Motown The MusicalDuration 2h40

Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, United Kingdom, WC2H 8DP

The Tony Award nominated hit Motown The Musical brings its tale of Motown founder Berry Gordy and the acts he discovered to the Shaftesbury Theatre.

The Broadway hit charts the story of how Gordy, with just $800 borrowed from his family, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of artists including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye.

Uncovering the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation, Motown The Musical features a score of 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, I Heard It Through The Grapevine and For Once In My Life.

The musical received its world premiere at New York’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in April 2013 and was followed by a US national tour that opened to critical acclaim in Chicago in spring 2014.

From 7 March 2017, the West End cast comprises Cedric Neal as Berry Gordy with Lucy St. Louis as Diana Ross, Obioma Ugoala as Smokey Robinson and Sifiso Mazibuko as Marvin Gaye.  Members of the ensemble play the roles of Eddie Kendricks, Jackie Wilson, Anna Gordy, Esther, Teena Marie, Florence Ballard, Martha Reeves, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Mary Wells, Mary Wilson and Stevie Wonder. The ensemble features Cameron Bernard Jones, Ryan Carter, KM Drew Boateng, Samuel Edwards, Dujonna Gift-Simms, Vanessa Fisher, Terique Jarrett, Cleopatra Joseph, Wilson Kiiru, Natasha Leaver, Brandon Lee Sears, Kieran McGinn, Simone Mistry-Palmer, Samuel Nicholas, Brianna Ogunbawo, Matt Overfield, Jay Perry, Timothy Quinlan, Simon Ray Harvey, Sharon Rose, Lawrence Rowe, Ashley Samuels, Carl Spencer, Richard Taylor Woods, Alex Thomas-Smith, Cherelle Williams, Michael Woolston-Thomas and Jayme-Lee Zanoncelli. Nana Ageyman-Bediako, 11 years old from Haringey, London, Raphael Higgins-Humes, 11 years old from Greenwich, London, Rio Myers, 10 years old from Lewisham, London and Tumo Reetsang, 12 years old from Southwark, London alternate the role of Young Michael Jackson. 

The production is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright with a book by Gordy.

Cast & Creatives

Cedric Neal, Lucy St. Louis, Charl Brown, Sifiso Mazibuko, Keisha Amponsa Banson, Cindy Belliot, Samuel Edwards, Tanya Nicole Edwards, Portia Harry, Aisha Jawando, Joshua Liburd, Simeon Montague, Cleopatra Rey, Brandon Lee Sears, Jordan Shaw, Cherelle Williams, Eshan Gopal, Kwame Kandekore, Joshua Tikare, Jay Bryce, Daniel Bailey, Edward Baruwa, Eddie Elliott, Christopher Fry, Alex Hammond, Edward Handoll, Simon Ray Harvey, Elias Hendricks, Brian James Leys, Jayde Nelson, Kieran McGinn, Simone Mistry Palmer, Carl Spencer, Marcel J Whyte
Charles Randolph-Wright
Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris, Berry Gordy & Adam Spiegel
Patricia Wilcox & Warren Adams
Lighting Designer
Natasha Katz
Set Designer
David Korins
Peter Hylenski

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Shaftesbury Theatre

210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, United Kingdom, WC2H 8DP
020 7379 5399
Nearest tube
Holborn/Tottenham Court Road/Covent Garden Approx. 400m
Nearest bus
8, 10, 14, 19, 22A, 22B, 24, 25, 29, 38, 40, 55, 73, 134, 176

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Access information

How to book
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Concessions vary according to the current production.
Limited mobility
Good legroom is available in row M of the Stalls - these seats are not suitable for ambulant disabled as these are down 22 steps. Low numbered Royal Circle seats have less steps.
Access description
The entrance to the theatre is made up of three sets of double, glass panelled doors with no step. The doors open towards you and there is a handle on each door. The Box Office isahead of you on the right hand side. The main entrance to the Stalls is through the first door on the right and straight down the stairs to the auditorium.
Hearing impaired
Infra-red system with 20 headsets and 15 neckloops. Collect from foyer sweet kiosk.
Guide dogs policy
Guide dogs allowed in the auditorium, or theatre staff can look after them.
Spaces for 4 wheelchairs in Boxes A and B (entrance approx. 73cm) which are down 3 steps off a corridor to the left of the box office. You will need help negotiating the steps. Transfer seating available to row A4 - 10 in the Royal Circle, the entrance to which is level from the foyer.
Women’s up 4 steps from the foyer and a men’s beyond this, 2 steps down off the Circle bar. Further toilets at back of Stalls and Grand Circle levels.
Disabled toilets
Adapted toilet adjacent to the Royal Circle and acessed through the door next to the Box Office, taking the first right followed by a sharp left.
5 licensed bars. Access information: Drinks may be taken into the auditorium. The Foyer bar is 4 steps up from the foyer. There are 2 bars at Royal Circle, one at Grand Circle and one at Stalls. There is limited seating.
This venue accepts Theatre Tokens