Motown the Musical Reviews - 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.

Show Information
Booking From: Monday, 22nd October 2018
Booking Until: Saturday, 20th April 2019
Running Time: 2 hours 45 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
Review Summary
Average Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars based on 108 review(s)


Latest Review: "Fun, exuberant, fascinating - we (my two friends and I) loved every minute of this show. The sing..."

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    Tuesday, 5th Dec 2017 by Sarah lyons

Show was fantastic - theatre staff and atmosphere was horrendous. 16 of us ladies went and were frowned upon for trying to enjoy the music - unless on cue do not sway or smile as you will be told to tone it down by 20% or you will have to leave (exact words). Disgusting to be treated like this at a show that is about music. I have been told that in Cardiff showing (where I live) the people who attended had to take their shoes off as they danced so much their feet hurt!!

    Tuesday, 28th Nov 2017 by Joan Gray

We saw the show llast night and thought it was absolutely fantastic. Loved it from beginning to end and would love to see it again. Definitely makes you want to dance and sing from start to finish. It was my daughter's birthday and Stevie Wonder singing "Happy Birthday" really made her night. Some parts of the show were pretty moving and tearful, but in the nicest way. Audience participation was great and they all appeared to be loving it too. All the actors/singers where amazing. A BIG thank you to all.

    Thursday, 9th Nov 2017 by Anna

Such excellent talent; superb show !!

    Friday, 6th Oct 2017 by chris

Wished I'd saved my money.!

Nothing I'd want to see again,motown was more than Ross whos song were the only ones sung with more than one verse

A few lines of other artists songs was less than entertaining.

    Monday, 25th Sep 2017 by chriss

Enjoyed the show more like the Diana Ross story than Motown story , missed tears of a clown? think the cast were lip-syncing most of the time.

    Saturday, 16th Sep 2017 by Chris Shepherd

We saw the show September 2016 the best show ever we are booking again for march 2018 5 Stars.

    Friday, 15th Sep 2017 by Trevor O

Poor storyline. Show needs to decide whether its A Diana Ross story or a Mowtown story as its indecision leaves audience frustrated. Nice mix of artists though a couple of verses of well-known songs increased the frustration. Audience unable to "get into" a song because of its brevity. Missed a trick here guys as the era was exceptional but the show didn't match it.

    Friday, 25th Aug 2017 by W southall

Totally agree with A Hughes. This could have been a celebration of Motown music and been uplifting but we came out of the theatre disappointed with the story line and reflecting on the missed classics, like Tears of a clown. The best part was the Jackson Five medley. The audience didn't engage much so maybe they were feeling the same as us?

    Wednesday, 23rd Aug 2017 by Anne richardson

What an absolutely brilliant entertaining show . The cast were brilliant,the songs too.

Came to London just for the show with some friends.brilliant

    Sunday, 13th Aug 2017 by Hannah Miles

Wasn't what we expected thought there would be more songs - more like the Motown story or the Dianna Ross story. Disappointing! We had great expectations - advertised as best show in London.

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