THEATRE
Aldwych Theatre
49 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4DF
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SHOW TIMES
Opened: 10 Feb 2015
Booking from: 21 Feb 2017
Booking until: 22 Jul 2017
Duration: Approx 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval
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Tuesday

21 Feb 2017

2:30PM
Wednesday

22 Feb 2017

7:30PM
Thursday

23 Feb 2017

7:30PM
2:30PM
Friday

24 Feb 2017

7:30PM
Saturday

25 Feb 2017

7:30PM
2:30PM
Monday

27 Feb 2017

7:30PM
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  • mayagottlieb 12 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 41 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
  • joc78 5"4 female 129 reviews 2 helpful votes
    100% total rating Beautiful, 12th January 2017
    This is fast becoming one of my favourite musicals in the West End. What makes this a must- see is the music. You are very surprised as to how many Carole king songs you recognise, whether she has penned them for other groups or sung them herself. The script is a little cheesy but I love a bit of cheese! It’s all about the music for this one and the hits just keep on coming. The age range in the theatre was incredibly diverse (young through to old) which was great to see!
    Sat in Stalls HH8
    Excellent seat situated in a prime section of the stalls. Very central and close enough to the stage that you can see everything. The raking isn’t brilliant so if you did have someone tall sit in front of you, you would struggle, however luckily enough that didn’t happen to me for this particular performance.
    HH8 Stalls - Aldwych Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls HH8
  • jdeeganfleet 5"11 male 28 reviews 0 helpful votes
    60% total rating Beautiful, 10th February 2017
    Felt it was a show for older women, Lots of drunk ladies singing along with glasses of red wine. If you know the majority of Carole King songs then this may be a show you enjoy but as an 18 year old who went alone to see if it was any good, I would rather have seen something else... The cast were very good having said that.
    The view was ok for most of the show, although, when the 2 levels of the stage were introduced you couldn't see what was happening on that second level This seat is probably the worst I've ever sat in for comfort! I had cramp in my knees from 10 minutes into the show and the leg room was appalling! I would never sit in this seat again and strongly advise anyone looking to sit here not to. It is also near a steward seat and in the quiet parts you can hear their ear piece which is very distracting!
    F27 Grand Circle - Aldwych Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Grand Circle F27
BEAUTIFUL SEATING PLAN
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.
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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!
Suitable For
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.
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