Roddy Doyle’s best selling novel, The Commitments, has taken London’s West End by storm this year. Come and join the huge audiences, who come every night to see the story of the band that saved soul music and listen to some of their favourite music being performed live on stage by this iconic band. No wonder The Commitments Theatre Breaks are so popular!
About The Commitments
More than two years in the making The Commitments Theatre Breaks are ‘wowing’ audiences at the Palace theatre.
Adapted from his own best selling & Booker prize winning novel Roddy Doyle has worked closely alongside award winning director Jamie Lloyd to bring this fast paced show to the stage.
Made into a film in 1991 winning four BAFTAs & earning an Oscar nomination, The Commitments tells the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who, after placing an advert in a music paper, begins to manage an unlikely bunch of amateurs and friends into an amazing live act – declaring it to be “the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced.”
The humour kicks in as the new band – The Commitments – get to know each other and their instruments, and proceed through early disastrous rehearsals to their first gig. However, will they claim the fame and fortune they all crave?
The Commitments Theatre breaks and hotels
The Commitments is on at the Palace theatre, Cambridge Circus, in the heart of the West End on the junction of Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue.
If you are looking for The Commitments Theatre Breaks, hotels within walking distance include the 4 star deluxe Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street and the 3 star Travelodge Covent Garden. Also not far away, just on the north side of Oxford Street, is the 3 star St Giles hotel with the added bonus of its indoor swimming pool and huge gym or the 4 star deluxe Montague on the Gardens in the quiet Bloomsbury area.
Closest underground station to the Palace theatre is Leicester Square served by the Northern and Piccadilly Lines so wherever you choose to stay in London the theatre is easy to get to.
Theatre:The Palace, Shaftesbury Avenue, LondonW1V 8AY Nearest tube station:Leicester Square on the Piccadilly & Northern lines Opened:7th October 2013 Booking to:1st November 2015 Performance Times:Tuesday – Saturday 19:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 15:00pm (No performance on Monday) Running Time:2:30mins
I used to sing in a soul band - yes, we were St Alban's saviours of soul music: not exactly the working class of 80's Dublin finding kinsmanship with the black communities of 1960's America, but we waited will the midnight hour with the best of them!
So on with the review
Worried I would only be disappointed, but glad to say I enjoyed the show immensly. The show owes more to the stunning music than Roddy Doyle's book.
Most of all, the show is fun! They sing the songs, they have the fights, they all fall in love with the backing singer and it works best when it is most like the film. Killian Donnelly is excellent as the belligerent Deco, as is Denis Grindel as the music fan who puts the band together, Jimmy Rabbitte. In fact the whole band gels beautifully: from Joey "the lips" Fagan (Ben Fox) to the backing singers he woes played by Jessica Cervi, Sarah O'Connor and Stephanie McKeown. This sort of stuff was never meant to be rocket science! And, as such, is the perfect show to see for a theatre break to London, which, let's face it, is what we are all looking for.
Highly energetic show with never a dull moment. I was never under any illusion that Killian Donnelly wouldn't shine in the part of Deco and I was not proved wrong. He has a terrific voice and played the part of the arrogant troubled "soul man" to perfection.
Whole cast was great and there's no better way to hear music than being played live on stage by the performers. Script was funny and set design was spot on.
A great night out - so much so, that I booked tickets the next day for my brother to go & see it in January.