Beautiful at Aldwych Theatre tickets
Beautiful at Aldwych Theatre tickets

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Overview

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.

Recommended 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+

Dates and times

Running time: Approx 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval
Opened: 10 Feb 2015
Press night: 25 Feb 2015
Booking from: 03 Nov 2017
Booking until: 05 Aug 2017

Location and map

Aldwych Theatre
49 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4DF

300 Reviews Add review

The set was very clever, moving the piano to quickly change scene worked really well and I liked the fact that it was remotely con... More

amandareynolds 5"6, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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.

amandareynolds 5"6, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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. ... More

emmamcallister 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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! *****

emmamcallister 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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 a... More

mayagottlieb 161cm, 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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!)

mayagottlieb 161cm, 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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 ... More

paulfootie 6'3", 76 reviews, 3 helpful votes

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!

paulfootie 6'3", 76 reviews, 3 helpful votes

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 surpr... More

joc78 5"4, 200 reviews, 2 helpful votes

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!

joc78 5"4, 200 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Cassidy Janson who played the lead role of Carole King was truly phenomenal. Amazing both acting and singing. Her voice was like n... More

emgrace 5ft5, 12 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Cassidy Janson who played the lead role of Carole King was truly phenomenal. Amazing both acting and singing. Her voice was like nothing I've ever heard. Loved that she also played the piano live on stage. I was overwhelmed throughout the show and even cried a few times! The music was beautiful. Wonderful ensemble and supporting lead cast. I went to the show not knowing much about Carole King, and left feeling knowledgeable, inspired and with a new hero. Would highly recommend.

emgrace 5ft5, 12 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I loved it! So many recognisable songs that you might not necessarily know she had written, and a biographical story told in such ... More

hannahscregg 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I loved it! So many recognisable songs that you might not necessarily know she had written, and a biographical story told in such a 'beautiful' way. It has the perfect combination of humour and emotion, and the performance from the actress playing Carole King (Cassidy Janson here, but I had previously seen Katie Brayben) was probably one of the most extraordinary things I've ever seen. This was its closing night in London, but it's about to go on tour so go and see it in a theatre near you!

hannahscregg 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This show was fab! So many of the songs were well known and the cast performed them brilliantly! And the end is so great as cheers... More

leannewood 5"8, 11 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This show was fab! So many of the songs were well known and the cast performed them brilliantly! And the end is so great as cheers erupted around the room in support of Carol, my friend and I actually fist pumped! Great show!

leannewood 5"8, 11 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Such a great show and I'm definitely going to see it again hopefully! Couldn't recommend more plus you wouldn't expect to know as ... More

owengillott 31 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Such a great show and I'm definitely going to see it again hopefully! Couldn't recommend more plus you wouldn't expect to know as many songs as you do so it's quite nice that you already know them. It was a truly stunning beautiful production with a lovely story to it as well as all the dancing, singing and acting!

owengillott 31 reviews, 0 helpful votes
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