Originally standing as a best-selling novel and then being a worldwide smash-hit movie, The Commitments has been a global phenomenon, all while also spawning a chart-topping band. And now this amazing story has hit London’s West End for the first time.
Running at the Palace Theatre until September 13th, Roddy Doyle’s classic tale of a group of Irish kids is all about the power of music and how it can save lives in a time of conflict and change. For the past two years, this new musical has been a work in progress and having been adapted by Doyle himself, all the original sentiment is still there.
In a weird twist of fate, this production has been directed by Jamie Lloyd, who recently sold out the Trafalgar Studios with his version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, starring Atonement and X-Men star James McAvoy. And if you really enjoy this show, you will be happy to hear that Lloyd and McAvoy have teamed up again at Trafalgar Studios for satire comedy The Ruling Class, which will be on until April 11th.
Whether it is the toe-tapping tunes, the super-hot young cast or the dazzling spectacle on stage, there are many reasons why you should consider The Commitments as the next show to catch in the capital city. And while you still having plenty of time to see it, be sure to book into a London hotel as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, especially over the busy summer period. Tickets for the show start from £13.
The Palace Theatre is situated on Shaftesbury Avenue, making it extremely accessible to some of London’s hotspots, such as Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square and Oxford Street.