THEATRE
Shaftesbury Theatre
210 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, WC2H 8DP
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SHOW TIMES
Opened: 11 Feb 2016
Booking from: 28 Mar 2017
Booking until: 24 Feb 2018
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes (including 20 minute interval)
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL TICKETS
Wednesday

29 Mar 2017

7:30PM
Thursday

30 Mar 2017

7:30PM
2:30PM
Friday

31 Mar 2017

7:30PM
Saturday

01 Apr 2017

7:30PM
2:30PM
Monday

03 Apr 2017

7:30PM
Tuesday

04 Apr 2017

7:30PM
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  • Charmainf 5ft 4" 84 reviews 8 helpful votes
    60% total rating Motown the Musical, 18th March 2017
    This show starts off in high energy and the music of Motown is fabulous throughout. Many classics are played, although some of them only had a line or two of them sang which was disappointing. The lighting could be more creative as the floor or back ground was very bland and sitting in this seat I could see all the stage markings on the stage. I'm not a fan of audience participation and there was some involved in this show so it loses points from me for that. Overall though a stellar cast and orchestra who by the end of the show have all the audience up dancing and clapping along and therefore leaving the theatre buzzing. If you love Motown you'll love this show.
    This seat has a great view of the show. It’s quite a small old seat as the theatre has not been refurbished for a while but it was fine. There is a rail in front of the row but it did not interfere with viewing at all and I could clearly see everything on stage. When purchasing this seat the website states it is a reduced rate due to restricted leg room seat for people under 5ft 10. This was not an issue for me. I had to keep my legs at a right angle and still had a couple of inches between my knees and the balcony whereas I noted other taller people had their knees right up against the balcony. I was able to put my coat under the chair and bag between my feet but it was a tight squeeze particularly if people wanted to get past. I had to lean forward when one of the performers came down off the stage (I won't say anymore as I don't want to spoil it) and unfortunately I think people sitting behind me wouldn't have been able to see it at all. This was only for a short time so didn't matter too much. Bearing all this in mind, I would still recommend this seat.
    A8 Royal Circle - Shaftesbury Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Royal Circle A8
  • z0esparkles 5"6 female 20 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating Motown the Musical, 6th April 2016
    Great show with great music! Performances are excellent! During part of the show, 'Diana Ross' comes down into the audience and asks for people to join in. On this occasion, she went to the people seated on my far right, on the outer aisle and got them to sing into the mic. This was quite stressful for me as I was on the inner aisle, and was unsure how much she was going to walk around. Also, I didn't expect audience participation - this happened to be the one song I didn't know out of the whole show. I didn't get chosen but baring this in mind, if I visited again I would plan where I was going to sit - somewhere I knew I definitely wouldn't be chosen. Having this happen distracted me from the rest of the show as I was anxious it was going to happen again (which it didn't). I would definitely visit again though even considering this.
    Very close to the stage! Right on the aisle so if you find that legroom is a little restricted, you can position yourself to use the aisle. Clear view of the stage, other than the conductor who can be a little distracting at times. Overall, a very good seat!
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    View from Stalls BB17
  • Charmainf 5ft 4" 84 reviews 8 helpful votes
    40% total rating Motown the Musical, 11th February 2016
    I attended on the first preview and was sad to say I was very disappointed. The songs were listed in the programme but some of them only had a line or two of them sang. Just when you thought it would get going, it didn't. The lighting was not creative and often the floor or back ground was very bland and sitting in the circle I could see all the stage markings on the stage. The story wasn't very clear in the first half and didn't get much better in the second half. Personally, I dislike shows that use a lot of back projection, I can go to the cinema for that, so this was something else I didn't like about it. One bonus was the fantastic costumes, although at times they too didn't seem to be considerate of making the performers look their best. If someone has bony shoulders, put them in a dress that concentrates on their good features not their bony shoulders. Having said all of that I cannot fault the performers, they have amazing voices and I commend them for their hard work...and I am glad I saw the show.
    Considering I'm someone who usually sits at the front of the stalls, I thought this was an excellent view and would definitely sit here again. The leg room wasn't massive but was ok. I could see the whole of the stage. I had to lean forward when one of the performers came down off the stage (I won't say anymore as I don't want to spoil it) and unfortunately I think people sitting behind me wouldn't have been able to see it at all. This was only for one song so didn't matter too much. Overall an excellent seat.
    B7 Royal Circle - Shaftesbury Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Royal Circle B7
  • Anonymous User 4118 reviews 548 helpful votes
    100% total rating Motown the Musical, 17th June 2016
    I've wanted to see this show for a really long time as I am studying it myself and provides really good evidence. I am a massive musical fan and have seen countless shows and I was actually in London for West End Live. I would not have seen the show had I not met the cast outside in the street! I can honestly say I was brought to tears of joy, excitement and happiness! There was not a dull moment of this show with all the glitter and absolutely incredible choreography. The songs had everyone out of their seats and dancing along and it was such a feel good show! I've been singing them since! The liveliness and stunning collaboration of the lights, music, sound and dance is an amazing tribute to such an inspirational time. It was breathtaking and absolutely fascinating and a fantastic way to honour such amazing artists.
    All of the stage was very clearly visible and there was plenty of room.
    G33 Royal Circle - Shaftesbury Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Royal Circle G33
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL SEATING PLAN
To really immerse yourself in that Motown sound sit central stalls or the front of the Royal circle.
Shaftesbury Theatre, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
STORY
Hot off the back of a successful stint on Broadway comes a new musical about the founding of the Motown record label and the stars and hits it created.

The book, by Motown founder Berry Gordy, is based on his memoirs and tells the inside story of the famous record label and the artists it made big, which included Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.

The feel good story begins with the celebration of Motown’s 25th anniversary. Then in a flash back we see Gordy as a child and follow him on his journey from feather weight boxer with just $800 borrowed from his family to founding the label and discovering its stars.

Featuring all your favourite hit’s from the Motown back catalogue including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I Want You Back,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “My Girl,” “Dancing in the Street” and “Stop In the Name of Love” played by an 18 piece orchestra and sung by a cast of talented performers. What better way to immerse yourself in that iconic Motown sound?

Founded in 1959 in Detroit Michigan, Motown, which gets its name from the fusion of the words motor and town, went on to change the American music scene forever. The distinct sound of soul/pop fusion took the world by storm and the label achieved phenomenal success with 79 records in the top 10 of the billboard hot 100 between 1960 and 1969.

This Tony nominated show has proved so popular it sparked a US National tour and returns to Broadway in Summer 2016. The show is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and features choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams and scenic design by David Korins.

Motown the musical had its West End premiere at the Shaftesbury Theatre, with previews having begun the 11th of February 2016.
SUITABLE FOR
This show is unmissable for Motown fans who will love getting the inside scoop on the label while hearing their favourite hits performed live with an orchestra. If you loved Memphis or The Commitments then you’re sure to find a lot to like about this show.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for ages 10+
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