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Closed November 1, 2015

"The musical we've been waiting for. So good I almost wept."

The Sunday Times

Why See The Commitments?

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And now, The Commitements!

Based on Roddy Doyle's 1987 novel (and subsequent film)and adapted for the stage by Doyle himself, The Commitments is the story of a rag-tag bunch of musicians who, along with a shared love of Motown, hope with a little hard work, to become the finest soul band in Ireland.

Featuring sweet-soul classics from the Motown songbook such as 'Papa was a Rolling Stone', 'Think' and the riotous 'Try A Little Tenderness', The Commitments is a sarcastic, smart and soulful comedy that will surprise even the biggest musical naysayer.

And 1,2,3,4!

Wannabe musical impresario Jimmy Rabbite is surprised by the responses to his classified ad in the Hot Press. The result of auditions turns up an unlikely lot, but un-fazed, Jimmy sets out to do the impossible, train these amateurs into a soul band!

Set against the rainy concrete bleakness of late 1980's Dublin, the raucous Commitments learn to play together, whilst struggling to content with all the chaos that comes along with success, including in-fighting, sparring egos and er.. Strengthening inter-band relationships?

With West End favourite Killian Donnelly as Deco, the band's brash but loveable lead singer, this is a visual and passionate show, capturing the glee, fiery madness and hope that comes with being in, and being with, this motley crew of a soul group.

Did you know?

The Commitments is part of a trilogy of Roddy Doyle novels, the second and third being 'The Snapper' and 'The Van.'

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Previews from: 21 September 2013

Opening night: 8 October 2013


The Commitments is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards

Run time

Two hours and 20 minutes with one interval

Cast and Creative


Denis Grindel as Jimmy Rabbitte

Brian Gilligan as Deco

Sarah O’Connor as Imelda

Natalie Hope as Natalie

Jessica Cervi as Bernie

Antony Hunt as Joey ‘The Lips’

Mark Dugdale as Derek

John Currigan as Billy

Andrew Linnie as Dean

Sam Fordham as Mickah

John McLarnon as Outspan

Padraig Dooney (Ensemble)


Book by Roddy Doyle

Directed by Jamie Lloyd

Designs by Soutra Gilmour

Lighting by Jon Clark

Choreography by Ann Yee

Sound design by Rory Madden

Musical supervisor Alan Williams

What you thought

5 reviews, average rating: (4.4 Stars)

4.5 star rating

Sarah: “Fantastic!!!”

Absoluty fantastic night, show is funny, music was excellent you wont... more

Lorna: “Uplifting”

Great evening. Full of energy. Totally enjoyable Amazing voices and... more

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