Beautiful - The Carole King Musical opened on Broadway in January 2014 and has since become one of Broadway's top-selling shows, and has been nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show then transferred to London and this smash hit is now playing at the Aldwych Theatre on the West End featuring the musical's original Broadway creative team.
It tells the untold story of the phenomenal yet insecure music legend Carole King from her days as a schoolgirl to her dazzling rise to chart-topping superstar. The musical explores King's marriage to song-writing partner Gerry Goffin and their lively competition with contemporary song-writing twosome Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
An icon of her generation, Carole King sold 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow', her first hit, when she was only seventeen. Her extraordinary musical talent is powerfully showcased in Beautiful - The Carole King Musical with songs by both King and Goffin and Mann and Weil given new life on stage with the help of a twelve-strong orchestra and twenty-six performers. This heartfelt show bursting with the songs that defined a generation is sure to be as popular in the UK as it is across the pond and tickets will sell out fast.
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical reviews
Was a really good show we had a great evening.
Fantastic performances from the entire cast. Was smiling from beginning to end. It brought back so many fond childhood memories!
Wonderful performance from all singers actors and dancers
The Carol King storyline and the music that covers this era of her life, was more than great, when taking into account a cast that was more than just ready to preform, but to give it their all. Definitely a show to be glad to say "Oh yes I've seen it"
Went with 15 year old granddaughter on recommendation of friend. We both enjoyed it hugely. I had not realised the extent of Carole's work, which provoked many nostalgic memories. Granddaughter was familiar with quite a few songs, even if she'd never heard of the singers/groups for whom they were originally written.
This is a finger clicking, toe tapping fun evening!
I am SO pleased I have seen this show! It had wonderful reviews and I thought it would stay on forever....in the event I have seen it one week before it is coming off! The show has humour, pathos, energy and, of very course, BEAUTIFUL music! Cassidy Janson was sensational as Carol! My only SMALL whinge is that I missed some of the dialogue because the actors spoke too quickly at times...in an American accent!
Went to see Beautiful with my mum as a birthday present. Amazingly managed to book second row seats less than a week before the show despite the theatre being full for the matinee. The Aldwych is a very nice theatre, lots of loos! and staff extremely helpful and pleasant. The show was stunning, - cast, song showcase, performances, clever staging and costume stages, and above all a moving and powerful storyline - I cannot speak highly enough of the entire show. Now only two weeks left on the West End before touring the UK. Catch it if you can!
As it is finishing soon it prompted us to see it as we had heard good reviews, very enjoyable, the cast worked really hard on a non stop show . Enjoyed all the music.
Went to see the show as a birthday present with my mum. Had front row seats, could've fallen in the orchestra pit. The show was wonderful. The leading lady fantastic, the cast outstanding. Cant say enough about this show. beautiful is totally brilliant.
Fantastic show wish i had seen it sooner.highly reccommend
Absolutely loved it again. Such a fabulous show and brilliant cast. Beautiful memories thank you
Beautiful, the Carol King Story is the best play I have ever atttended. The singing, acting and story line was wonderful. It certainly highlights the amazing career of our generations greatest song writer. A walk back in time through music!
What a wonderful, uplifting show. Amazing cast and lovely, intimate theatre. Would love to go again!
Fantastic,brilliant we had a super time,cast was amazing couldn't stop talking about it when I got home ,I would advise anyone who hasn't seen it,get out there and do it before it finishes on 5th August you will have the best time ever
So good. 10/10. A memorable evening, so glad I got to see it.
We saw it twice this summer and were blown away both times - can't recommend it highly enough! Fantastic music, brilliant set with clever set and costume changes, beautiful story about how a woman achieves (beyond) her dreams against all odds. Loved it!
Great entertainment. The musicality of the performers was breathtakingly good and the fun performances of the groups of the era added to the overall enjoyment. The balance of music, song and the story of Carol King worked well. The ever changing lighting effects of the sets was remarkably well done and definitely added to the overall very professional production.
Brilliant show, superb singing, shame its closing on West End but would recomend people see it when it starts touring round the country.
Fabulous from start to finish. Definitely recommend.
A truly memorable experience. Wonderful musical, the best I have seen to date.
I took my parents who are in their seventies and they loved it. Wonderful music and fantastic performances. Don't miss it.
Miss this show at your peril! Superlatives such as excellent and fantastic don't event come close to describing the excellence of this show! Yes, the earth moved...!
