Opened: 11th February 2016

Booking period: 20th April 2019

Show Times: Monday-Saturday 19:30, Thursday & Saturday 15:00

Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Venue: Shaftesbury Theatre


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The Show

Motown is a jukebox musical by Berry Gordy, which is based on his autobiography ‘To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown’. Gordy founded the Motown record label on 12th January 1959, and, in doing so, defined the sound of the decade and gave life to some of the most loved and famed songs of all time. This show is the story of Gordy’s Motown record label and its music, his professional relationships with some of Motown’s most famous artists, as well as his personal one with Diana Ross. Gordy himself wrote the musical and it features over 40 classic Motown songs including, ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, ‘My Girl’, ‘Do You Love Me’, ‘Heard It Through the Grapevine’ and ‘Stop! In the Name of Love’.

Motown produced music from many famous singers and groups over time including: Mary Wells, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Commodores, The Supremes, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson 5.


The Cast

Leading and Supporting

Jay Perru as Barry Gordy

Natalie Kassanga as Diana Ross

David Albury as Smokey Robinson

Carl Spencer as Marvin Gaye

Young Michael Jackson, Berry Gordy and Stevie Wonder will be played by Nana Agyeman-bediako, Tumo Reetsang, and Cruz Lee-Ojo


Timothy Benjamin, Km Drew Boating, Chance Alexander-Burnett, Ryan Carter, Segun Fawole, Angela Marie Hurst, Cameron Bernard Jones, Cleopatra Joseph, Duane Lamonte, Mireia Mambo, Matt Overfield, Ainsley Hall Ricketts, Anna Van Ruiten, Nate Simpson, Cherelle Williams, Lashane Williams, Michael Woolston-Thomas, Jayme-Lee Zanoncelli, and Mitchell Zhangazha


Ricardo Castro, Amandla Elynah, Livvy Evans, Nathan Lorainey-Dineen, Adam Philpott, Jaime Tait, and Kyle Turner



Our reviewers gave Motown a ★★★ review describing it as having “…amazing songs but the plot is indecisive and therefore insubstantial.” To read the full review, click here.

Motown is showing at the Shaftesbury Theatre and it will end its West End run on 20th April 2019.  The Shaftesbury Theatre was opened in 1911 and was host to plays, musicals, and Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

The Shaftesbury Theatre is privately owned by the Theatre of Comedy Company so the best place to buy tickets for Motown is through the Shaftesbury Theatre website.  For more information about the Shaftesbury Theatre read our guide.