THE COMMITMENTS to tour DUBLIN & UK from October 2016
January 14, 2016  //  By:   //  News  //  Comments are off

Nearly thirty years since The Commitments first burst from the pages of Roddy Doyle’s best-selling novel, the world’s hardest working soul band will be touring the UK.

Direct from a record-breaking residency at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End, the smash hit musical will begin a seven month tour on 12 October 2016 at Dublin Bord Gáis Theatre. Tickets are now on sale.

Roddy Doyle says; “The Commitments were born in Dublin, moved to London, and will soon be hopping all over the shop.  I wrote the novel – invented the characters – in 1986, and it thrills me to think that they will be entertaining audiences throughout the UK and Ireland thirty years later, in 2016.”

The Commitments received huge critical acclaim following the September 2013 World Premiere in London.  Opening to rave reviews, it was quickly hailed as a smash hit musical sensation.  The Sunday Times awarded the show five stars, saying “The Commitments is the musical we’ve been waiting for. So good, our critic almost weeps”. The Daily Telegraph and The Times both gave the show four stars and the Daily Mail said the show was “a fabulous fun night out”.

The show has been adapted for the stage by Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle, from his original novel. It is directed by the award-winning Jamie Lloyd, famed for directing the critically acclaimed Macbeth, and packed with more than 20 classic soul songs performed live on stage including: Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, River Deep, Mountain High, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Reach Out, Uptight, Knock On Wood, I Can’t Turn You Loose and more!

The Commitments is the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. The show follows the journey of two members of a frustrated synthesizer band – the opening scene has them playing, but ignored, in a shop window – who turn to Jimmy, the local music expert, for help.

Placing a classified advert in a music paper, Jimmy auditions a number of wannabes before finalising the new line up who he names The Commitments. The humour kicks in as the band get to know each other and their instruments, and proceed through early rehearsals for their first gig. Just as they improve and begin to get a name for themselves they combust. The backing singers are all getting off with the middle aged horn playing legend, the singer has entered Eurovision, the drummer has walked out mid-gig and the saxophone player has dangerous leanings towards a jazz career.

Photo: Tristram Kenton


The Commitments Tour Dates

2016 Dates

12 – 29 October          Dublin Bord Gáis Theatre                   ON SALE NOW

31 Oct – 5 November Milton Keynes Theatre                       ON SALE NOW

7 – 12 November        Nottingham Theatre Royal                 ON SALE NOW

14 – 19 November      Stoke Regent Theatre                         ON SALE NOW

21 – 26 November      Sheffield Lyceum Theatre                   ON SALE NOW

5 – 10  December       Leeds Grand Theatre                          ON SALE NOW

12 – 30 December      Glasgow Theatre Royal                       ON SALE NOW


2017 Dates

2 – 7 January               Brighton Theatre Royal                      ON SALE NOW

9 – 14 January             Oxford New Theatre                           ON SALE NOW

16 – 21 January           Liverpool Empire                                ON SALE NOW

23 – 28 January                       Belfast Opera House                           ON SALE NOW

30 Jan – 4 February    Southampton Mayflower                    ON SALE NOW

6 – 11 February           Newcastle Theatre Royal                    ON SALE NOW

13 – 18 February         York Grand Opera House                    ON SALE NOW

20 – 25 February         Bristol Hippodrome                            ON SALE NOW

27 Feb – 4 March        Edinburgh Playhouse                          ON SALE NOW

7 – 12 March              Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre        ON SALE NOW

13 – 18 March            Birmingham Alexandra Theatre         ON SALE NOW

20 – 25 March            Canterbury Marlow Theatre              ON SALE NOW

27 March – 8 April      Manchester Palace Theatre               ON SALE NOW

10 – 15 April                Cardiff Millennium                             ON SALE SOON

17 – 22 April               Woking New Victoria Theatre                        ON SALE NOW