We were so impressed with the whole experience. Beautiful was a fantastic show with superb cast, music, costumes and scenery. A show to suit everyone and an uplifting experience, taking you through the full range of emotions. We left the theatre wanting more and can truly say it was a memorable experience.
A total joy! A fantastic tribute to Carole with an amazing cast. Would recommend to everyone.
Loved beautiful ...fast clever show brought the 60s back to life and it was one of the very best things I,be seen for a while...great singing and dancing too...have already told two friends to go.....
a much enjoyed g ,brilliant show glad I came to see it
Really enjoyed the show, great singing, and very entertaining
As a devotee of 60/70 music, this show is a wonderful example of how modern day presentations really highlight what was achieved in those decades as a forrunner of today's music. This should be compulsory for all students of music. Fantastic performance s by a talented cast.
Excellent production in every way, Highly recommend.
A really great show had an amazing. Time
"Beautiful" was a marvellous show which I have recommended to all my friends. The cast were talented and enthusiastic and brought to life in a wonderful fashion the great songs from eras gone by, written and usually performed by the peerless Carole King. A real treat!
Myself and my friends thoroughly enjoyed this show which boasts a touching story as well as some fantastic music. The cast were brilliant without exception.
Simply the best word to title the review. The whole show was superb. The music, singing and acting was first class and the scenery and props perfection.
We thoroughly enjoyed the show. It was entertaining, funny and sad.
Excellent show very uplifting!!
Yesterday my husband and I went to see Beautiful. Oh my gosh what a wonderful time. Fantastic show. Fantastic performers. Cannot praise it enough. Thank you thank you thank you. Do not hesitate in going to see this show you will not be disappointed
All four of us really loved Beautiful! See it before it is too late!!!!
Amazing, as the title says BEAUTIFUL
I loved this musical. I have been a fan of Carole King for many years and it was lovely to see her journey from hopeful teenager to international star. The quality of the actors was fantastic and the songs so good.
Loved the show. Fantastic singing, great dialogue and very entertaining.
Having waited many months for the opportunity to see Beautiful we finally did it on the 10/07/17 what a wonderful show, professional performance, very entertaining and a further insight into Carole King`s talent really the wait was truly worthwhile, catch it before it closes next month.Five Star show. Standing ovation well deserved.
One of the best shows I have seen of late. Entertaining from start to finish. A shame it is in its final weeks.
What a show. Loved it from start to finish. The cast are amazing and Cassidy is phenomenal!! It was a last minute booking while on holiday here. So glad we did!!!
Fantastic I dont think we have seen abattre show. It was like Carole King herself
A simple story of Carole King's songwriting career and relationship with Gerry Goffin. Well told, beautifully performed Very enjoyable. Very hot in the theatre though.
Went to see show last night and a first rate performance from a first rate cast. Thanks for a great evening and a special thanks to the Drifters !!
49 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DF
No refunds or exchanges available.
2 hours and 30 minutes with one 15 minute interval.
Good To Know
Please note bag searches will also be carried out on arrival, we recommend you leave extra time for this.
THEATRE Access and layout
- There are 5 steps leading up to the theatre foyer with handrails in place.
- The Stalls are accessed by 25 steps over 3 flights, which lead down from the theatre foyer to stalls front entrance. Once inside the stalls there is a 10 metre gentle incline from middle to rear stalls. Handrails are in place throughout
- The front of the Dress Circle is approximately 25 metres from the theatre foyer with step free access to Row C. Once inside the auditorium there are 22 steps from row A – M, 2 steps per row, with handrails in place. The rear of the Dress Circle can be accessed via 15 steps leading up from the theatre foyer, again with handrails in place.
- The Grand Circle entrance is located inside the theatre foyer approximately 15 metres from the main entrance. There are 50+ steps leading to the rear of the Grand Circle and once inside the auditorium, there are 24+ steps leading from the rear of the Grand Circle, Row L, to Row A at the front. Handrails are in place throughout. Due to the number of stairs we do not recommend Grand Circle seating to patrons with restricted mobility.
- The following seats have nothing directly in front giving full leg room, Stalls Row C1 & C21, Row J1-5, Row J19-23 and Row Z1-2.
- Please note Z1-4 are partially upholstered flip-down seats with a restricted view of the performance.
Suitable For Children
Suitable for audiences aged 11 and upwards.
When Can I Go
Thursday & Saturday: 2.30pm
Where Do I Go
49 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF
By Tube: Covent Garden (500m)
By Train: Charing Cross (900m)
By Bus: 1, 4, 11, 13, 15, 68, 98