As rehearsals commence for the West End production of Motown the Musical, full casting is announced for the production led by Cedric Neal as Berry Gordy, Lucy St. Louis as Diana Ross, Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson and Sifiso Mazibuko as Marvin Gaye. They are joined by Keisha Amponsa Banson as Mary Wells, Cindy Belliot as Anna Gordy, Samuel Edwards as Jackie Wilson, Tanya Nicole Edwards as Florence Ballard, Portia Harry as Teena Marie, Aisha Jawando as Martha Reeves, Joshua Liburd as Eddie … [Read more...]
Shaftesbury Theatre London
Direct from a sensational run in Manchester — where it played to sold-out crowds and standing ovations — the new comedy musical MRS. DOUBTFIRE is ready to dazzle and delight the West End from 12 May 2023!
Out-of-work actor Daniel will do anything for his kids. After losing custody in a messy divorce, he creates the alter ego of Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire in a desperate attempt to stay in their lives. As his new character takes on a life of its own, Mrs. Doubtfire teaches Daniel more than he bargained for about how to be a father.
MRS. DOUBTFIRE has been created by a transatlantic team of award-winning artists, with a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, original music and lyrics by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick (the Tony Award-nominated team behind Something Rotten!, along with O’Farrell), direction by 4-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks (Hello, Dolly!), scenic design by David Korins (Hamilton), choreography by Lorin Latarro (Waitress), and music supervision by Ethan Popp (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical).
A hilarious and heartfelt story about holding onto your loved ones against all odds, MRS. DOUBTFIRE is the musical comedy we need right now.
210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP
Shaftesbury Theatre Seating Plan
Venue and Travel Information
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Tube Lines: Central, Northern
Directions from nearest tube: Turn right onto New Oxford Street (past the Dominion) for 200 metres, and then turn right onto Shaftesbury Avenue, where the venue will be on your left 100 metres down.
Railway Station: King’s Cross St Pancras
Bus Numbers: (Tottenham Court Road Station) 8, 29, 55, 134, 176, 242, 390; (Museum St) 1, 19, 25, 38, 98
Night Bus Numbers: (Tottenham Court Road Station) 134, 176, 242, 390, N8, N29, N35, N41, N55, N68, N98, N121, N253; (Museum St) 25, N1, N19, N38, N207
Car Park: Holborn, Selkirk House Museum Street
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Air conditioned, Bar, Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Toilets and Wheelchair accessible
The Shaftesbury Theatre
The venue was designed for the brothers Walter and Frederick Melville by Bertie Crewe and first opened on 26th December 1911 as The New Prince’s Theatre with a production of The Three Musketeers, and then became the Prince’s Theatre in 1914. It had a seating capacity of 2392 and a stage that had a width of 31 feet 10 inches and a depth of 31 feet.
Located near New Oxford Street the theatre was the last to be built in Shaftesbury Avenue. It had considerable success with an 18 week season of operas in 1919 by Gilbert and Sullivan, which were presented by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. These became frequent entertainment at the venue in the 1920s, interspersed with runs of productions transferred from other venues. The popular Basil Rathbone performed at the Prince’s Theatre in May 1933 when he played the role of Julian Beauclerc in a revival of Diplomacy. A revival of The Rose of Persia played at the theatre in 1935 with The D’Oyly Carte returning in 1942.
The theatre was bought by EMI in 1962 and was named the Shaftesbury Theatre the subsequent year. Broadway productions transferred to the theatre in the 1960s including the musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1962), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1963) and Little Me (1964).
Part of the ceiling collapsed on 20th July 1973, forcing the closure of the long-running musical Hair, after 1998 performances. The theatre almost fell victim to subsequent redevelopment, but a successful campaign by Equity resulted in the theatre being placed on the ‘Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest’, and in March 1974 the theatre was Grade II listed by English Heritage.
The theatre reopened with the musical West Side Story a year later. Shows in the 1980s included They’re Playing Our Song (1980) and Follies (1987). The 1990s included Kiss of the Spider Woman (1992), Eddie Izzard: Definite Article (1995) and the musical Rent (1998). During the redevelopment of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in the late 1990s, the theatre was used as an alternative venue for performances including Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan.
Further casting has been announced for the Tony Award-nominated Motown The Musical, which makes its West End debut in February 2016. The West End production is set to begin previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre from 11th February 2016, with a press night on 8th March 2016, and is currently booking until 22nd October 2016. The latest casting news sees the addition of Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson and Sifiso Mazibuko as Marvin Gaye. They join the previously announced cast of Cedric Neal … [Read more...]
Ever since I was quite young, I was fascinated by illusion. I remember the excitement of going to a magic show as a kid, and still to this day I can't help but get excited when I hear that a magician is about to feature on the telly. The Illusionists ticked all the boxes for a perfect illusion show. Through the use of seven illusionists, the show was funny, clever and magical all at once. Hosted by The Deductionist, Colin Cloud opened the show using numbers from random audience members and … [Read more...]
TV magician Ben Hanlin is set to make his West End debut this week, following the announcement that he will join the cast of THE ILLUSIONISTS - Witness The Impossible at the Shaftesbury Theatre. The Tricked star will perform on the London stage for the first time in the record-breaking touring show, which plays at the Shaftesbury Theatre from Saturday 14th November 2015 to Sunday 3rd January 2016. Press night is on Monday 16th November 2015. He is set to join the magical cast for a limited time … [Read more...]
The West End production of Motown the Musical, which opens at the Shaftesbury Theatre in February 2016, is to hold open casting auditions on Saturday 7th November 2015 for the chance to portray the roles of Marvin Gaye and Young Michael Jackson in the musical. Auditions for the role of Marvin Gaye will begin at 10:30am, with registration from 10am. Auditions for the role of Young Michael Jackson will begin at 2pm, with registration from 1:30pm. The open auditions will be at the Royal … [Read more...]