Opened: 11th February 2016

Booking period: 5th January 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

Cedric Neal as Barry Gordy

Lucy St. Louis as Diana Ross

David Albury as Smokey Robinson

Kayi Ushe as Marvin Gaye

Young Michael Jackson, Berry Gordy and Stevie Wonder will be played by Nana Agyemanbediako, Raphael Higgin-Humes, Rio Myers and Tumo Reetsang


Km Drew Boateng, Ryan Carter, Samuel Edwards, Vanessa Fisher, Dujonna Gift-Simms, Simon Ray Harvey, Terique Jarrett, Cameron Bernard Jones, Cleopatra Joseph, Natasha Leaver, Samuel Nicholas, Matt Overfield, Jay Perry Timothy Quinlan, Sharon Rose, Lawrence Rowe, Ashley Samuals, Alex Thomas-Smith, Cherelle Williams, Michael Woolston-Thomas, and Jayme-Lee Zanoncelli


Wilson Kiiru, Kieran McGinn, Simone Mistry-Palmer, Brianna Ogunbawo, Brandon Lee Sears, Carl Spencer, and Richard Taylor Woods



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 is currently booking until 5th January 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.