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Brian Gilligan in The Commitments at the Palace Theatre

Wednesday, 1st Oct 2014  

New Cast Members Join the Popular Musical in London’s West End

A new casting announcement has emerged regarding the popular production of The Commitments at the Palace Theatre. The show will welcome Brian Gilligan to the role of Deco (returning to the show following his stint playing Billy Mooney), with further new cast members including John Currivan, Sam Fordham and Anthony Hunt.

The show will continue to feature Natalie Hope, John McLArnon (both in new roles), Denis Grindel, Sarah O’Connor and Jessica Cervi.

The Commitments has been running at the Palace Theatre for almost a year, with the original announcement taking place earlier in 2013. Roddy Doyle adapts the show from his own work, which was the first in his so-called Barrytown Trilogy that began with novel in 1987. The other two parts of the trilogy include The Snapper and The Van, which were released in 1990 and 1991 respectively.

It tells the story of a group of musicians who hire the lead character of Jimmy Rabbite (Grindel) to help them make it to the top. Rabbite’s task is to transform their skills into something that will raise them to the top of the music scene, leading to the formation of the band The Commitments.

It is well known for its musical numbers, which have helped it to build up a positive response from audiences in the capital, and they includes the likes of You Keep Me Hangin’ On, I Can’t Turn You Loose, Mustang Sally, Try A Little Tenderness and Save Me, among others.

Brian Gilligan steps up to the role of Deco following his role as Billy Mooney from Tuesday 16th September 2014. His part in the production follows up numerous other shows in Ireland, with credits such as The Wizard Of Oz at the Helix DCU in Dublin, Anglo The Musical at the Dublin Olympia and Oklahoma! at the Dublin National Concert Hall, to name but a few.

Audiences can still pick up theatre tickets to witness The Commitments as it continues at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End. It is currently taking bookings for performances up to Wednesday 11th March 2015.

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