Motown the Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre tickets
Motown the Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre tickets

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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 11 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.

Recommended for

This show is unmissable for Motown fans, who will love getting the inside scoop, whilst hearing their favourite hits performed live! If you loved Memphis or The Commitments then you’re sure to find a lot to like about this show.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 5+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (including 20 minute interval)
Opened: 11 Feb 2016
Press night: 08 Mar 2016
Booking from: 23 Jul 2019
Booking until: 20 Apr 2019

Location and map

Shaftesbury Theatre
210 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, WC2H 8DP

498 Reviews Add review

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... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 192 reviews, 10 helpful votes

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... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 192 reviews, 10 helpful votes

Great show with great music! Performances are excellent! During part of the show, 'Diana Ross' comes down into the audience and asks... More

z0esparkles 5"6, 43 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Motown incorporates a medley of well-loved hits, with fun choreography, exciting lights and staging, and talented performers. Most... More

AlexPhillips 171cm, 77 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This show starts off in high energy and the music of Motown is fabulous throughout. Many classics are played, although some of them... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 192 reviews, 10 helpful votes

I Loved this show, it's a bright, feelgood fun night out, fantastic for old or young, everyone seemed to know and love all the great... More

jonrhys 5' 11", 4 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A perfectly enjoyable jukebox musical, Motown is packed full of soul and funk classics from the 60s and 70s. There’s little story to... More

shaun 5"10, 146 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I love Motown music and was looking forward to seeing the songs from that era. However because there are so many great numbers, this... More

JennaA 5' 8", 2 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I like this show the more I see it. The vocals are brilliant and you can't fail to enjoy the sound of Motown live. Story is clear.... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 192 reviews, 10 helpful votes