"Delightful American show"
-The Guardian-

"A thrilling musical"
-The Daily Telegraph-

"A joyous show"
-The Daily Mail-

Sorry, Memphis closed on 31 Oct 2015

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About the show

The Broadway sensation finally comes to London’s West End. Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical this long anticipated show stars soul diva Beverly Knight.

The show is loosely based on the true story of Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips who was one of the pioneering white DJ’s first to play black music on the radio. The show is set in segregated Memphis Tennessee in the 1950’s on the verge of the civil rights movement. In an underground dance club where Huey Calhoun, an aspiring white DJ with a love of rock and roll music, falls for Felicia Farrell, a talented black singer looking for her big break. His dream is to play the soul music he admires on the air waves and get it the audience it deserves whereas Felicia’s is to be a star. When the two come together her music can finally be heard by the world, but as their feelings turn to love will objections from their loved ones, personal ambitions and the prejudices of a world not ready for their love get in the way?

With a catchy soundtrack that includes such showstoppers as "The Music of My Soul" "Ain’t Nothing but a Kiss" and "Love Will Stand When All Else Fails" the show is a great night out.

Beverley Knight previously wowed audiences in her stage debut playing Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard musical. X-Factor winner Matt Cardle plays opposite Beverley as radio DJ Dewey Phillips.

Memphis features music and lyrics by David Bryan founding member of Bon Jovi and a book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change).

The energetic show that ran for 3 years on Broadway opened at The Shaftesbury on the 9th of October 2014.

Who Should See It?

Fans of rock and roll, soul music and star crossed lovers will love this lively new show.

Please be advised Memphis is suitable for ages 12 and up.



  • Tony Awards 2010: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Orchestrations.

Playing at

Shaftesbury Theatre
210 Shaftesbury Avenue
Seating Plan

Shaftesbury Theatre seating plan

Booking period

9th Oct 2014

23rd Sep 2020

31st Oct 2015

Running time

Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including an interval.


Recommended for 11+