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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.

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Average Rating: 4 out of 5 stars based on 111 review(s)


Latest Review: "I love Motown and always have. This was a birthday gift to myself. Did I enjoy it, yes, I did. Di..."

Jukebox musicals continue to be one of the most popular forms of entertainment in London’s West End and to say that the capital as them covered would be an understatement. One of the popular examples of this, however, is Motown The Musical, which is amongst those to take a particular musical style and celebrate it in West End musical style.

Unlike shows such as Mamma Mia!, which focuses on one act, Motown The Musical celebrates an entire label. Plenty of audiences around the world are in love with the music of Motown and this is why they have been flocking to the Shaftesbury Theatre to witness events unfold.

So the West End is a great place to be if you want the best celebration of Motown that money can buy!

Motown The Musical thrilled audiences on the other side of the Atlantic when it first appeared on Broadway and later appeared at other venues across the continent. Now, however, West End audiences can also get a look-in as it entertains the crowds 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. As such many well known names are portrayed in the show, from Gordy himself to the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye.

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.

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 he is the original director of Motown The Musical on Broadway, audiences know they are in for a great time as this wonderful show continues in Theatreland.

Motown The Musical continues to dominate as a jukebox musical for with which to be reckoned and it still manages to draw in the crowds at the Shaftesbury Theatre. So make sure you are first in line for a future performance!

Did You Know?

• Jay Perry plays Berry Gordy in the production alongside Natalie Kassanga as Diana Ross and Carl Spencer as Marvin Gaye. Other cast members include David Albury, Kyle Turner and Adam Philpott (correct as of July 2018).
• The famous songs of Motown The Musical include Please Mr Postman, Bye Bye Baby, Dancing In The Street, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Where Did Our Love Go and I Want You Back, amongst many others.
• The show premiered in 2013 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway. It ran there until early 2015 and was nominated for four Tony Awards in the following categories: Best Sound Design Of A Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Performance By A Featured Actor In A Musical (for Charl Brown) and Best Performance By A Leading Actress In A Musical (for Valisia LeKae).

Show Information
Booking From: Wednesday, 21st November 2018
Booking Until: Saturday, 20th April 2019
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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