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Shaftesbury Theatre (London, )
Holborn end of Shaftesbury Avenue


Monday: 7:30pm
Tuesday: 7:30pm
Wednesday: 7:30pm
Thursday: 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Friday: 7:30pm
Saturday: 2:30 and 7:30pm

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MOTOWN THE MUSICAL follows the legendary career of Berry Gordy and the creation of his musical empire, Motown Records. The story begins in 1983, on the evening of the 25th anniversary celebration of Motown, and Berry Gordy is looking back on his career. Inspired by his childhood hero, black American boxer Joe Louis, the young Berry dreams big, hoping one day to make people as happy and proud. After a few years on Detroit’s automobile assembly line he sets his sights on bringing a socially charged, racially divided country together with music. With an $800 loan from his family, Berry founds a music making factory. Motown is born!

Berry signs a series of groundbreaking artists including Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and more. But with the Vietnam War looming and America at a cultural turning point, Berry realises the time has come to push for something bigger than he ever dreamed of: to make music that could get the whole world moving to the same beat.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL tells the thrilling tale of the man who broke barriers and fought against the odds to define the sound of a generation – complete with the ups and downs of the personal relationships, the professional struggles, and – of course – the music that made history. Discover the story behind the beat that changed minds, touched lives and took the world by storm. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL shows how one label and its roster of legendary artists created the soundtrack that transformed America and gave the world a new musical vocabulary – the Motown Sound. With over 40 classic songs such as “My Girl”, “Stop! In The Name of Love”, “Dancing in the Street”, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, this explosive event is the next chapter of Motown’s incredible history – and an experience you’ll never forget.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Announces New West End CastMOTOWN THE MUSICAL Announces New West End Cast
by BWW News Desk - February 9, 2018

The hit West End production of Motown the Musical this weekend will celebrate its second birthday at the Shaftesbury Theatre and announces that from 6 March 2018 the West End cast will be led by Jay Perry as Berry Gordy, Natalie Kassanga as Diana Ross and Carl Spencer as Marvin Gaye. They join David Albury who continues in the role of Smokey Robinson. Cruz Lee-Ojo, 11 years old from Uxbridge also joins the Company to share the role of Young Michael Jackson, Berry Gordy and Stevie Wonder with Tumo Reetsang, 12 years old from Southwark, London. (more...)

Photo Flash: Mo Farah Boogies Down with MOTOWN on the West EndPhoto Flash: Mo Farah Boogies Down with MOTOWN on the West End
by BWW News Desk - August 21, 2017

 Last night (21 August 2017) the legendary British athlete Mo Farah met with the West End cast of Motown the Musical having watched the hit show at the Shaftesbury Theatre.  He met with the full company of actors including Cedric Neal who plays Berry Gordy (found of the iconic record label), Lucy St Louis who plays Diana Ross and Raphael Higgins-Humes who plays Young Michael Jackson.  (more...)

VIDEO: Callin' Out Around the World! MOTOWN Grooves at West End LiveVIDEO: Callin' Out Around the World! MOTOWN Grooves at West End Live
by Stage Tube - June 24, 2017

The West End's free outdoor extravaganza West End Live 2017 returns this Saturday and Sunday. Scroll down for a sneak peek! The stars of MOTOWN brought their beat to the outdoor concert series, check it out below! (more...)

Photo Flash: The Jacksons Join the West End Cast of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL on StagePhoto Flash: The Jacksons Join the West End Cast of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL on Stage
by BWW News Desk - June 16, 2017

Last night (15 June 2017) at the Shaftesbury Theatre Jackie and Tito Jackson surprised the audience as they joined the cast of Motown the Musical after a performance of the West End hit production. (more...)

Photo Flash: Brand-New Shots from West End's MOTOWN THE MUSICALPhoto Flash: Brand-New Shots from West End's MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - March 30, 2017

Motown the Musical, which recently celebrated its first birthday in London, is currently booking at the Shaftesbury Theatre to 24 February 2018. With music and lyrics from the Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, the production features a sixteen-piece orchestra playing 50 Motown tracks including Ain't No Mountain High Enough, I'll Be There, Dancing In The Street, Stop! In The Name Of Love, My Girl and I Heard It through the Grapevine. Charles Randolph-Wright's production tells the story behind the classic hits. Check out brand-new production shots below! (more...)

BWW Review: 'Dancing in the Street' with MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Old National CentreBWW Review: 'Dancing in the Street' with MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Old National Centre
by The Marriage Matinee - March 30, 2017

Imagine an era full of raw energy, vivid passion, and a thirst, drive, and talent that is unparalleled in American musical history. This vibrant scene is revived in Motown the Musical, an embodiment of a people's voice that speaks to the soul of America. It evokes its dreams and its drive, and the audience is not only a witness but a participant in this remembrance of a time when the sounds of pure talent were teeming from every radio. (more...)