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

Motown the Musical tickets from £23.00

Tickets from £23.00

Overview

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.

Recommended 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 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+

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 Nov 2017
Booking until: 05 Jan 2019

Next available performances

DateMatineeEvening
Thursday 23 Nov 2017--7:30pm
Friday 24 Nov 2017--7:30pm
Saturday 25 Nov 20172:30pm7:30pm
Monday 27 Nov 2017--7:30pm
Tuesday 28 Nov 2017--7:30pm
Wednesday 29 Nov 2017--7:30pm
Thursday 30 Nov 20172:30pm--

Location and map

Shaftesbury Theatre
210 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, WC2H 8DP

170 Reviews Add review

I've seen this show several times because it is a great show. It is the music that really makes it and the ladies get to wear some... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 126 reviews, 8 helpful votes

I've seen this show several times because it is a great show. It is the music that really makes it and the ladies get to wear some lovely sparkly dresses and outfits. The casts voices are incredible. There is a small section with audience participation in which I am not a fan of but otherwise everyone is up dancing at the end and you leave the theatre with a feel good factor. I recommend seeing it.

Charmainf 5ft 4", 126 reviews, 8 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", 126 reviews, 8 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 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.

Charmainf 5ft 4", 126 reviews, 8 helpful votes

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 the... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 126 reviews, 8 helpful votes

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.

Charmainf 5ft 4", 126 reviews, 8 helpful votes

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", 126 reviews, 8 helpful votes

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. Lots of songs are packed in this show but not the whole song so sometimes you think they are just getting going and they stop. Personally I don't like audience participation and I wish they wouldn't have it in the show. It's awkward being told to hold hands with the person next to you if you don't know them! Lovely feel good party atmosphere at the end though and I do recommend seeing this show.

Charmainf 5ft 4", 126 reviews, 8 helpful votes

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

z0esparkles 5"6, 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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.

z0esparkles 5"6, 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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 m... More

Anonymous User 4473 reviews, 563 helpful votes

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.

Anonymous User 4473 reviews, 563 helpful votes

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

Charmainf 5ft 4", 126 reviews, 8 helpful votes

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.

Charmainf 5ft 4", 126 reviews, 8 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, th... More

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

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.

JennaA 5' 8", 2 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 ... More

shaun 5"10, 55 reviews, 2 helpful votes

A perfectly enjoyable jukebox musical, Motown is packed full of soul and funk classics from the 60s and 70s. There’s little story to speak of, only tracking Berry Gordy’s success in founding the Motown label, and the resulting trials and tribulations. However, set to the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, there is some depth to be found and the struggles of black artists attempting to become successful in a white music industry. Snippets of songs are played in quick succession, meaning that even if Motown music isn’t quite your thing, things go at a such a fast paced that you shouldn’t get bored. Overall perfectly enjoyable but nothing that special.

shaun 5"10, 55 reviews, 2 helpful votes
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