Memphis at Shaftesbury Theatre tickets
Memphis at Shaftesbury Theatre tickets

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Overview

Beverley Knight and Matt Cardle star in David Bryan and Joe DiPietro’s Tony and Olivier Award winning musical, Memphis.

Based on the real life story of Dewey Phillips, a Memphis based DJ with a penchant for black music, the show highlights the early struggle of black artists and their fight to be heard.

Set in 1950’s Memphis, Tennessee, the show focuses on the relationship between disc jockey, Huey Calhoun and Felicia, the black singing sensation of club owner, Delray.

Huey loves Felicia’s sound and wants to promote her music. Having recently been fired from a department store for selling black rock 'n' roll music, Huey lands himself a job on the radio and begins to find an audience for the black sound. Managing to break many prejudices along the way, Huey begins a sexual relationship with Felicia, which not only complicates his mission to launch her to stardom but also brings out deep seated racial discrimination from both of their families.

Despite the serious subject matter, the show is also fun and vibrant, containing the upbeat original numbers “The Music of My Soul,” “Everybody Wants to Be Black on a Saturday Night,” “Make Me Stronger,” and “Memphis Lives in Me.”

As well as David Bryan’s celebrated score, the show also contains Olivier Award winning choreography by Sergio Trujillo, making the piece an all-encompassing musical theatre experience.

Memphis will be sure to have you on your feet dancing and clapping by the end of the show!

Recommended for

Those who love the 1950’s-60’s soul sounds will very much enjoy this show. Fans of Beautiful and Jersey Boys are likely to enjoy this show.
Please note that due to some mild adult content, this show is not suitable for children.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for 11+

Dates and times

Running time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including an interval.
Opened: 09 Oct 2014
Press night: 23 Oct 2014
Booking from: 09 Oct 2015
Booking until: 31 Oct 2015

Location and map

Shaftesbury Theatre
210 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, WC2H 8DP

72 Reviews Add review

Memphis is by far one of my favourite musicals I have seen! I think the thing that really got me about this musical was the music!... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Memphis is by far one of my favourite musicals I have seen! I think the thing that really got me about this musical was the music!... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I chose this musical because a favourite performer Jon Robyns was playing the alternative Huey. Beverley Knight slayed also and wa... More

katierose 5"7, 67 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I wasn't sure about this musical until I actually saw it and was blown away by it; it's incredible. The music is fantastic, and w... More

Chen 5"6, 41 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I thought the show was good, however it was another copy of hairspray I felt, only not as successful. The music was brilliant but ... More

georgedawes 18 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Amazing show that has the best story-line out of anything I've seen. Tim Newman covered Huey in this show and was incredible, alon... More

danlewington 170cm, 17 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Loved this show so much we went back again, and sat in the same seats! Beverley Knight is an exceptional talent, especially as Fel... More

TM89 6' 3", 144 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Brilliant show, probably one of the best story-lines I've ever seen. Such a shame it closed so early. Both Beverley Knight and Mat... More

danlewington 170cm, 17 reviews, 2 helpful votes

An amazing yet sadly underrated musical. Memphis was a truly amazing story of the acceptance of race back In the 1960's.

Lethaniel-S-C 6", 59 reviews, 0 helpful votes