The Shaftesbury Theatre has hosted many musicals and plays. It is currently home to the smash Broadway hit, Motown the Musical. The show is performed by an 18-piece orchestra with over 50 Motown tracks like including “Dancing in the Street”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “I Heard It through the Grapevine” and “My Girl”.
Our guide below will give you all the information you need about the show, and will discuss the best ways to get Motown the Musical London tickets.
About the Show
After a Tony-nominated run on Broadway, Motown: The Musical was bound to create waves on West End. Inspired by Berry Gordy’s autobiography “To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown”, Motown London charts the ups and downs of the celebrated record producer’s personal and professional relationships with the legendary Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, and many more artists renowned for their stunning contribution to soul music. Since its opening in 2016 in the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre, Motown the Musical London has continued to successfully bring to life one of the most influential eras in music history. Also, here’s a handy link to the seat availability and real time prices for different seats/dates for Motown The Musical London on Headout.
Motown the Musical London: The Story
The musical tells the real-life story of Berry Gordy, who started with just $800 in the bank, and went from being a featherweight boxer to a heavyweight music mogul. The story begins in 1983 at the 25th anniversary celebrations of Motown Records, where some of the world's biggest recording stars are gathered. Berry Gordy refuses to join the reunion, still hurt that his protégés eventually abandoned him for greener pastures – in Diana Ross’s case, a $20 million offer from RCA records. Watch through flashbacks as Gordy's fame grows swiftly during the 1960s and his record label draws in names like Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and the Miracles.
Gordy made it his mission to unite America through music, despite the racial tensions present at the time, and went on to produce 110 top 10 hits from 1961 to 1971 as well as releasing three of Martin Luther King’s speeches. Starring Cedric Neal as Berry Gordy in his first West End production, watch and be inspired by Motown Records, the label that shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.
West End Performance
The Broadway production of Motown was nominated for a number of Tony Awards in 2013. The West End production of Motown the Musical recently celebrated its second birthday at Shaftesbury Theatre.
Motown the Musical Reviews
“The show moves beyond being a welcome nostalgia fest and becomes an urgent rallying cry for us all to rediscover our Motown mojo.”
– The Telegraph
“The music is so thrillingly and beautifully rendered, this jukebox trip down memory lane just can't fail.”
– The Stage
Know Before You Go
2 hours, 30 minutes
Suitable for ages 6 and up.
The Shaftesbury Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,400.
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
Motown the Musical London Tickets
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Have a look at the real-time seat availability and prices of different sections for Motown The Musical on West End. In the interactive seat-map, select the date that you would like to watch the show and check out the seats available for that day. You can filter the seats as per your desired price range and purchase tickets directly.
Shaftesbury Theatre - Motown The Musical Ticket Prices
Stalls: £57 - £169
Royal Circle: £52 - £169
Grand Circle: £25 - £53
Shaftesbury Theatre Seating Plan will help you find the best seats for Motown, The Musical London.
Motown, The Musical London Lottery, TKTS, Rush, Day Seats
Apart from getting tickets for Motown the Musical online, there are other ways to obtain West End tickets for cheap. In this guide, we help you find the best way to obtain tickets at discounted rates, by giving you details about each, specifically for Motown the Musical West End at Shaftesbury Theatre.
TKTS: The TKTS booth obtains its inventory directly from the theatre based on availability, and sells them for cheap.
Motown The Musical London TKTS
TKTS booths offer discounted tickets for certain shows, and can only be collected in person. Unlike New York, there is only one TKTS booth in all of London. You can check the availability of tickets for the show of your choice at the official TKTS website.
The website displays availability of tickets for the current day, along with the following two days. Motown the Musical TKTS tickets are usually available.
LOTTERY: The winner takes it all! You can try your luck to obtain tickets for a performance on the same day at discounted rates!
Motown The Musical London Lottery
Shaftesbury Theatre offers you the chance to try your luck and win tickets for Motown the Musical West End via its digital lottery.
By clicking on this link, you can apply for all performances over a two week period. The winners will be picked out 3-5 days before the day of the performance, and will be informed by e-mail. They will then be able to purchase a maximum of two tickets per person, for £15 each, within 24 hours.
DAY TICKETS: These are tickets that are made available at the theatre on the day of the show.
Motown The Musical London Day Seats
Day Seats are discounted tickets that are available for purchase, and to be used, on the same day at the theatre. Please note that the availability of tickets is based on the discretion of the Shaftesbury Theatre Box Office, and may not be available for all shows.
Motown the Musical Day Seats at the Shaftesbury Theatre are available for purchase as soon as the Box Office opens. Tickets cost £20 Monday-Thursday, and £25 on Fridays and Saturdays.
RUSH TICKETS: These are tickets that are made available at the theatre on the day of the show.
Motown The Musical London Rush Tickets
Using the TodayTix app, you can get rush tickets for Motown the Musical.
Before every performance, some tickets are made available for £25 each on a first-come first-served basis.
Q: Is there a way to purchase Motown the Musical London TKTS tickets online, instead of waiting in line at the TKTS booths?
A: Unfortunately, no. The only way to purchase tickets is in person at the TKTS booth in Leicester Square.
Q: Is there an age limit for the Motown the Musical London show?
A: The show is suitable for those of ages 6 and up.
Q: What time should I arrive at Shaftesbury Theatre London?
A: Doors open 45 minutes before show time. We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before curtain.
Q: Can I take photographs or videos of the show?
A: The use of cameras (still and video) and sound recorders is not allowed inside the theatre.
Q: What do I wear to the show?
A: There is no specific dress code. Formal attire is not required; semi formal or smart casual is recommended.
Q: Is there a possibility that I will get partial view seating if I purchase discounted Motown the Musical West End tickets?
A: When booking with Headout, you will get to select your specific seats, thus, ensuring you do not get stuck with partial view. However, if you opt to try and win lottery tickets, or purchase day seats, your seats will be allocated at the discretion of the Box Office, which can potentially mean partial view seating or split seats.