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

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

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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

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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 - 3-00pm

Saturday - 3-00pm




From £20.35

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Cedric Neal - Berry Gordy

Lucy St Louis - Diana Ross

David Albury - Smokey Robinson

Kayi Ushe - Marvin Gaye

Dujonna Gift-simms - Ensemble

Simon Ray Harvey - Assistant Dance Captain / Ensemble

Terique Jarrett - Ensemble

Cameron Bernard Jones - Ensemble

Cleopatra Joseph - Ensemble

Wilson Kiiru - Swing

Nana Agyemanbediako - Young Berry/stevie/michael

Raphael Higgins-humes - Young Berry/stevie/michael

Rio Myers - Young Berry/stevie/michael

Tumo Reetsang - Young Berry/stevie/michael

Ashley Samuels - Ensemble

Brandon Lee Sears - Children's Captain/ Swing

Carl Spencer - Swing

Alex Thomas-smith - Ensemble

Cherelle Williams- Ensemble

Richard Taylor Woods - Swing

Michael Woolston-thomas - Ensemble

Jayme-lee Zanoncelli - Ensemble

Kieran Mcginn - Swing

Samuel Nicholas - Ensemble

Brianna Ogunbawo - Swing

Matt Overfield - Ensemble

Jay Perry - Ensemble

Timothy Quinlan - Ensemble

Sharon Rose - Ensemble

Lawrence Rowe - Ensemble

Km Drew Boateng - Ensemble

Ryan Carter - Ensemble

Samuel Edwards- Ensemble

Vanessa Fisher - Ensemble


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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