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The Commitments

The Commitments Tickets

4.5/5 - based on 947 reviews
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About The Commitments

Performance Times
Mon - -
Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 15:00 19:30
Sun 14:30 19:00

The Commitments description

The Commitments – Roddy Doyle’s masterpiece takes to the stage

Back in 1987 the Irish Man Booker prizewinning author Roddy Doyle wrote The Commitments. It turned out to be a best seller and spawned a hugely popular Oscar nominated film in 1999 that’s delighted audiences ever since. The show is adapted from the book and makes its long-awaited premiere at London’s beautiful Palace Theatre from September 2013.

The Commitments- The story

Want to experience 'the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced'? This hilarious yet poignant tale tells the uncannily realistic story of a group of no-hoper Irish kids whose drab lives in Dublin are about to change in a big way. And it all happens because of their collective passion for soul music.

Beginning life as a spectacularly bad combo playing in a shop window, The Commitments transform into a band with a future with the help of the reasonably talented but unprofessional Jimmy Rabbitte, whose love of soul equals their own. He takes on the task of creating a real band, playing real soul music, and thus begins a compelling journey that’ll have you giggling in your seats and dancing in the aisles.

A genuine feel-good musical

A real feel-good show, The Commitments covers the band’s auditions, early catastrophically bad rehearsals and their considerable success, only marred by the quirky, awkward, argumentative natures of the band members, who never fully gel. It’s funny and sad, witty and off-beat and the dialogue is a proper feast of typical Dublinesque humour and self-effacing charm.

Things are looking good and the band are improving with every gig, becoming surprisingly popular. But The Commitments is a victim of its members’ collective eccentricity and things soon start to go wrong. Will their volatile relationships ruin everything they've worked for?

Wilson Pickett eat your heart out… his epic soul classic Mustang Sally, which also delighted audiences in The Blues Brothers, heads a song list that covers more cool tunes than you can shake a stick at, including soul floor-fillers like Take Me to the River, Chain of Fools, The Dark End of the Street, Try a Little Tenderness, Treat Her Right and more. Wonderful.

If you’re left wanting more, Roddy Doyle’s novels are a moving, amusing laugh a minute, just like the show, and include The Snapper, The Van and The Woman Who Walked Into Doors.

The Commitments theatre tickets – Food for the soul!

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The Commitments reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 947 reviews

What to expect:

Acting
Music
Costumes
Story
Lighting

Recommended for:

Anyone (61%)
Families (64%)
Teenagers (75%)
Couples (88%)
Theatregoers (86%)
Latest customer reviews
Annabel
Bliss

Just my favourite thing that's ever been on the West End. A joy. I'll miss it dearly.

Reviewed on 02 November 2015 by , Mitcham, United Kingdom

Deborah
Just s great laugh

Reviewed on 29 October 2015 by , Bolton, United Kingdom

david
Soulful

Reviewed on 27 October 2015 by , Burton On The Wolds, United Kingdom

terry
Fantastic experience

Best night out for ages! We had to leave early the theater staff were so helpful and moved us so we wouldn't have disturb lots of other people. Can't praise them enough.

Reviewed on 26 October 2015 by , Newark, United Kingdom

Tom
not to be missed funny whith hidden humour.singing Amazing

we purchased our tickets last minute as a second show while visiting London. it did not disappointed i loved the film back in the day and the musical is a must see before it goes off. Great end to the show the place was rocking!! Brilliant totatly Brilliant

Reviewed on 23 October 2015 by , Carluke, United Kingdom

Daniel
Dublin' Soul at his best !

Reviewed on 22 October 2015 by , Fleurus W-b, Belgium

neil
Awesome

Wow. Fantastic show full of energy and commitment from the whole cast. Fantastic music which the whole audience got up and danced too.

Reviewed on 22 October 2015 by , Bognor Regis, United Kingdom

sarah
Fantastic

Reviewed on 19 October 2015 by , Suffolk, United Kingdom

Karen
Fantastic - best show

Fantastic show for teenagers up, full of laughs, fantastic music!

Reviewed on 19 October 2015 by , Halstead, United Kingdom

Chris
Committments is fantastic

Simply superb entertainment. Great music, great acting and a creative set. Just a great night out.

