Motown The Musical artwork 2018, London

Motown The Musical at the Shaftesbury theatre

Shaftesbury Theatre, London
Booking to 20 April 2019
Not currently booking

Motown The Musical is the acclaimed Broadway show now playing at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre.

It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now a smash-hit show!

Motown The Musical tells the fascinating story behind the hits as Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack that changed America.

The production features a fifteen-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.

No other music has battered down barriers and changed lives more than Motown. 

Motown The Musical is currently booking until 20 April  2019 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London.


With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more.

Motown The Musical uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.


The cast is led by Jay Perry (Berry Gordy) with Natalie Kassanga (Diana Ross), David Albury (Smokey Robinson) and Carl Spencer (Marvin Gaye).

The ensemble features Chanice Alexandra-Burnett, KM Drew Boateng, Timothy Benjamin, Ryan Carter, Ricardo Castro, Amandla Elynah, Livvy Evans, Segun Fawole, Angela Marie Hurst, Cameron Bernard Jones, Cleopatra Joseph, Duane Lamonte, Nathan Lorainey-Dineen, Mireia Mambo, Matt Overfield, Adam Philpott, Ainsley Hall Ricketts, Lawrence Rowe, Nate Simpson, Jaime Tait, Kyle Turner, Anna Van Ruiten, Cherelle Williams, Lashane Williams, Michael Woolston-Thomas, Jayme-Lee Zanoncelli and Mitchell Zhangazha.


★★★★ A triumphant, lavish show. You may well see people dancing in the street – Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph
★★★★ Sleekly-designed..absolutely faultless – the ultimate jukebox musical – Mark Shenton, The Stage
The West End has never sounded so good – Heart FM
Motown arrives in the West End with the greatest soul pop music ever recorded – Dominic Maxwell, The Times
The irresistible songs deliver the best night out in London – Paul Phear, Smooth Radio

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 20 April 2019

Important Notes

Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Venue Information

Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP
Nearest Tube or Train: Holborn (Central line, Piccadilly line), Tottenham Court Road (Central line, Northern line), Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 8, 10, 14, 19, 22A, 22B, 24, 25, 29, 38, 40, 55, 73, 134, 176

Ticket Information

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News about Motown The Musical

