The CommitmentsRoddy Doyle's Booker prize winning novel The Commitments had its world premiere at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End last September.

The show has been more than two years in the making and  has been adapted from the novel by Doyle himself and will be directed by award winning Jamie Lloyd.

It tells the story of working class lad Jimmy Rabbitte who pulls together an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends to become the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced.

Jimmy puts an ad in the newspaper and auditions a number of wannabes before forming  The Commitments. The musical takes you through the early stages of the band getting to know each other and their instruments, through early rehearsals to their first gig.

But just as they begin to get a name for themselves the backing singers are all getting off with the middle aged horn legend, the singer has entered Eurovision and the saxophone player starts  leaning towards a jazz career.

The cast: Brian Gilligan is Declan "Deco" Cuffe lead singer of the band: Irishman Denis Grindel will make his West End debut playing the lead role of band manager Jimmy Rabbitte: Mark Dugdale/Derek: Anthony Hunt/Joey:John Currivan/Billy/Dave: Andrew Linnie/Dean: Barnaby Southgate/James: Sam Fordham/Mickah: John McClarnon/Outspan: Jessica Cervi/Bernie: Stephanie McKeon/Natalie: Sarah O’Connor/Imelda: Sean Kearns/ Jimmy's Da: Clodagh Long/Sharon:Alex Tomkins/Ray: Riona O Connor/Alice: Thomas Snowdon/Hot Press: Julia Worsley/ Jimmy's Ma/ Outspan's Ma who will be joined by ensemble members Padraig Dooney, Christopher Fry, Amy Penston, Fiona Carty, Ryan Gibb, Hollie O'Donoghue, ,Peter Mooney and Mark Irwin

Buy tickets for The Commitments which is booking until 1st November 2015 when the production closes.

show timesTuesday-Saturday 19:30. Matinee Saturday at 15:00. Shows on Sundays at 2.30pm and 7.00pm Running time 2 hours 20 minutes including interval

2.30PM & 7PM every Sunday (except 16th March where we are at 3pm)


Palace Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5AY

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Tube : Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines)
buses to Her Majesty's Theatre
14, 19, 22, 24, 38, 40, 176
nearest car park

China Town Masterpark, Newport Place, Soho. This theatre participates in the Theatreland Parking Scheme - find out more about the great discounts offered by clicking on the link.


Infra-red system with headsets. Induction loop at Box Office. Headsets available in foyer.

Guide dogs are permitted inside the auditorium

No steps to auditorium through a side EXIT on Shaftesbury Avenue. One 3cm step into the theatre and a slight incline to stalls which has one space for a wheelchair/scooter user and their companion at W27. .

Adapted toilet by wheelchair users' entrance.