The Commitments at Palace Theatre tickets
The Commitments at Palace Theatre tickets

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This new musical based on Roddy Doyle’s cult classic novel of the same name received its world premiere at the Palace Theatre back in 2013 where it continues to have packed audiences on their feet and dancing in the aisles night after night.

As a real crowd pleaser, the musical is packed full of laugh out loud moments and over 20 soul classics played live on stage including “Try A Little Tenderness,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “Knock on Wood,” “River Deep, Mountain High” and “Mustang Sally.”

The story, based on Roddy Doyle’s 1987 novel which was famously made into the BAFTA Award winning 1991 movie, is set in 1980’s Dublin where two friends decide to form a band, their only problem is they know nothing about music. That’s where music fan Jimmie Rabbitte comes in, he agrees to be the bands manager, names them "The Commitments" and, by placing an add in a local paper, pulls together a motley crew of unemployed friends and musicians in the hope of causing a soul revolution in Ireland.

The original production starred Killian Donnely as Deco. Donnely has since gone on to star opposite Beverley Knight in Memphis and will head up the West end premiere of Kinky Boots.

The Commitments is directed by star director Jamie Lloyd. Lloyd is the Artistic director of Trafalgar Transformed where he has become known for his classic productions with celebrity casts including Macbeth with James McAvoy and Richard III with Martin Freeman. The show also features an impressive double level set by Soutra Gilmour.

Don’t miss this fantastic production currently playing at the Palace Theatre, which is due to close on the 1st of November 2015.

A guaranteed great night out that will have you on your feet and dancing by the end.

Recommended for

If you’re a fan of a jukebox musical then this is the show for you. Fans of soul music or the film will not be disappointed. This is a great night out for the whole family but do please note this show is recommended for 12+ as it contains some mild scenes of an adult nature and the occasional swear word.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for children 12+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Opened: 21 Sep 2013
Press night: 08 Oct 2013
Booking from: 09 Oct 2015
Booking until: 01 Nov 2015

Location and map

Palace Theatre
109-113 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1V 8AY

32 Reviews Add review

It is what it is, a classic jukebox, good jokes and good singing. I wasn't a fan of the audience participation it felt very much like... More

kellymarshall 6'0, 10 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Found it hard to follow some of the story but overall I enjoyed it, mainly because of the great songs and performances.

z0esparkles 5"6, 43 reviews, 1 helpful vote

elphaba 59 reviews, 5 helpful votes

GemGem347 5"7, 5 reviews, 0 helpful votes

EmilyJaane 175cm, 25 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Brought my ticket on the day and was lucky enough to get a good value seat in the stalls was towards the end of row at an angle but... More

Queenie 5'2, 75 reviews, 43 helpful votes

Never seen the film, but knew all the songs loved it, got the film that weekend. The show was so much better than the film.

davidstratford 6"00, 14 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I love Motown/Soul music so I loved every second of it. The story was really captivating. It made you laugh, cry and make you want... More

BethMGx 5"8, 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was great the songs were amazing. The cast had brilliant voices and the sets were cool.

sarahward 5 foot, 287 reviews, 1 helpful vote