Shaftesbury Theatre
210 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, WC2H 8DP
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Opened: 11 Feb 2016
Booking from: 23 Sep 2017
Booking until: 05 Jan 2019
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

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  • Charmainf 5ft 4" female 116 reviews 8 helpful votes
    80% total rating Motown the Musical, 24th August 2017
    Wasn't sure about this show when I saw it before but sitting close to the stage made me feel I was part of it and I really enjoyed it this time. It is of course all about the music. This cast have THE most amazing powerhouse vocals, they made their job look effortless which I'm sure it wasn't. I could easily listen to them more. You get to hear many of the iconic Motown songs, some only a line of two and some longer. Sometimes this was disappointing but with so many songs to choose from it must've been really difficult for the production team to decide which ones to put in or leave out. I'm not a fan of audience participation and this show asks you to hold the hands of the people next to you during one song which I found awkward. The girls get to wear some beautiful costumes. I came put buzzing and I've already booked to see this show again.
    For this show this seat is right next to the orchestra pit so you get a close up view of everything on stage, which was great. Seat was comfy, not a lot of leg room. At the end of the show you are so close to the cast it feels like you are part of the party!
    BB21 Stalls - Shaftesbury Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls BB21
  • JennaA 5' 8" female 2 reviews 1 helpful vote
    60% total rating Motown the Musical, 15th August 2017
    I love Motown music and was looking forward to seeing the songs from that era. However because there are so many great numbers, this show had to cram them in and some of them we didn't hear more than a line or two. With some others, like 'Mr Postman', I felt that the tempo had been sped up to get more of the song in. Best song for my money was 'My Girl' as we got the entire song. The acting and dancing did also seem quite amateur in parts (not every dancer was in sync with the others). My enjoyment of the show was probably lessened because the acoustics were unbelievably loud at times, which meant that even some songs I love did not come across so well. Overall this is worth seeing for the money I paid (£20) but I would feel short-changed if I'd paid £30 or more.
    I could see all of the stage, including some dance formations that I think people closer to the stage might have missed. However the acoustics from this seat were INCREDIBLY loud - uncomfortably so. The speakers face all seats in this row; so for a more ambient sound I would suggest getting a seat in row A, B or C of the Grand Circle.
    F26 Grand Circle - Shaftesbury Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Grand Circle F26
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  • Charmainf 5ft 4" female 116 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
  • 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!
    BB17 Stalls - Shaftesbury Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls BB17
To really immerse yourself in that Motown sound get tickets for central Ctalls or the front of the Royal circle.
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Hot off the back of a successful stint on Broadway where it became one of the hottest tickets in town, 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 performances having begun on the 11th of February 2016 at the start of a legendary West End run. This is a show not to be missed so make sure you get your Motown tickets now.
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 and should definitely make sure to get tickets. 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+