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Aldwych Theatre
49 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4DF
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SHOW TIMES
Opened: 10 Feb 2015
Booking from: 17 Oct 2017
Booking until: 05 Aug 2017
Duration: Approx 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval
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  • amandareynolds 5"6 female 15 reviews 0 helpful votes
    60% total rating Beautiful, 28th July 2017
    The set was very clever, moving the piano to quickly change scene worked really well and I liked the fact that it was remotely controlled. There were no flashy projections which I thought was good as some shows can rely too heavily on these. I saw 2nd cover, David O’Mahony, as Gerry Goffin and he was really convincing. I especially liked the second act where his character was finding it increasingly hard and going through a marriage and mental breakdown. The acting throughout was very believable and his voice was very good too. On for Cynthia Weil was Georgie Ashford, who I’ve since found out I have seen in about 4 shows. She was really good. The character is quite funny and she really hit the spot with the comic timing and delivery of the lines. I also thought that Ian McIntosh (Barry Mann) was played really convincingly. I loved his portrayal of his hypochondria and his vocals were amazing. Cassidy Janson (Carole King) was present on the stage almost throughout and some of the quick changes were amazing. Apparently for some of the quick changes she has four dressers off stage helping – this is more than some shows have full stop. Her vocals were clear and pitch-perfect. I also liked her ability to use full range and power – whilst there were some power notes and belts it wasn’t all about this. I personally found the accent took a while to get used to but that is obviously Carole King’s accent. I’m glad to have seen the show but I have to say it was missing something for me. I thought it was good, easy to follow and watch and clearly the audience were enjoying it but I didn’t ‘feel’ anything. For me it was missing the ensemble numbers and harmonies which I love and I didn’t really feel anything for the characters. However I do think fans of that era of music or Carole King were delivered a really good story of her life and how music was created.
    I never normally sit in the dress circle but we had complimentary tickets so had no choice. I was pleasantly surprised by the view. You can see all of the stage and there was a good rake meaning that you could see easily over the top of others heads. The seats were comfortable and the leg room was adequate.
    J22 Dress Circle - Aldwych Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle J22
  • emmamcallister 3 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Beautiful, 27th January 2017
    I brought my mum to see this show for her birthday. I knew she liked Carole King's music, so I thought it was the perfect choice. And it was!! Cassidy Janson as Carole was absolutely outstanding. Easily one of the best female vocalists I've ever heard on a West End stage. She hit all the big notes effortlessly and I was so comfortable watching her. The rest of the cast were also very impressive. Shoutout to Lorna Want for her Olivier Award winning performance as Carole King's close friend Cynthia Weil. She had a really lovely voice that I could listen to all day. I think the music speaks for itself. Alongside the Carole King classics that I know and love, there were also other songs in there that I didn't even know Carole King had written!! That's another thing I loved about this show; It really showed Carole's talent and story beautfully and I left the theatre with a new found respect for her not just as a musician, but as a person and a mother. During the finale, they got the entire audience up on our feet and we were all dancing and singing and it was really quite fun. I usually don't do anything like that at the end of a show, but I was quite happy to get up and dance to 'I Feel the Earth Move', and so was my mother, and that is a compliment in itself... Overall, great night out with a splendid cast and great toe tapping tunes! *****
    If you were looking at the stage from the auditorium, we were sitting on the right hand side of the theatre, and we had our backs against the side wall of the theatre. Our seats were positioned so that they faced the opposite side of the auditorium and not directly at the stage, so we had to bend over and look right for the whole performance so we came out of the theatre with sore necks. We couldn't see the right hand side (audience's perspective) of the stage so we couldn't see some of the actors on stage, which was very annoying. They were cheaper restricted view seats but I still wouldn't recommend them.
  • mayagottlieb 17 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating Beautiful, 19th November 2016
    I thouroughly enjoyed this show. For all fans of Carole King's music, this is a perfect show to learn about how these songs came about, with perfect integration of the songs into the storyline of her life. In this sense, it moves beyond a typical jukebox musical and rather than simply having songs for the sake of it and jumping from one to another, each one is relevant to a moment in her life and is beautifully sung and played by the amazing actors and orchestra. If you have never heard Carole King's music or are not a fan, it is still a 'beautiful' show! (Also note that there are some wonderful songs by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, making the show even more interesting!)
    Sat in Stalls T11
    As the seat is at the back of stalls, the view of the top of the stage and set is obstructed, so certain scenes where the ensemble are higher up on the sets are not fully visible (however, this does not prevent a fully enjoyable experience as this is only relevant for certain scenes and not a major factor, simply something to take into account). The theatre felt very packed so there was not much legroom or space, but this didn't particularly bother me (although some may want to take this into account).
    T11 Stalls - Aldwych Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls T11
  • paulfootie 6'3" male 68 reviews 3 helpful votes
    100% total rating Beautiful, 7th February 2017
    I have been meaning to see this show and boy I am so glad that I saw it! Excellent collection of songs charting the history of Carole King but in a light-hearted and non-documentary way. A beautifully simple set that works well and means the action is fast paced and can change quickly. The cast are fantastic and perform all the numbers with heart and passion and the lead was excellent. There are elements of humour and laugh out loud bits the balance the musical side well. Overall an excellent show that I will see again!
    This seat is part of two (L22 and L21) right at the back on the stage left side of the theatre (as L1 & L2 are on the other side!). There is a wall next to the seat but this mean leg room and also as nobody is behind you you can lean, stand etc at our hearts desire! The view is excellent (see the picture) but again as you can move freely if you did have somebody in front who was tall you can work around it. Only negative is that the very top of the set is blocked by the top of the set frame and for a few numbers you can just see the waists of the singers but for this show this does not happen very often and does not spoil things but is worth mentioning for future shows.
    L21 Grand Circle - Aldwych Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Grand Circle L21
BEAUTIFUL SEATING PLAN
Budget permitting, it is best to avoid tickets in the back 5 rows of the Stalls. In these seats the Dress Circle overhang cuts off views of high parts of the set, which are occasionally used in the show.
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STORY
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical was the hottest ticket on Broadway in 2014, selling out the Stephen Sondheim Theatre night after night. Now running at the West End's Aldwych Theatre, Beautiful is now replicating its New York success in London.

Winning two Olivier Awards in its opening year, Beautiful is one of the most successful jukebox musicals in decades.

The show tells the true and empowering tale of Carole King and her rise to song writing stardom. From her early years living with her mother in Brooklyn to the pinnacle of her career singing as a solo artist at Carnegie Hall, Beautiful tells Carole's tale, warts and all.

Carole starts off her career as a songwriter, penning tunes for hit musical artists such as The Drifters and The Shirelles. Collaborating with her husband, Gerry Goffin, the pair rise to success, penning many number 1 hits. The pair then meet rivals turned friends, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, whose hit songs are also peppered throughout the show. As a foursome, they could go far, unfortunately Gerry's eye starts to wander.

From somebody very much defined by her work with her husband and her work for others, Carole manages to find the inner strength and talent to eventually define herself as a performer in her own right.

Featuring the beloved musical numbers "Some Kind of Wonderful," "Take Good Care of My Baby," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "The Locomotion," and "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman," the show is guaranteed to be a treat for the ears!

Set for it's final London run, Beautiful really is a must see musical, so don't miss out and get your tickets now.
SUITABLE FOR
Beautiful is recommended for lovers of a good jukebox musical. Fans of Jersey Boys and Memphis will particularly enjoy this show and should get tickets. Whilst the show is not aimed at children, those aged 8 or above may enjoy the show for its fantastic music and colourful sets.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for ages 11+
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