Shaftesbury Theatre

210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP GB

Motown The Musical

Motown The Musical Tickets

4.6/5
based on 730 reviews

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

Booking until: Saturday, 5 January 2019

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Booking from:
Thursday, 11 February 2016

Booking until:
Saturday, 5 January 2019

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

Customer Reviews

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Anyone:
82%
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Couples:
92%
Theatregoers:
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based on 730 reviews

WOW, very enjoyable!!!

Really good Music ,great story and good acting. Feel good Factor, Everyone came out Smiling


London Box Office customer

Soul music!

Brilliant evening. Singing and dancing was fabulous and the energy of all the performers, including the amazing orchestra, lit up the theatre. Wonderful nostalgic trip down a powerful musical memory lane, with interesting back stories of performers and nuggets of US political history thrown in. Would love to go back.


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Music extravaganza

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Energetic, lively & full of music

The show was fantastic, very lively, I was tapping my feet right from the beginning. The singer's all were very good and there was an energetic soulful rythm throughout. The young boy who played Michael Jackson of the Jackson 5 was outstanding. Thoroughly enjoyed the show.


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Fabulouse show. Brilliant voices and good storyline of Motown

This is a must to see if you like Motown - you'll be impressed by all the actor/singers voices. My only criticism was the ushers who were upgrading people's seats throughout the production, which was very distracting.


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Amazing show!

Disappointed that there were signs around the theatre warning us that we were not permitted to dance or sing during the show. This is a history of Motown and the songs are familiar to all, we had expected to be able to join in dancing and singing along to the music (as we have done with other musicals with the cast's encouragement), and had booked aisle seats so that we could do this without inconveniencing other members of the audience. This was a bit disappointing and impacted on our enjoyment of the show. The artists were talented, and costumes were amazing. We especially loved the actor who played Berry Gordy; his voice was wonderful.


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Real feel good and not to be missed

Fabulous performance


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Great Music

Great to hear great music makes you feel good


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Fabulous show

This show was fabulous, we really enjoyed it and knew nearly all of the songs. If we have any criticisms, they are not about the show, merely that the Theatre seats are not very comfortable and that a few times inconsiderate Theatregoers who had arrived late, were allowed to go to their seats whilst the show was in full flow.


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Energizing

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Great

It was Great, all the performances were full of energy they gave all to their act. Nice one


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must see enjoyable.

Enjoyed the songs the story line gave me insight into history of Motown and the founders and all the acts at the time and what they went through and how this was expressed in their music. Excellent.


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Amazing show!

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Brings back such happy memories

Loved the costumes which were just faboulous. Music was as good as you would expect- just fantastic and the whole cast were amazing exciting and real. Location, ticket collection, getting to the seats, in and out was all easy. Well done Shaftesbury!


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Good show

En general, good show, although the dialogues could/should be cut in half and replaced with a lot more music.


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BRILLIANT!

WE CAME OUT FEELING LIKE WE HAD BEEN TO A FANTASTIC CONCERT. THE SINGING WAS BRILLIANT JUST LIKE THE ORIGINAL! VERY UPLIFTING AND DEFINITELY SOMETHING TO SEE.


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You can’t not sing along!

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Story line weak, could have been better.


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Lots of fun!

Good price, great acting and the music of course was great fun! Would recommend it to anyone


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A fun evening celebrating the best music

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Fantastic music

Excellent show with fantastic music and great story capturing the great dominance of Motown.


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Brilliant

The only thing I would comment on is the fidgeting audience in the first half up and down and wandering around distracting at times. Show was brilliant


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Sensational, fast paced

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Sensational

Great songs costumes and wonderful to watch


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Not to be missed Show

Excellant show , took my 2 teenage daughters who thoroughly enjoyed it. Music was spot on and the costumes fitting for the period covered . Went to quickly , a couple of more sing along songs at the end would have been the icing on the cake .


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A must see show

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informative

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Average

For anyone who knows the story and the music well, it will be disapointing


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Absolutely fantastic. The singing was amazing!

