Motown the Musical

Broadway smash hit sensation, Motown: The Musical, arrives at the Shaftesbury Theatre in February 2016.

Motown is a rip-roaring jukebox musical with 66 cracking songs told through the memoirs of Berry Gordy. Stand out Motown tracks included in the show are “Aint No Mountain High Enough,” “All Night Long,” “I Heard It Through The Grape Vine,” and “My Girl.”
Booking until 24 February 2018

Box Office Contacts

Box Office:020 7379 5399
Access Booking:020 7379 5399
Group Booking:020 7379 5399
Stage Door:020 7379 3345

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The Shaftesbury Theatre opened on boxing day in 1911 with a production of The Three Musketeers. The building was known as the Prince’s Theatre until 1961, taking the name of the former nearby Shaftesbury Theatre which was destroyed by bomb blasts in World War Two.

In its early years, the Theatre was famed for housing Operas and Ballets including large scale performances of various Gilbert and Sullivan Operas, the Diaghilev Russian Ballet and a well received production of Funny Face (1928) starring Fred and Adele Astaire.

The mid 20th century saw successful productions of Broadway transfers such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1962) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1963). The most notorious production the Shaftsbury has seen in its history was a controversial production of Hair (1968) wherein nudity was thrust upon the London stage. Sadly the extremely successful run of the show stopped in its tracks just two shows before its 2000th performance as the ceiling of the Shaftesbury caved in.

Having fallen dark for two years following the cave in, the theatre was resurrected in 1975 with a production of West Side Story and had a good couple of decades following its reopening with productions of Follies (1987), Kiss of the Spider Woman and Rent (1998).

Hairspray: The Musical had a good run at the theatre from October 2007 – March 2010, followed by short runs of Flashdance (2010) and Derren Brown – Svengali (2011). The theatre then became home to the London Premier of Rock of Ages, which ran for around 16 months from September 2011.

Tim Rice and Bill Oakes’ latest musical, From Here to Eternity, opened at the Shaftesbury in October 2013, following three weeks of previews. The show ran for six months, before closing at the end of March 2014.

The Pajama Game ran at the Shaftesbury Theatre from the 2nd May 2014 for a strictly limited season, followed by Memphis starring Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly in October 2014.

Following a short run of magic show, The Illusionists (2015), Broadway sensation, Motown opens at the Shaftesbury in February 2016.


Past Shows

The Illusionists 100x150
The Illusionists
(closed 3 Jan 2016)
(closed 31 Oct 2015)
The Pajama Game 100x150
The Pajama Game
(closed 13 Sep 2014)

From Here to Eternity 100x150
From Here To Eternity
(closed 29 Mar 2014)
Rock of Ages
(closed 6 Jan 2013)
Burn The Floor
(closed 30 Nov -0001)