Motown the Musical Reviews - Shaftesbury Theatre

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Venue Information
Shaftesbury Theatre

Shaftesbury Theatre
210 Shaftesbury Avenue

Seating Plan


(5mins) Turn right onto New Oxford Street (past the Dominion) for 200 metres, and then turn right onto Shaftesbury Avenue, where the theatre will be on your left 100 metres down.

Show Information
Booking From: Friday, 25th January 2019
Booking Until: Saturday, 20th April 2019
Show Schedule
Mon: 7.30pm
Tue: 7.30pm
Wed: 7.30pm
Thu: 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Fri: 7.30pm
Sat: 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Review Summary
Average Rating: 4 out of 5 stars based on 111 review(s)


Latest Review: "I love Motown and always have. This was a birthday gift to myself. Did I enjoy it, yes, I did. Di..."

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    Monday, 26th Nov 2018 by Monica

I love Motown and always have. This was a birthday gift to myself. Did I enjoy it, yes, I did. Did I think it was great? No. I had read in many reviews that the seats were uncomfortable but they actually weren’t that bad at all. The box office was quick in picking up,tickets and I found myself in the second row of the stalls right up close. Berry Gordy was great as was little Michael Jackson. There was a huge amount of lip synching in some of the numbers, as I was up close I could see that they werent singing. Marvin Gaye stood out but there simply wasn’t enough of him. Many of the same people played different parts and it really looked like the costumes were done on the cheap. Overall I enjoyed it but 8 feel it could have been a lot better.

    Friday, 23rd Nov 2018 by Janice Evans

Saw the show for the first time in October and asked my husband and best friends to return for my birthday treat. A fabulous show with superb singing, dancing and band. I loved the story, at times thought provoking but a joyful and uplifting experience all round.

    Wednesday, 7th Nov 2018 by Tracey & Jean

We absolutely loved it from start to finish. I can't believe some reviewers were disappointed? It was none stop entertainment for our eyes and ears. We danced in our seats all the way through the show. The cast does an amazing job imitating the Motown greats, I was really impressed with their talent. Great night out!

    Saturday, 13th Oct 2018 by Kate Angus

Fun, exuberant, fascinating - we (my two friends and I) loved every minute of this show. The singing and dancing were great and the historical background added a dimension that was thought provoking and informative. We come to London once a year to meet up and see a show. This was one of the best, surpassed only by the Lion King and Singin' in the Rain.

    Saturday, 29th Sep 2018 by Jacqueline

I went with my 25 year old son who treated me. We are both fans of Motown music and we hadthe most abulous evening. I smiled through all the wonderful performances. Would thoroughly recommend.

    Friday, 24th Aug 2018 by Elaine

I was a bit disappointed in the Motown story. Too much story telling and not enough songs. Heavyweights like Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson were hardly featured and they were major players for Motown. I seen better Motown shows at my local theatre and a lot of the songs were truncated. It could have been a lot better. It was more or less the Berry Gordy/Diana Ross story.

    Friday, 1st Jun 2018 by Lkc

Really enjoyed this show.

We love Motown anyway but the story of Motown including the racism at the time were recounted well.

Great performances (especially Diana Ross and young Michael Jackson). Fabulous costumes, especially all the evening dresses worn by the supremes. Excellent staging.

Loved it! And would see it again.

    Sunday, 15th Apr 2018 by Tonda Saul

It was the best show I ever saw better then Vegas shows. The entire cast was excellent wonderful voices, especially the young boy that sang Michael. The music was sensational Motown at its best. The show truly captured an iconic time in music and history, it had liberal politics but that is what happen which was a part of history. No one of the boomer generation should miss this show! Very well done. I wanted to add I am a white person that enjoyed the true historic part.

    Thursday, 12th Apr 2018 by jhVirginia

I took my wife and family to the show last night and had a great time, We all thought the show was incredible !! I highly recommend.

    Thursday, 15th Mar 2018 by vanessa

i thought the show was amazing and the choice of songs were great too

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