Aldwych Theatre
49 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4DF
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Opened: 10 Feb 2015
Booking from: 23 Aug 2017
Booking until: 05 Aug 2017
Duration: Approx 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval
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  • 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.
  • hannahscregg 6 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating Beautiful, 5th August 2017
    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!
    It is officially listed as a restricted view seat due to the overhang from the Grand Circle above, and as such you cannot see the top half of the stage. For this particular show it was only a problem when people were singing on the top level of the set (which was just a handful of scenes) as you could only see their legs; where action takes place on the stage level though, the view is great for the cheaper price which these seats come at. Legroom is very good here, enough for you to be able to walk past somebody already sat down without them needing to stand up, and seats are nice and comfortable to sit in.
    L20 Dress Circle - Aldwych Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle L20
  • gdeacon95 6'1 male 54 reviews 6 helpful votes
    100% total rating Beautiful, 1st August 2017
    Managed to catch this in the final week before it closed - very pleased I did! A very well put-together jukebox musical which focuses more on constructing a good story rather than just throwing some songs in a show. Actors & musicians were all brilliant. A very feel good show with a strong enough to story to be quite powerful too!
    Sat in Stalls D13
    Picked up as a day seat - great, central view which is unobstructed. Worth noting that if you're short and are unfortunate enough to have someone tall in front of you, you might have your view blocked slightly as the seat is directly in front. Seat is fairly comfy and the legroom is decent, although not the most spacious.
    D13 Stalls - Aldwych Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls D13
  • 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
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.
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!

Set for it's final London run, Beautiful really is a must see musical, so don't miss out and get your tickets now.
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+