Motown The Musical (London)


Motown follows the story of Berry Gordy and the creation of Motown Records. The story begins on the evening of the 25th anniversary of the music records empire in 1983, with Berry reflecting upon his journey so far and career.
Berry recalls the times when he was a kid and dreamt of one day making people as happy and proud as his childhood hero, the boxer Joe Louis.

Having grown into a talented adult, inspired by his passion of music and with hopes of ending the racial division in the music industry, Berry borrowed $800 from his family, went from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye and many more.

Playing at the Shaftesbury Theatre and featuring an eighteen-piece live orchestra, playing 50 Motown tracks including "My Girl", "Dancing In The Street", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", Motown The Musical is a musical sensation with real soul - Book your tickets today!


2h45m (including interval)

Good To Know


There are 22 stairs from the front door entrance down to side of Stalls row L & M There are 24 stairs from the hall down to front Stalls, side of row B & C There are 15 stairs up from the back staircase of the Stalls.

Row M has extra leg room as there is a walkway between row L & M


There are 34 stairs from the disabled toilet up to the GC. Then 2 more steps per row. If you were to go to row J, at the back, it is an extra 23 stairs. Total of stairs from ground level (RC level) to back of GC is 57.


There are no stairs to the side of front row, and only a few steps to other rows.


Motown features all the greatest hits of the Motown era, including the ones by Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Diana Ross, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Mary Wells, Smokey Robinson, Martha & The Vandellas and much more!


Shaftesbury Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, LONDON

Additional Details & FAQ

Access Information

For Accessibility information please contact 020 7379 5399


Cancellation Policy

No refunds available after purchase.

How Does It Work

You will receive a confirmation email after booking to present to the box office on arrival.

Suitable For Children

Age restriction 11+

Where Do I Go

210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8DP
By Tube- Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Covent Garden
By Bus-1, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242

Who Can I Contact?

If you have any queries, please email

Critic Reviews

4.0(4 reviews)
  • The Telegraph

    Dec 7, 2017

    A triumphant, lavish show. You may well see people dancing in the street

  • The Stage

    Dec 7, 2017

    The music is so thrillingly and beautifully rendered, this jukebox trip down memory lane just can't fail.

  • The Times

    Dec 7, 2017

    What's not to like? A hit on Broadway, this chronicle-cum-celebration of Tamla Motown arrives in the West End complete with faithful and dynamic re-creations of some of the greatest pieces of soul pop ever recorded.

  • British Theatre

    Dec 7, 2017

    Motown breaks free of the normal constraints of a jukebox musical. It is a joyous, exuberant celebration of life, of challenge and ultimately of success.


4.7(50 reviews)
  • Danielle

    May 30, 2019

    A superb depiction of the Motown story

  • From the Fens

    May 2, 2019

    Before i booked the tickets i checked that you had a good hearing loop system as my partner is deaf in 1 ear and wears a hearing aid in the other. A very nice man (wish i taken his name) helped setting up device which worked well to start with then completely disappeared. At the interval he returned and helped in re-seating us so the the loop system worked perfectly for the second half which was then very enjoyable

  • Richard B (UK)

    Apr 26, 2019

    Family of four … youngest was 9. Absolutely loved the whole show !! It was fantastic !! Staging, cast, choreography and especially the singing ( obviously ) were all spot on. Highly recommend anyone to go and see.

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