Motown The Musical

Musical which follows the legendary career of Berry Gordy and the creation of his musical empire, Motown Records.
Motown The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre

Image: Shaftesbury Theatre


Genre: Musical
Venue: Shaftesbury Theatre
Started: Thursday 11 February 2016
Closed: Saturday 20 April 2019
Running time:2 hrs 30 mins
Age suitability: Not available


The musical follows the legendary career of Berry Gordy and the creation of his musical empire, Motown Records.

The story begins in 1983 on the evening of the 25th anniversary celebration of Motown, and Berry is looking back on his career.

Inspired by his childhood hero, black American boxer Joe Louis, the young Berry dreams big, hoping one day to make people as happy and proud.

After a few years on Detroit's automobile assembly line he sets his sights on bringing a socially-charged, racially-divided country together with music.

With an $800 loan from his family, Berry founds a music making factory.

Motown is born!

Berry signs a series of ground-breaking artists including Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and more.

But with the Vietnam War looming and America at a cultural turning point, Berry realises the time has come to push for something bigger than he ever dreamed of, to make music that could get the whole world moving to the same beat.


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Postal address:
210 Shaftesbury Avenue
London WC2H 8DP

Box office tel: 020 7379 5399

Box office email: Send Mail

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Previews from:Thursday 11 February 2016

Press night:Tuesday 8 March 2016

Closes:Saturday 20 April 2019

Performance days & times


Monday ‑ 7‑30pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm



Thursday - 2-30pm

Saturday - 2-30pm



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Jay Perry - Berry Gordy

Natalie Kassanga - Diana Ross

David Albury - Smokey Robinson

Carl Spencer - Marvin Gaye

Kyle Turner - Swing

Jaime Tait - Swing

Adam Philpott - Swing/resident Director

Nathan Lorainey-Dineen - Swing

Ashley Daniels - Ensemble

Livvy Evans - Swing

Amandla Elynah - Swing

Ricardo Castro - Swing

Mitchell Zhangazha - Ensemble

Lashane Williams - Ensemble

Anna Van Ruiten - Ensemble

Nate Simpson - Ensemble

Mireia Mambo - Ensemble

Simeon Montague - Ensemble

Duane Lamonte - Ensemble

Angela Marie Hurst - Ensemble

Segun Fawole - Ensemble

Timothy Benjamin - Ensemble

Chanice Alexander-Burnett - Ensemble

Km Drew Boateng - Ensemble/Assistant Dance Captain

Ryan Carter - Ensemble

Cameron Bernard Jones - Ensemble/Dialect Coach

Cleopatra Joseph - Ensemble

Matt Overfield - Ensemble

Cherelle Williams - Ensemble

Michael Woolston-Thomas - Ensemble

Anush Hydros - Young Berry Gordy/Michael Jackson/Stevie Wonder

Cruz Lee-Ojo - Young Berry Gordy/Michael Jackson/Stevie Wonder

Jayden Smith - Young Berry Gordy/Michael Jackson/Stevie Wonder

Brando Velho - Young Berry Gordy/Michael Jackson/Stevie Wonder


Author: Berry Gordy
Composer: Various artists
Lyricist: Various artists
Director: Charles Randolph-Wright
Set designer: David Korins
Costume designer: Emilio Sosa
Musical direction: Gareth Weedon, Ethan Popp (supervisor, arranger, orchestrator)
Choreography: Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams
Lighting: Natasha Katz
Sound: Peter Hylenski
Projections: Daniel Brodie
Production: Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris, Berry Gordy and Adam Spiegel

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