Motown the Musical - Shaftesbury Theatre

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Venue Information
Shaftesbury Theatre

Shaftesbury Theatre
210 Shaftesbury Avenue

Seating Plan


(5mins) Turn right onto New Oxford Street (past the Dominion) for 200 metres, and then turn right onto Shaftesbury Avenue, where the theatre will be on your left 100 metres down.

Review Summary
Average Rating: 4 out of 5 stars based on 94 review(s)


Latest Review: "Enjoyed the show more like the Diana Ross story than Motown story , missed tears of a clown? thin..."

With so many top notch jukebox musicals in town, the West End is the best place to be if you want to celebrate some of the best music of the last century. For audiences at the Shaftesbury Theatre, they will no doubt be turning their attentions to this awe-inspiring musical that celebrates all things Motown!

Motown The Musical wowed audiences in New York when it first appeared on Broadway and later appeared at other venues across the United States, but now it is the turn of audiences in London’s West End to get a look-in as it runs at the Shaftesbury Theatre with American director Charles Randolph-Wright at the helm.

The Motown record label launched the careers of some of the biggest names of the 20th century and it is their work that is celebrated in this fantastic musical. It does this by retelling the story of Berry Gordy, the man behind Motown. He started out with little but he eventually became the man who discovered some big names like Stevie Wonder. The story is told in flashback and, in the 1950s, we learn how Gordy went from a man with a dream to a man with a legendary story.

And as he discovered some big name we witness performances of hit songs like Where Did Our Love Go, Please Mr Postman, Dancing In The Street and more.

Director Charles Randolph-Wright has been behind some of New York’s biggest shows and has not only enjoyed a stage career but has also written and produced for the screen as well. As a theatre director he has put together the likes of Senor Discretion Himself, Sophisticated Ladies and the high profile revival of Guys and Dolls, among others. Meanwhile, he also wrote plays like The Night Is A Child.

And as the original director of Motown The Musical on Broadway, audiences are in safe hands when they head to the West End to witness the next leg in the journey for this unforgettable show..

Motown The Musical joins other jukebox musicals like Thriller Live and Jersey Boys in the capital as it runs at the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre.

Did You Know?

• Lucy St Louis, Cedric Neal, Obioma Ugoala and Sifiso Mazibuko play well known names Diana Ross, Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye in the production (correct as of January 2017).
• The ensemble includes Aisha Jawando, Simon Ray Harvey and Joshua Liburd, amongst others (correct as January 2017).
• Further Motown musical numbers that appear throughout the show include Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Bye Bye Baby, Get Ready and I Want You Back along with many others.
• The show premiered in 2013 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway.

Show Information
Booking From: Wednesday, 27th September 2017
Booking Until: Saturday, 5th January 2019
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Show Schedule
Mon: 7.30pm
Tue: 7.30pm
Wed: 7.30pm
Thu: 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Fri: 7.30pm
Sat: 2.30pm and 7.30pm
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