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Absolutely amazing show

This show was brilliant, whilst it addressed oppression and racism that blacks people faced it was light hearted, funny, fun, dazzling and exciting. Well done. Also it was a birthday treat ... no doubt one birthday gift I won't forget. So thank you Motown the musical. Mrs Karima McKen x


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Good story

A very good show, music was a little before my time but did know more as the story went on. Was spoilt though as was sat amongst a large group of French students who would not be quiet throughout the show


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Jetlag Cure

I had only recently flown from Canada & I was afraid that I might fall asleep: no chance of tha with this vital, high octane performance. I am of an age that I am familiar with all of these groups on radio and vinyl. Great to hear it all again and I actually found some of the background to be quite informative.


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Must see !

Absolutely love it date night with my husband will be returning to see it again!


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The best show I have gone to in yesrs

This is a must see show you will still be there long after you leave the theatre You will tell everyone you speak to how much you enjoyed this


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Amazing

Motown was incredible! So interactive with the audience, songs that you can sing along to. The story line was great and easy to follow I couldn't have asked for a better night!


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Feel good

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Nostalgic performance

So nice to hear the old Songs , wonderful singing and acting !


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Fun!

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Fabulous ! One BIG Party

Everything was great ! But especially the music, the artists and costumes. Can talk hours about it. Will see again !!


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Great music

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Loved it, what a show

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Must see

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Excellent music for anyone who grew up in the 80s

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great entertainment -brilliant show

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the show was very good fro every aspect


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Great feel good show

Great acting and songs. Cast can all be very proud of their roles.


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Singers were good but the second part a bit slow

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Motown Magic

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Worth every penny

Great show


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Very good show, lots of great songs

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A great show

Loved the show. Great music and dancing, good story. Standing ovation at the end. Highly recommended for lovers of Motown


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entertaining

what an very entertaining and enjoyable show to watch and sing along with


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Good night out.

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Exciting and uplifting

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must see

I thought the show was performed brilliantly, I thought the narrative a little naïve and sketchy but that did not detract from the overall performance which was stunning and full of energy. I There were key iconic songs missing from the Smokey Robinson character and I assume that would be a rights issue. Just for the energy and enthusiasm of the cast and their individual performances, it is a must see.


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Feel good

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MOTOWN AT ITS BEST

Went with my 22year old granddaughter to see this fab Motown musical. I cannot recommend this show enough. The storyline, music and singing was just fabulous. Was a little apprehensive that my granddaughter would not be that keen bearing in mind it was way before her time and she did not know all the songs and singers but she loved it as well.


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We felt this should of been called the Diana Ross show!


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Enjoyable

Make sure u get good seats


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Uplifting Magical Show

Loved, loved, loved the show. The singing was fantastic. The guy who played Barry Gordy had an exceptional voice. The young Michael Jackson was incredible too! In fact all cast members were great! I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending this show


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Fun time

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feel good factor

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Absolutly Brilliant

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Great night out

Great seats goid facilities and a great effort by all


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Ok

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Enjoyable, but not the best!

Songs good but one of the lead singers playing Diana was not so good


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Pure Nostalgia

For us ageing Motown fans this was a trip down memory lane. Great story Nd wonderfully performed throughout. Not too proud to day I shed a tear Thank you to this excellent cast and musicians


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Nostalgic escape, fantastic

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feelgood show

Great show especially if like me you love Motown.Brilliant singers,good story and a real feel good show.


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Motown's greatest artists...

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Great Entertainment

A superb show, great performances, beautiful songs and superb upbeat dance sets. Some great talent and the orchestra were brilliant.


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Great overview of a soundtrack to many of our lives

Lots of fun and packed with great songs. Storyline slightly weak as a result of 50 songs squeezed in but still enough of an overview of the Motown story and the years that it was in full swing. Went with my daughter ( age 17 ) and she loved it too recognising the origin of many favourite songs!!!


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Nostalgic singalong

Really enjoyed the show, music fabulous with some interaction


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Brilliant

A must see show , especially for lovers of Motown music. Good story to weave the show together. Cedric Neal (Berry Gordy) was superb throughout the show.


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Amazing show

Great tunes. Memorable singing and acting. Beautiful stage with stunning light effects


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Ace

Show was amazing, theatre seating was great, we sat in the stalls near front, Great songs great everything can not fault it, totally flawless, Great night out, would highly recommended to anyone, ❤️


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lively

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Fantastic!! A must see

I was heartbroken to see how awful tge racism was for these amazingly talented people. I was captured by the performance and felt there pain and joy. I loved every second and would definitely recommend.


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Bringing the heart and soul of the Motown origins to life. An excellent feel good musical!

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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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