Motown the Musical

Broadway's smash-hit sensation Motown the Musical plays at London's Shaftesbury Theatre to packed-out audiences. A rip-roaring jukebox musical, Motown features over fifty phenomenal hits including “Ain't No Mountain High Enough,” “All Night Long,” “I Heard It Through The Grape Vine,” and “My Girl.” Experience the Motown era live on stage, following the story of Berry Gordy, who founded the Motown label and talent including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and The Temptations.
Booking until 20 April 2019

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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Designed by prolific theatre architect Bertie Crewe, the Shaftesbury Theatre first opened in 1911 under the name of the New Prince’s Theatre, with a production of The Three Musketeers. In 1914, the building was renamed the Prince’s Theatre and housed several Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

Early productions at the venue included a well-received production of Funny Face (1928), starring Fred and Adele Astaire, Diplomacy (1933), starring Basil Rathbone, The Rose of Persia (1935), the ballet Carmen (1949), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1962) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1963-1964).

In 1973, part of the theatre ceiling fell down, forcing early closure of musical Hair, which had been running at the venue since 1968. Following repairs, the theatre reopened with a production of West Side Story (1974), followed by They’re Playing Our Song (1980-1982), Follies (1987-1989) and Out of Order (1990).

Subsequent productions included a series of musicals such as Kiss of the Spider Woman (1992-1993), starring Chita Rivera, Carousel (1993-1994), Eddie Izzard: Definite Article (1995), Tommy (1996-1997), Rent (1998) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (2003-2004), starring Amanda Holden and Maureen Lipman.

Since then, a variety of shows have graced the Shaftesbury Theatre stage, including Bat Boy: The Musical (2004-2005), Fame: The Musical (2007), Hairspray: The Musical (2007-2010), starring Michael Ball, Burn the Floor (2010), Flashdance (2010-2011) and Derren Brown – Svengali (2011).

Following this, the theatre became synonymous with hosting large-scale musicals, with revivals and premieres that included Rock of Ages (2011-2013), From Here to Eternity (2013-2014), The Pajama Game (2014-2015), Memphis (2014-2015), starring Beverley Knight and Matt Cardle, and The Illusionists (2015).

Broadway import Motown: The Musical opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2016 and has been entertaining audiences ever since.

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)