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Beautiful : The Carole King Musical

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Closed August 5, 2017

"A likeable, zestful show."

The Independent

Why See Beautiful : The Carole King Musical?

Nominated for EIGHT Olivier Awards!

Tracing the career of Carole King, and endorsed by the beloved Grammy winner herself, Beautiful was the surprise feel good hit of 2014 in NYC, and now it makes the journey across the pond to bring King's story to UK audiences. London-born Katie Brayben created the lead role of Carole King for this production, an exciting and challenging role for the West End starlet who won a 2015 Olivier for her role. The part of Carole King is now being played by Cassidy Janson.

Featuring songs from her back catalogue, as a solo artist and co-writer, Beautiful revisits 'Uptown,' '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,' 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling' and 'You've Got a Friend', amongst many more, with touching grace, proving it's much more than just another jukebox musical.


Before rising to one of the 20th century's bestselling stars, plain Carol Klien was a talented teenager, living in Brooklyn and making music. But it's her co-writing, with husband Gerry Goffin that gets her noticed. Breaking through into the music business as a songwriter for some of the day's biggest artists, she discovers there is more to juggle whilst following her dreams. All is not what it seems with her fairy-tale life. It's only when we fall, that we learn to fly.

Lose yourself in the Tony winning Beautiful, and see the journey that led to finding her true voice and becoming the icon she is today.


'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow', penned with Goffin, was Carol's first Number One hit, when she was just 17!

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Previews from: 10 February 2015

Opening night: 24 February 2015


Suitable for audiences aged 11 and upwards

Run time

Two hours 30 minutes with a 15-minute interval

Cast and Creative


Cassidy Janson as Carole King
Matthew Seadon-Young as Gerry Goffin
Lorna Want as Cynthia Weil
Ian McIntosh as Barry Mann
Barbara Drennan as Genie Klein
Joseph Prouse as Don Kirshner


Gavin Alex, Georgie Ashford, Koko Basigara, Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Ashford Campbell, Natasha Cottriall, Michael Duke, Matthew Gonsalves, Portia Harry, Jammy Kasongo, Leigh Lothian and Earl R. Perkins, Derek Aidoo, Rosie Heath, Dominic Hodson, Emma Louise Jones, Jessica Joslin, Vicki Manser, David O’Mahony and Jaime Tait.


Book by Douglas McGrath
Directed by Mark Bruni
Choreographed by Josh Prince
Musical Direction by Jason Howland
Set Design by Derek McLane
Costume Design by Alejo Vietti
Lighting Design by Peter Kaczorowski
Sound Design by Brian Ronan
Wig and Hair Design by Charles G. LaPointe
Orchestrations and Music Arrangements by Steve Sidwell
Music Co-ordination by John Miller



Best Actress in a Musical - Katie Brayben
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical - Lorna Want

2014 Tony Awards

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical - Jessie Mueller
Best Sound Design of a Musical

2014 Drama Desk Award Wins

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Anika Larsen
Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical - Brian Ronan

What you thought

4 reviews, average rating: (4.8 Stars)

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Annie Constantinou: “Beg or borrow for a ticket”

What an amazing show! A really must go experience for anyone who loves... more

Kim: “Fantastic, moving show.”

Carole King helped me through my difficult late teen years, I played Tapestry... more

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