Memphis

Memphis Theatre breaks

About the show

Memphis is the rock ‘n’ roll musical that has taken America by storm. After winning numerous awards on Broadway, including the Tony Award for best musical, Memphis the Musical embarked on a giant tour of the US before landing in London. In this West End production, Beverley Knight takes on the role of Felicia, ensuring that this critically acclaimed show is given the vocal star it deserves. A stunning mix of writing, singing, dancing and acting talent has been assembled for the hit show of the year.

The story follows Huey Calhoun, a prospective DJ in 1950s Memphis. His love of the electrifying rock ‘n’ roll music which is taking the black working class by storm, and fuelling a thriving underground music scene, motivates Huey to become a DJ for local radio. Because he is white, he is given the opportunities that would be unavailable to the talented black musicians that he venerates. As the exciting new music is brought to a larger audience, a golden era of jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, and rhythm & blues takes hold in Tennessee , making the perfect setting for Huey’s romance to develop with his star singer Felicia. In a world of prejudice and resentment, can their relationship and their music blossom to its full potential?


What to expect from Memphis

After stunning performances in The Bodyguard, Beverley Knight will be guaranteed to bring the house down with her unbelievable vocal abilities, soulful renditions and poignant acting. The musical charts the early rise of many of the musical genres we take for granted, such as rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and boogie-woogie. African-American music is at the roots of the vast majority of Western music in the 20th century, and discovering these origins is not only insightful but is exciting and moving. As black Americans are still treated like second class citizens at this time, the show deals with serious issues, as well as providing a night of unforgettable entertainment. All of the various themes in Memphis the Musical are brought to life through a stunning soundtrack, performed by some of the most talented musical stars around.

You can book a trip to London to see Memphis the Musical, alongside one of our carefully selected hotels. TicketTree theatre breaks give you the opportunity to save money and take the hassle out of organising a London trip. You can book your Memphis theatre break online, or call and speak to our friendly staff. We are all based in the UK and there are no automated telephone menus or irksome hold queues.


Reviews of Memphis

"It boasts some of the most thrilling vocal work you’ll find on the London stage, in its roof-raising evocation of the birth of rock’n’ roll" - The Telegraph

"Beverley Knight is sensational in this dynamic musical. She’s soulful, poised and often thrilling in an entirely recast version of a show that despite cartoonish elements proved a hit on Broadway and won four Tony awards" - Evening Standard

"The singer combines charisma and power alongside a Sinatra-like Killian Donnelly in this exciting take on a key moment in pop history" - The Guardian

Interesting facts about Memphis

  • The lead character Huey Calhoun is loosely based on the real life DJs Dewey Phillips and, his contemporary, Alan Freed.
  • If you want to try-before-you-buy, Memphis: Live From Broadway is a 2011 film of the show in its entirety.

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Tips for booking a cheap Memphis Break

Discounted Gold tickets are available Monday-Friday once Memphis is out of previews, and are the best way to book cheap theatre breaks to see the show. On Saturdays and exclusion periods, generally speaking as central as possible is best for budget seats in the Grand Circle, though we’ve heard praise for wider seats at around row D.

Performances

Monday to Saturday @ 7.30pm
Wednesday & Saturday @ 2.30pm

Beverley Knight will NOT be performing all shows. Contact for more info.


Running time - 2 hrs 30 mins

Booking until - 31/10/2015

Shaftesbury Theatre

Shaftesbury AvenueLondon
WC2H

Nearest tube - Holborn

Seating information - The theatre is split into 3 tiers: the Stalls are at the ground level, with the Royal Circle on the 1st floor and the Grand Circle at the top.

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