great show with super sound dancing music and energy. Highly recommended


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Spectacular

The whole experience was amazing. Had stall seats which I thought would be cramped but was comfortable and still felt up close and personal.


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Exciting. Colourful. Must see

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Colourful and a great storyline

This gives you the story off motown and want you may or may not have known well done great singers great colourful show


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Go and see

An excellent production superb acting dancing the costumes and sets are brilliant. And the music......


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Fab

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Sound quality a little poor but a great show other than that

Interesting story, lots of songs, good dancing but the sound was a little muffled sadly.


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Great music and musical performances!

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Superb performance.

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Brilliant full of energy. Creative

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Racist against white people

I thought this was a very racist show against white people. It is about time people forgot about the past and moved on or they never will.


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Wonderful

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Amazing!!!

I loved the show from start to finish. The performers were all so amazing and talented. You will not be disappointed in the show. The storyline to the songs all made the show like a spectacular time machine


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Great night out

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Entertaining

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Amazing

Absolutely fantastic


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Excellent Show

Was a fabulous show, the only disappointment was not being able to get up and dance


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Great show, story and singers

Superb entertainment


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A great show, very entertaining

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A must see

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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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