The Commitments - Palace Theatre

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Palace Theatre
109-113 Shaftesbury Avenue

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(5mins) Take Charing Cross Road until you reach the crossroads with Shaftesbury Avenue.

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Average Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars based on 102 review(s)


Latest Review: "Didn't enjoy this much. Couldn't understand the dialogue, lots of shouting and jumping around, th..."

Important Info: Please note that the front row of the Grand Circle have restricted leg room

Fresh from directing James McAvoy and John Simm in shows like Macbeth and The Hothouse at Trafalgar Studios 1, Jamie Lloyd turns his sight on the Palace Theatre, where he will direct a new stage production of the classic Roddy Doyle novel The Commitments. The musical will feature a book penned by Doyle himself, whilst music will fill the auditorium as the story of a group of unemployed Dubliners deciding to start a soul band transpires on the stage. It is not likely to be something that audiences will forget in a hurry.

Doyle’s 1987 novel introduces us to the character of Jimmy Rabbite, who is recruited by friends Derek Scully and ‘Outspan’ Foster to manage them as musicians. Scully and Foster do not know enough about music on their own and they rely on Rabbite to shape them into something that will attract great success. He begins by sacking their synth player and naming them The Commitment before deciding that soul music will be their calling card. Soon they have auditions and as time goes on we witness the band as they reach unexpected heights.

The novel was the first in Doyle’s The Barrytown Trilogy and those working behind the scenes are undoubtedly expecting big things as it finds new life in the West End.

Expect many soul hits with The Commitments as Lloyd directs from Doyle’s script, with choreographer Ann Yee ensuring that there will be plenty of spectacle to witness on the stage.

As mentioned, Jamie Lloyd has been busy at the Trafalgar Studios this year where he has been shepherding the plays that make up the Trafalgar Transformed season. However, he has a career that goes back many years, with productions appearing at locations like the Donmar Warehouse and beyond. His credits include Inadmissible Evidence, Polar Bears, The Olivier nominated Passion and Piaf at the Donmar Warehouse, The Duchess Of Malfi at the Old Vic Theatre, The Little Dog Laughed at the Garrick Theatre and Three Days Of Rain at the Apollo Theatre.

Following Derren Brown’s Infamous, which runs in the summer of 2013, The Commitments runs at the Palace Theatre from Tuesday 8th October 2013 (with preview beginning on Saturday 21st September 2013).

Show Information
Booking From: Saturday, 31st October 2015
Booking Until: Sunday, 1st November 2015
Important Info: Please note that the front row of the Grand Circle have restricted leg room
Show Status: production_closed
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