Reviewed on 17 October 2015 by , St Ives, United Kingdom

Sharon
Amazing

Wonderful atmosphere

Reviewed on 15 October 2015 by , Wakefield, United Kingdom

Yvonne
Vibrant colourful and fun

Reviewed on 15 October 2015 by , Buderim, Australia

Jenna
Incredible!!

Reviewed on 13 October 2015 by , Chesterfield, United Kingdom

Keith
Great tunes

Reviewed on 11 October 2015 by , Whitchurch, United Kingdom

Daniel
Brilliant!

Funny. Great music. Loved it.

Reviewed on 11 October 2015 by , Shenfield, United Kingdom

Nicole
Really fun and music was great.

Any one who loves music and comedy this is for you, great show loved it.

Reviewed on 06 October 2015 by , Streatham, United Kingdom

Julia
Good up tempo show

Reviewed on 06 October 2015 by , Devizes, United Kingdom

mark
fun and entertaining

Reviewed on 06 October 2015 by , Meopham, United Kingdom

Marta
Soul at its best

Reviewed on 05 October 2015 by , London, United Kingdom

Christopher
Fantastic, a must see for a good ol dance

Reviewed on 04 October 2015 by , Cumbernauld, United Kingdom

Lesley

Excellent show music and acting very good as well as fun.

Reviewed on 04 October 2015 by , Chatteris, United Kingdom

Colette
Great Show

Great sing along show. Singers have powerful voices. Nostalgic and funny.

Reviewed on 04 October 2015 by , Colchester, United Kingdom

Angela
Overpriced.

Good acting and musicianship; the cast have obvious talent. But somehow this lacked engagement. I think the majority of the audience would disagree but we have seen better shows for less in London. On the plus side the set is extremely clever and is used to great effect during the performance.

Reviewed on 04 October 2015 by , Newbigging, United Kingdom

Amanda
Fantastic

Reviewed on 03 October 2015 by , Warwick, United Kingdom

Stuart
Must see!!!

Great show!! Although they did have a slight problem with the guy that played billy (drummer) and had to stop show just after the interval but they replaced him and carried on the show. Absolute fabulous show!! It has a wee bit of everything from comedy to dancing to singing. It's simply a must see!!!!

Reviewed on 03 October 2015 by , Glasgow, United Kingdom

Tamsin

Ver disappointing. If you are a fan of the film don't bother with the show as it did not crossover well at all.

Reviewed on 03 October 2015 by , Thorpe Lie Soken, United Kingdom

John
Classic

Anniversary night out which we both throughly enjoyed

Reviewed on 02 October 2015 by , Birmingham, United Kingdom

Tina
Brilliant fun

Amazing fun. Great acting. Brilliant voices. Loved every minute.

Reviewed on 01 October 2015 by , Birmingham, United Kingdom

Kevin
Sorry but didnt like it :-(

Having been a big fan of the film and word of mouth reviews sounding good I went along with high hopes but I just couldn't connect to show until the last 15 - 20 mins when the music really took over. It all felt abit like a 6 form play like to me . Sorry but Memphis is still the strongest musical at the mo for me.

Reviewed on 01 October 2015 by , Sevenoaks, United Kingdom

Martin
Fantastic music with irish banter!

This show is fantastic, good music, acting and story line. Irate this show 10/10

Reviewed on 29 September 2015 by , Derby, United Kingdom

Nicola
Great show

I felt this show was a little slow at first,having seen the film the show it did have a lot live up to. I can't fault the music and the cast were excellent . I particularly enjoyed the 'concert' at the end. Having gone with my husband who really doesn't 'do' theatre and my 14 year old daughter,I was really pleased that they both really enjoyed the show. We also got upgraded free of charge from the balcony to row I which was an excellent surprise. Unfortunately it was because they'd closed the balcony for the night. Not good bearing in mind this was a Saturday night!

Reviewed on 28 September 2015 by , Rotherham, United Kingdom

Caitlin
Great music

Reviewed on 28 September 2015 by , Leyton, United Kingdom

Janine
Fantastic!!

Fab night and fab show!! Highly recommended for the sort who love to be up out of their seats dancing and singing!! Brilliant!

Reviewed on 28 September 2015 by , Sittingbourne, United Kingdom

Sharon
Why did we wait so long to see it?

What a fabulous show, would definitely see it again. the singing was spot on and the acting great. One word of caution, I wouldn't take children under 14 to see the show because of the language.

Reviewed on 27 September 2015 by , Nuneaton, United Kingdom

diane
awful!

Reviewed on 27 September 2015 by , Kirkby Overblow, United Kingdom

Margaret

Really enjoyed this show. i would recommend the show to others.

Reviewed on 22 September 2015 by , Morecambe, United Kingdom

Terry

Poor acting. Average musicians, very poor vocals.

Reviewed on 22 September 2015 by , Mosman, Australia

Michal
Nice show

Reviewed on 21 September 2015 by , Cambridge, United Kingdom

rachel
entertaining

Reviewed on 21 September 2015 by , Skelton, Saltburn, United Kingdom

Allan
Slow start - terrific finish.

Overcooked problems between group members made for a poor story but saved by some terrific performances - by all the cast, especially the male lead singer - in the last quarter.

Reviewed on 21 September 2015 by , Happy Valley, Hong Kong

Joanne
Great soundtrack

We were disappointed that there wasn't more of a balance between music and the story. One liners were fewer than expected and the show didn't seem to capture the essence of the original film. Mamma Mia on the other hand was brilliant in every way

Reviewed on 21 September 2015 by , Glossop, United Kingdom

malcolm
Better than the film !

Reviewed on 21 September 2015 by , Maulden, United Kingdom

Robert
FantastiC!

Reviewed on 20 September 2015 by , Harlow, United Kingdom

Karen
Amazing energy

Reviewed on 20 September 2015 by , Beverley, United Kingdom

Debra
Disappointing

Main singer was fantastic. Found the rest chaotic and vet stilted

Reviewed on 20 September 2015 by , Sandton, South Africa

Susie
Great show

You must see !!!!!

Reviewed on 19 September 2015 by , Linlithgow, United Kingdom

James
Excellent music and acting

Very good show, well sung and acted probably less swearing than film.

Reviewed on 18 September 2015 by , Helensburgh, United Kingdom

Rebecca
More energy than nuclear fusion!

I enjoyed this performance very much. The actors put their absolute all (I mean every last drop, nothing left) in to this performance and it showed. The main actor, although somewhat oddly quirkier at times, was an outstanding singer, to look at him you wouldn't think he was the main character and he wasn't meant to be really, the band manager is the main character, but this guy was something else! Whatever he had for breakfast; I want it! The story was loose, poor and fairly protracted, but the singing more than made up for it. Think songs a story is fabricated around, not a story with music added. The audience was a challenge; on a Thursday night everyone seemed pretty tired, but these guys did not give up, squeezing out every morsel of enthusiasm. Be warned, the lights will blind you and get very annoying towards the end, you need a pair of sunglasses! I would recommend to people, definitely. Go, on a Friday or Saturday night, with your mates and have a couple of glasses of wine so you have the Dutch courage to sing and dance in the aisles and you will have a ball!

Reviewed on 18 September 2015 by , London, United Kingdom

Andrea
Entertainjng

Enjoyed the film and soundtrack so decided to see the show for husbands 50th. Good all rounder and had a laugh!

Reviewed on 17 September 2015 by , Hartlepool, United Kingdom

Mats
Must to see

Fantastc show , voices amaizing The tempo was great

Reviewed on 17 September 2015 by , Uddevalla, Sweden

Adam
Enjoyable

Reviewed on 14 September 2015 by , Southend On Sea, United Kingdom

Michelle
Great fun! Will have you dancing in the aisles!

If you like the film then you will love this. All the classic songs plus some new ones. Lots of swearing so probably not appropriate for young kids. Great singers too!

Reviewed on 14 September 2015 by , Worthing, United Kingdom

colin
Better than the film and the film was brilliant

Amazing! The whole theatre was on their feet dancing near the end. Genuine standing ovation.

Reviewed on 13 September 2015 by , Crawley, United Kingdom

judith

The temperature in the first three rows was unbearable. Very hot and spoiled the evening. Not just for me. But many people around us.

Reviewed on 13 September 2015 by , Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom

Christine
Distasteful

This is the worst show we've ever been to. Left at the interval. Found it tacky, unprofessional and felt very uncomfortable being at the front. We've been to many shows in London and most musicals, which we love but this was a huge disappointment. I wouldn't recommend this show to anyone.

Reviewed on 06 September 2015 by , Northampton, United Kingdom

chris
Excellent night out, great show, great actors great music, just brilliant!

Very good show excellent all round, music, acting, singing everything you could want! Beware of restricted view seats they do not tell you until you are there that it's a pillar restricting your View!! Would of been nice to know

Reviewed on 06 September 2015 by

ADRIAN
Pure Soul

It's a fresh version with new songs and the songs everybody sings.

Reviewed on 06 September 2015 by , Montevideo, Uruguay

Amanda
Great show

Great take on the original story, remember the first part tells the story and is not a concert of the music. Good imaginative use of the stage.

Reviewed on 31 August 2015 by , Grantham, United Kingdom

Vanessa
So much fun

Took my mum and we both just had lots of fun. Lots of laughs! Some cringe worthy. Great actors and singers that gave a lot of energy!

Reviewed on 31 August 2015 by , Wembley, United Kingdom

patrick
A touching story with lots of humour

Reviewed on 30 August 2015 by , Johannesburg, South Africa

Kathryne
Terrific voices, toe tapping from start to finish

Loved this show. Cast were brilliant, voices were exceptional a real feel good toe tapping show from start to finish.

Reviewed on 30 August 2015 by , Hornchurch, United Kingdom

George
Good cast, connected well with the audience

Reviewed on 30 August 2015 by , Royston, United Kingdom

John
Great musical romp

Clever stagecraft allowed a good story line to flourish but it was the music that made the evening. Good music performed by energetic and committed artists who gave their all. Great night out if you want to tap your feet and clap your hands - great fun.

Reviewed on 28 August 2015 by , Salisbury, United Kingdom

n
best way to spend a Sunday afternoon

Reviewed on 28 August 2015 by , Braintree, United Kingdom

Darren
Excellent show funny good music and enjoyable show

Reviewed on 24 August 2015 by , Nottingham, United Kingdom

Darren
Brilliant Night Out

For anyone who enjoyed the film or is a lover of classic songs , if you're in London don't leave without seeing The Commitments . Well written and performed , takes you back to a time when music was great with energy and humour

Reviewed on 24 August 2015 by , Glenrothes, United Kingdom

Lee
Fantastic music and done very well.

Reviewed on 22 August 2015 by , York, United Kingdom

barbara
A must see!

Reviewed on 17 August 2015 by , Roma, Italy

Patrick
Fun

Reviewed on 17 August 2015 by , Stroud, United Kingdom

helen
Lively and funny

Amazing shoe with great music, great humour and lots of action.

Reviewed on 17 August 2015 by , Kettering, United Kingdom

Jaz
Excellent production !

Reviewed on 17 August 2015 by , Derby, United Kingdom

Lynn
Excellent show not to be missed

I have seen a lot of shows in London with girl friends.biut went to this show with my husband. He really enjoyed it and now wants to come to every one. The actors where amazing and really put there hearts and soul into making the audience enjoy and partisipate in the show. I would rate this show as excellent and a must see show, we where on our feet clapping and singing along.

Reviewed on 16 August 2015 by , Hull, United Kingdom

carole
great night out

Reviewed on 16 August 2015 by , Sidcup, United Kingdom

REGINA
Wedding anniversary

Walking back on memory lane Very enjoyable

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by , Denham, United Kingdom

Meta
What a party!

Reviewed on 12 August 2015 by , Houten, Netherlands

Kate
Nostalgia trip that doesn't deliver

Sadly a poor relation to the film. Lacked the authentic urgency and bite of the original story. Lacklustre.

Reviewed on 11 August 2015 by , Brough, United Kingdom

Harel
Good, good, good

My wife and I have enjoyed this show while visiting London last week. It's been a great intermission to the many attractions - great music, great setting, and overall a great experience.

Reviewed on 11 August 2015 by , Givat Shmuel, Israel

janet
Vibrant Saturday night show

This was an amazing show which also had a good story to it. Lots of brilliant soul music and room to dance at the front !

Reviewed on 11 August 2015 by , Nottingham, United Kingdom

Josephine
Excellent, Got me dancing and left me feeling like jumping onto the stage and dancing

Choose a seat close to stage. Relax and go with the flow since it works better if you engage with the production. Not for the conservative and people offended by swearing.

Reviewed on 09 August 2015 by , Birmingham, United Kingdom

Anne
A must see for music lovers especially soul fans, loved it and I am a soul fan KTF

Loved the experience some very talented singers and actors with an easy to follow storyline, great choice of some foot tapping classics

Reviewed on 06 August 2015 by , Manchester, United Kingdom

Jane
Great performance

I went to this show with my daughter, we both enjoyed the show it was well performed it had good humour and the cast were fantastic singers. We even had a little dance at the end The price was great. You should go and see it defo

Reviewed on 06 August 2015 by , Whitley Bay, United Kingdom

david
80s lovers dream

Reviewed on 06 August 2015 by , Dudley, United Kingdom

Sian
Excellent. Talented.

Reviewed on 05 August 2015 by , Newstead, Australia

Bartosz
good fun, irish spirit

Reviewed on 04 August 2015 by , Suchy Las, Poland

wendy
Feel good show.

Good music and good energy. Very enjoyable.

Reviewed on 03 August 2015 by , Rotherham, United Kingdom

David
My favourite film live on stage.

The Committments is a fantastic musical coupled with great humour. Garanteed foot-tapping fun.

Reviewed on 03 August 2015 by , Southampton, United Kingdom

John
very good

Reviewed on 03 August 2015 by , Maidstone, United Kingdom

shelley
Fun, fab music, funny and energetic!

Little bit of swearing which absolutely did not offend. Slight rudeness, but very funny with it.

Reviewed on 03 August 2015 by , Chipping Norton, United Kingdom

Sergio
Excellent quality of actor/singers!

What an excellent performs! Funny, good quality of music and a good entertainment...the times flying without you notice. Special spotlight over the main singer actor that perform Deco and the girls.

Reviewed on 03 August 2015 by , London, United Kingdom

Shirley
Clever, chaotic, creative

Saw the show with my daughter who can be an observant Critic. We both loved it, characters were brought to life, great story, music and singing.

Reviewed on 02 August 2015 by , Sevenoaks, United Kingdom

russell
lively and soulful

Fast moving and easy to follow with great songs.

Reviewed on 01 August 2015 by , Derby, United Kingdom

Gary
Fantastic Commitments

Loved the show from start to finish clever stage props and great all round performers makes this show a must. Could'nt stop smiling though out. Brilliant.

Reviewed on 01 August 2015 by , Hartlepool, United Kingdom

Bev
Brilliant Entertainment at its best

The Music is full on from start to finish. Excellent singers/actors, so entertaining & very engaging. This show is a must see!!

Reviewed on 30 July 2015 by , St Leonards On Sea, United Kingdom

Cheryl
High energy brilliance!

Loved it! Quite a lot of swearing and rude references but all in good fun!

Reviewed on 30 July 2015 by , Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom

Nicola
Dancing shoes required!

Reviewed on 29 July 2015 by , Spaldwick, United Kingdom

Nicola
Bring your dancing shoes!!

The show is funny, the performers are very talented - don't seat yourself higher than the Grand Circle or your view will be restricted.

Reviewed on 29 July 2015 by , Norwich, United Kingdom

Noelene
Really enjoyable

Found the first act slow to develop but from interval onwards the performances were brilliant. My only negative is that the sound was too loud.

Reviewed on 29 July 2015 by , Oatlands, Australia

michael
Exceptional

Fantastic show hilariously funny with awesome tunes from a very talented cast

Reviewed on 29 July 2015 by , Ramsey, United Kingdom

Dawn
A must see

Fantastic show, great cast, fun fun fun...........

Reviewed on 28 July 2015 by , Stanford Le Hope, United Kingdom

Loraine
Good night for a sing along.

Reviewed on 28 July 2015 by , Peebles, United Kingdom