Palace Theatre, London
The Commitments - Palace Theatre, London
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The Commitments, the popular novel by Roddy Doyle that appeared on book shelves from 1987, gets a new lease of life in 2013 as a new stage musical begins a run at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End. The production is directed by the acclaimed Jamie Lloyd, who has been behind a wealth of west end shows over the years; including those as part of 2013’s Trafalgar Transformed season at Trafalgar Studios 1. Now he teams with Doyle himself, who is penning the book of the musical, to bring those in the capital the story of a group of unemployed men in Dublin who find unexpected success as a soul band.
Doyle’s novel was the first in his The Barrytown Trilogy and introduced audiences to the character of Jimmy Rabbite. Those with theatre tickets will see a live action version of this tale as Rabbite is recruited by Derek Scully and ‘Outspan’ Foster to manage them as musicians. The two of them have no idea how to make it on their own and Rabbite takes the necessary steps to transform them into The Commitments, a soul band that will gain unexpected heights before the end of the show.
Expect some recognisable soul hits as part of the musical numbers of The Commitments, in addition to some impressive choreography from Ann Yee.
Director Jamie Lloyd heads to the Palace Theatre on the back of a range of productions that have made him a highly sought-after talent. In 2013 he directed the Trafalgar Transformed season at Trafalgar Studios, which includes both Macbethwith James McAvoy and The Hothouse with John Simm. However, prior to that he directed various shows as the Associate Director of the Donmar Warehouse, with credits like Piaf, Passion and Inadmissible Evidence, with West End credits like The Comedy And The Collection at the Comedy Theatre (now the Harold Pinter Theatre) and Three Days of Rain at the Apollo Theatre. He is also well known for winning a Laurence Olivier Award for The Pride at the Royal Court Theatre in 2008.
The Commitments follows both Singin’ In The Rain, which ends its run in June 2013, and Derren Brown’s Infamous, which runs during the summer, at the Palace Theatre from Tuesday 8th October 2013 (with previews beginning on Saturday 21st September 2013).
Show & Venue InformationPalace Theatre
Saturday, 21 September 2013
Sunday, 01 November 2015
2h30min. Tuesday to Sunday at 7:30pm and Saturday & Sunday at 3pm