Motown UK Tour / casting announced
Casting been announced for the UK and Ireland tour of Motown The Musical Edward Baruwa will play the leading role of ‘Berry Gordy’, Karis Anderson will play ‘Diana Ross’, Nathan Lewis will play ‘Smokey Robinson’ and Shak Gabbidon-Williams will play ‘Marvin Gaye’. Edward Baruwa’s previous West End credits include Motown the Musical, Les Misérables, Five Guys Named Moe and the UK Tour of Sister Act. Karis Anderson is best known as being one-third of pop band ‘Stooshe’ who celebrated a top five single ‘Black Heart’ in 2012 for which they received a nomination for Best British Single at the 2013 Brit Awards. Nathan Lewis makes his stage stage debut in Motown The Musical. He was a finalist on ITV’s The X Factor in 2016 as part of boyband ‘Five After Midnight’. Shak Gabbidon-William’s previous credits include ‘Young Simba’ in The Lion King in the West End and most recently starred as ‘Seaweed’ in the UK tour of “Hairspray”. The large ensemble includes Dayo Adeoye, Scott Armstrong, Simeon Beckett, Natalia Brown, Ethan Davis, Andrew Dillon, Akeem Ellis-Hyman, Christopher Gopaul, Daniel Haswell, Olivia Hibbert, Karis Jack, Michael Jeremiah, Amana Jones, Abz Kareem, Kane Matthews, DeeArna McClean, Matt Mills, Cordell Mosteller, Nicole Nyarambi, Spencer O’Brien, Perry O’Dea, Alex Okoampa, Reece Richards and Emma Robotham-Hunt The Tony nominated musical charts the rise of the legendary record label features a live 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 and tells the story behind the classic hits. Motown will open at Birmingham Alexandra Theatre on 11 October 2018 and will then tour across the UK until autumn 2019, visiting Leeds, Edinburgh, Bristol, Dublin, Manchester, Cardiff, Canterbury and Southampton. The West End production is currently booking until 20 April  2019 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London.
Motown The Musical announces full casting
Full casting has been announced for the hit Broadway show Motown the Musical which is led by Cedric Neal as Berry Gordy, Lucy St. Louis as Diana Ross, Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson and Sifiso Mazibuko as Marvin Gaye. They are joined by Keisha Amponsa Banson as Mary Wells, Cindy Belliot as Anna Gordy, Samuel Edwards as Jackie Wilson, Tanya Nicole Edwards as Florence Ballard, Portia Harry as Teena Marie, Aisha Jawando as Martha Reeves, Joshua Liburd as Eddie Kendricks, Simeon Montague as Jermaine Jackson, Cleopatra Rey as Gladys Knight, Brandon Lee Sears as Tito Jackson, Jordan Shaw as Stevie Wonder and Cherelle Williams as Mary Wilson. Eshan Gopal, 12 years old from London, 13 year old Kwame Kandekore from Leicester and 11 year old Joshua Tikare from Bromley will alternate the role of Young Michael Jackson. They are joined by swings and ensemble members 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 and Marcel J Whyte. Motown the Musical charts the amazing journey of Berry Gordy and the rise of Motown Records - the legendary record label that launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and in the process created the soundtrack of a generation Featuring 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. Motown the Musical plays from 11 February 2016 and is booking until 22 October 2016. BOOKING Book tickets to Motown the Musical
Casting update for Motown the Musical
Producers of Motown The Musical have announced further casting for the London bound production. Joining the previously announced Cedric Neal (Berry Gordy) and Lucy St. Louis (Diana Ross) are Charl Brown and Sifiso Mazibuko who will play Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye respectively. Charl Brown previously portrayed Smokey Robinson in the Broadway production earning a 2013 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. His previous theatre credits include the 2011 original cast of Broadway smash hit Sister Act, Jersey Boys on Broadway and Las Vegas, European tour of Hair, and the Off-Broadway production of Walmartopia, US tours of Dream Girls, The Wizz, A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chorus Line. Brown is currently travelling across the United States with his group The Doowop Project. Sifiso Mazibuko’s UK theatre credits include The Tempest for Flute Theatre, A Land Without People and The First Actress for Palindrome Productions, Hector at The Courtyard Theatre and Dancers performed in both London and New York. His American theatre credits include the theatre is a blank page produced by Anne Bogart, Ann Hamilton & the SITI company. Mazibuko also performed in Shaka Zulu the Musical at the State Theatre in South Africa, was part of the Asian Tour of African Footprint and was in Dreamgirls the Musical in South Africa. His film credits include Pretville. Also joining the cast are Keisha Amponsa Banson (Mary Wells), Cindy Belliot (Anna Gordy), Samuel Edwards (Jackie Wilson), Portia Harry (Teena Marie), Aisha Jawando (Martha Reeves), Joshua Liburd (Eddie Kendricks), Simeon Montague (Jermaine Jackson), Cleopatra Rey (Gladys Knight), Brandon Lee Sears (Tito Jackson), Jordan Shaw (Stevie Wonder), Cherelle Williams (Mary Wilson). The role of Young Michael Jackson will be played by 12 year old Eshan Gopal from Kingsbury, London, 13 year old Kwame Kandekore from Leicester and 11 year old Joshua Tikare from Bromley. Motown The Musical will begin previews from 11 February 2016, with press night on 8 March 2016 and is currently booking to 22 October 2016 at the Shaftesbury Theatre. BOOKING Book tickets to Motown the Musical
Lucy St. Louis and Cedric Neal to star in Motown The Musical
It was announced today at a special launch event that Lucy St. Louis and Cedric Neal will lead the cast of the West End production of Motown The Musical as Diana Ross and Berry Gordy. Lucy St. Louis is currently in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical and will appear in the upcoming Disney live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Her previous theatre credits including The Book of Mormon and Ragtime. Cedric Neal's theatre credits include Dreamgirls, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Friday Night Lights. Neil and St Louis will be joined on stage by Keisha Amponsa Banson (Mary Wells), Cherelle Williams (Mary Wilson), Cleopatra Rey (Gladys Knight), Cindy Belliot (Anna Gordy), Aisha Jawondo (Martha Reeves), Samuel Edwards (Jackie Wilson), Brandon Lee Sears (Tito Jackson), Joshua Liburd (Eddie Kendricks) and Simeon Montague (Jermaine Jackson). The launch event saw the hilarious Lenny Henry interview Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown The Musical director Charles Randolph-Wright and hit Broadway producer Kevin McCollum. Berry said some people were concerned about whether the UK had the talent to put on this show but there was numerous talented performers. With only a few hours of rehearsal and before the real rehearsals begin in November the audience were given a taste of what to expect from the hit Broadway show and it looks like it’s going to be a West End hit. The show, which follows the career of producer and songwriter Berry Gordy and the creation of Motown Records features over 40 classic Motown hits including "My Girl," "What's Going On," "Dancing in the Street," "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough”. Motown the Musical begins previews from 11 February 2016 and is booking until 22 October 2016 at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Booking Book tickets to Motown The Musical

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16 thoughts on “Motown The Musical at the Shaftesbury theatre”

  1. Me & my husband saw this on Broadway and it was fantastic. Have you got any dates yet when it will come to London? Thanks

  2. We will be flying into London in September 2015 hope it’s going to be on then I just can’t wait.Sad news about Jimmy Ruffing one of the Motown greats.

  3. Could you please inform me on this one ? Coming to Londen 24-26/2/15. Any chance to see Motown by then ?
    thank you

    1. Hi Diane, we are still waiting for confirmation of dates and venue for Motown, but it is definitely coming. Follow us to Twitter @westendtheatre to hear about when booking opens.

  4. Hi so excited for this one, cant wait for me and my family & colleague’s to see this one. Ive already stated that we will be wanting approx 200 tickets so you can imagine im checking all the time for when they go on sale…:)

  5. We want to know as soon as tickets come available as watched this in Broadway, fantastic musical look forward to seeing it in London!!! Many thanks natalie

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