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Motown the Musical announces West End closure

Anna Van Ruiten, Natalie Kassanga and Cherelle Williams as The Supremes, in Motown the Musical. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Motown the Musical [1] has announced its closure in the West End, after a three-year run.

The musical will close on April 20, 2019, ahead of major refurbishment work at the Shaftesbury Theatre, where it has played since February 2016.

A previously announced UK tour of the show begins in October of this year. [2]

The show charts the rise of music mogul Berry Gordy, who founded Motown, and features 50 tracks from the Motown back catalogue.

It has a book by Gordy, who co-produces the show in the West End alongside Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Adam Spiegel.

The production is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright.