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About The Commitments
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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.
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The Commitments reviews
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (61%)
Latest customer reviews
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 Annabel, Mitcham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 October 2015 by Deborah, Bolton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 October 2015 by David, Burton On The Wolds, United Kingdom
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 Terry, Newark, United Kingdom
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 Tom, Carluke, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 October 2015 by Daniel, Fleurus W-b, Belgium
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 Neil, Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 October 2015 by Sarah, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Fantastic show for teenagers up, full of laughs, fantastic music!
Reviewed on 19 October 2015 by Karen, Halstead, United Kingdom
Simply superb entertainment. Great music, great acting and a creative set. Just a great night out.
Reviewed on 17 October 2015 by Chris, St Ives, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 15 October 2015 by Sharon, Wakefield, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 15 October 2015 by Yvonne, Buderim, Australia
Reviewed on 13 October 2015 by Jenna, Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 11 October 2015 by Keith, Whitchurch, United Kingdom
Funny. Great music. Loved it.
Reviewed on 11 October 2015 by Daniel, Shenfield, United Kingdom
Any one who loves music and comedy this is for you, great show loved it.
Reviewed on 06 October 2015 by Nicole, Streatham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 October 2015 by Julia, Devizes, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 October 2015 by Mark, Meopham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 October 2015 by Marta, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 04 October 2015 by Christopher, Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
Excellent show music and acting very good as well as fun.
Reviewed on 04 October 2015 by Lesley, Chatteris, United Kingdom
Great sing along show. Singers have powerful voices. Nostalgic and funny.
Reviewed on 04 October 2015 by Colette, Colchester, United Kingdom
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 Angela, Newbigging, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 03 October 2015 by Amanda, Warwick, United Kingdom
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 Stuart, Glasgow, United Kingdom
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 Tamsin, Thorpe Lie Soken, United Kingdom
Anniversary night out which we both throughly enjoyed
Reviewed on 02 October 2015 by John, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Amazing fun. Great acting. Brilliant voices. Loved every minute.
Reviewed on 01 October 2015 by Tina, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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 Kevin, Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
This show is fantastic, good music, acting and story line. Irate this show 10/10
Reviewed on 29 September 2015 by Martin, Derby, United Kingdom
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 Nicola, Rotherham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 September 2015 by Caitlin, Leyton, United Kingdom
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 Janine, Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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 Sharon, Nuneaton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 September 2015 by Diane, Kirkby Overblow, United Kingdom
Really enjoyed this show. i would recommend the show to others.
Reviewed on 22 September 2015 by Margaret, Morecambe, United Kingdom
Poor acting. Average musicians, very poor vocals.
Reviewed on 22 September 2015 by Terry, Mosman, Australia
Reviewed on 21 September 2015 by Michal, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 September 2015 by Rachel, Skelton, Saltburn, United Kingdom
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 Allan, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
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 Joanne, Glossop, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 September 2015 by Malcolm, Maulden, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 September 2015 by Robert, Harlow, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 September 2015 by Karen, Beverley, United Kingdom
Main singer was fantastic. Found the rest chaotic and vet stilted
Reviewed on 20 September 2015 by Debra, Sandton, South Africa
You must see !!!!!
Reviewed on 19 September 2015 by Susie, Linlithgow, United Kingdom
Very good show, well sung and acted probably less swearing than film.
Reviewed on 18 September 2015 by James, Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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 Rebecca, London, United Kingdom
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 Andrea, Hartlepool, United Kingdom
Fantastc show , voices amaizing The tempo was great
Reviewed on 17 September 2015 by Mats, Uddevalla, Sweden
Reviewed on 14 September 2015 by Adam, Southend On Sea, United Kingdom
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 Michelle, Worthing, United Kingdom
Amazing! The whole theatre was on their feet dancing near the end. Genuine standing ovation.
Reviewed on 13 September 2015 by Colin, Crawley, United Kingdom
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 Judith, Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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 Christine, Northampton, United Kingdom
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 Chris
It's a fresh version with new songs and the songs everybody sings.
Reviewed on 06 September 2015 by Adrian, Montevideo, Uruguay
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 Amanda, Grantham, United Kingdom
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 Vanessa, Wembley, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 August 2015 by Patrick, Johannesburg, South Africa
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 Kathryne, Hornchurch, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 August 2015 by George, Royston, United Kingdom
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 John, Salisbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 August 2015 by N, Braintree, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 August 2015 by Darren, Nottingham, United Kingdom
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 Darren, Glenrothes, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 August 2015 by Lee, York, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 August 2015 by Barbara, Roma, Italy
Reviewed on 17 August 2015 by Patrick, Stroud, United Kingdom
Amazing shoe with great music, great humour and lots of action.
Reviewed on 17 August 2015 by Helen, Kettering, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 August 2015 by Jaz, Derby, United Kingdom
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 Lynn, Hull, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 16 August 2015 by Carole, Sidcup, United Kingdom
Walking back on memory lane Very enjoyable
Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by Regina, Denham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 12 August 2015 by Meta, Houten, Netherlands
Sadly a poor relation to the film. Lacked the authentic urgency and bite of the original story. Lacklustre.
Reviewed on 11 August 2015 by Kate, Brough, United Kingdom
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 Harel, Givat Shmuel, Israel
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 Janet, Nottingham, United Kingdom
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 Josephine, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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 Anne, Manchester, United Kingdom
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 Jane, Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 August 2015 by David, Dudley, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 August 2015 by Sian, Newstead, Australia
Reviewed on 04 August 2015 by Bartosz, Suchy Las, Poland
Good music and good energy. Very enjoyable.
Reviewed on 03 August 2015 by Wendy, Rotherham, United Kingdom
The Committments is a fantastic musical coupled with great humour. Garanteed foot-tapping fun.
Reviewed on 03 August 2015 by David, Southampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 03 August 2015 by John, Maidstone, United Kingdom
Little bit of swearing which absolutely did not offend. Slight rudeness, but very funny with it.
Reviewed on 03 August 2015 by Shelley, Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
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 Sergio, London, United Kingdom
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 Shirley, Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Fast moving and easy to follow with great songs.
Reviewed on 01 August 2015 by Russell, Derby, United Kingdom
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 Gary, Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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 Bev, St Leonards On Sea, United Kingdom
Loved it! Quite a lot of swearing and rude references but all in good fun!
Reviewed on 30 July 2015 by Cheryl, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 July 2015 by Nicola, Spaldwick, United Kingdom
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 Nicola, Norwich, United Kingdom
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 Noelene, Oatlands, Australia
Fantastic show hilariously funny with awesome tunes from a very talented cast
Reviewed on 29 July 2015 by Michael, Ramsey, United Kingdom
Fantastic show, great cast, fun fun fun...........
Reviewed on 28 July 2015 by Dawn, Stanford Le Hope, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 July 2015 by Loraine, Peebles, United Kingdom