Aldwych Theatre
49 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4DF
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Opened: 10 Feb 2015
Booking from: 24 May 2017
Booking until: 05 Aug 2017
Duration: Approx 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval



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  • mayagottlieb 13 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 57 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
  • matthiasalberty 6 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Beautiful, 10th April 2017
    I must admit, I'd never heard if Carole King (shocking, I know), but once the songs came on, the light bulb lit up. Maybe the story is a bit thin and maybe there are better musicals out there, but what a cast, what music, what powerful voices. It draws you right in and it is a very enjoyable evening.
    Sat in Stalls G12
    Seats are actually better than in some other, old theatres but you still may find yourself fighting over the armrest. Legroom was ample for a 6'6'' big guy. View is excellent.
    G12 Stalls - Aldwych Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls G12
  • fifilou 5"7 female 178 reviews 2 helpful votes
    80% total rating Beautiful, 15th October 2015
    I really enjoyed seeing this, and was amazed by how many songs I actually recognised. A great new Juke box musical with a nice underlying story. Great performances by all and a good mix of uptempo songs and ballads. I did notice that the majority of the audience where older than me but I think it would be a good musical for all to see for the music alone!
    This seat is right at the top of the Grand Circle and does feel a long way from the stage. For this musical I don't think that mattered as the music is the real star. The view was clear and uninterrupted but the legroom was nearly none existent and the man next to me looked like he was struggling throughout. The other thing to note is that I felt like I kept kneeing the person in front in the back of the head, just one to consider if you are the person in front for this part of the theatre. It was difficult to see any detail or the actor faces and expressions. The price is reflected in the distance and seating arrangement and to be honest I would probably sit here again as the seats themselves weren't too uncomfortable.
    K6 Grand Circle - Aldwych Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Grand Circle K6
Budget permitting, it is best to avoid 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.
Aldwych Theatre, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
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!
Beautiful is recommended for lovers of a good jukebox musical. Fans of Jersey Boys and Memphis will particularly enjoy this show. 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+