Roddy Doyle’s best selling novel, The Commitments has been adapted into a full scale stage musical, and had its world premiere at the Palace Theatre in the Autumn of 2013.
The Commitments is set in Dublin in the 1980’s and is the tale of an band manager, Jimmy Rabbitte and a group of aspiring musicians who get together in the hope of forming a band. Jimmy wants to manage the world’s greatest soul band and, like a true businessman, he holds auditions at his parents’ house along in the hope of discovering musical talent. Unlike Jimmy’s soul idols such as Aretha Franklin and Ottis Reading, Jimmy finds himself with a group of white and weedy musicians. Hell bent on transforming the group into something great, Jimmy names the band “The Commitments” and together they attempt to head up an Irish soul revolution.
The Commitments includes the famous soul numbers “Mustang Sally”, “In the Midnight Hour” and “Try a Little Tenderness.”
The Commitments was also adapted into a film in 1991 which was voted as “the best Irish film of all time” in a 2005 poll a sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey. Like the film, the stage production of The Commitments is a close adaptation of the novel and hopes to secure similar popularity and success.
Dublin truly takes over London’s West End as The Commitments follows in the footsteps of successful Irish musical, Once, which opened at the Phoenix Theatre in April to a generally warm critical response.
The Commitments was written by Roddy Doyle and is directed by Jamie Lloyd, who has worked on a number of successful productions in the last few years including the sell out run of Macbeth starring James McAvoy at the Trafalgar Studios. His work on musical theatre was enjoyed at the Donmar Warehouse with critically acclaimed productions of ‘Passion’ and ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’. Set design for the show is by Soutra Gilmour, with Lighting Design by Jon Clark and Sound Design by Rory Madden. Ann Yee provides the choreography, alongside Alan Williams as Musical Supervisor and Arranger.
The cast for The Commitments includes: Killian Donnelly as Declan “Deco” Cuffe; Denis Grindel as Jimmy Rabbitte; Sean Kearns as Jimmy’s Da; Dean Faye as Andrew Linnie; Clodagh Long as Sharon; and Matthew Wycliffe, Ryan Gibb, John McLarno, Thomas Snowdon and Natalie Hope.
Show Lengths and Times
The Commitments opened for previews at the Palace Theatre from the 21st September with press night on 8th October 2013. Performances are Tuesday to Sunday evenings at 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 3pm. Sunday shows are at 2:30pm & 7pm. The show length is 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one interval.
Suitable for Children
The Commitments contains some adult themes and the occasional swear word, making it unsuitable for young children. Children over the age of 12 are welcome to enjoy the show if accompanied by an adult.
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