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

24 Feb 2017

7:30PM
Saturday

25 Feb 2017

7:30PM
2:30PM
Monday

27 Feb 2017

7:30PM
Tuesday

28 Feb 2017

7:30PM
Wednesday

01 Mar 2017

7:30PM
Thursday

02 Mar 2017

7:30PM
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  • jamesatwill 178 male 35 reviews 1 helpful vote
    80% total rating Motown the Musical, 24th January 2017
    My friends who are huge Motown fans absolutely loved the show, and came out singing and dancing. I recognised most of the songs, but I'm not so knowledgeable on Motown, but I still had a really fun night. The performances were brilliant - the dancing was amazing, and the young Michael Jackson and Diana Ross were a joy to watch. This is definitely not a show you want to see by yourself though due to the audience participation - I'm glad I went with friends!
    This seat is not offset from the seats in front, meaning I had someone's head in my way for most of the show - I had to constantly lean to either side to see past them (the photo attached to this review was taken just below eye level, so you can see how much the person in front is blocking. If that person hadn't been there the view of the stage is fine. My friend sat to my left (H7) did not have this problem, as the seats in front of him were offset. The legroom was OK (it's better here than it is a few rows down)
    H6 Royal Circle - Shaftesbury Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Royal Circle H6
  • Anonymous User 4118 reviews 544 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
  • joc78 5"4 female 132 reviews 2 helpful votes
    60% total rating Motown the Musical, 25th January 2017
    Quite a cheesy juke-box musical. There must be nearly 50 Motown classics in this show – all sung to a very good standard. The show is however very thin on plot and storyline but it’s a real feelgood show and the boy who plays a young Michael Jackson is an absolute star!! Everybody was up on their feet dancing at the end and it was a real mixed bag of ages in the theatre which is always good to see!
    Sat in Stalls R7
    Very good seat to the right of the stage as you look at it. The raking is very good so you can see over the people who are in front of you. Quite a comfortable seat and good leg room.
    R7 Stalls - Shaftesbury Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls R7
  • Charmainf 5ft 4" 76 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.
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.
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