A new stage adaptation of Roddy Doyle’s best-selling novel The Commitments is getting ready to rock out in the West End! Directed by Jamie Lloyd, the previously announced production will begin performances September 21 at the Palace Theatre, with an official opening night on October 8. Casting will be announced shortly.
Adapted by Doyle, The Commitments tells the story of Jimmy Rabitte, a young working-class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians into the best soul band in Dublin. The Commitments was adapted into a film in 1991 starring Once composer Glen Hansard, as well as Robert Arkins, Colm Meaney and Andrew Strong.
“I’m extremely excited by this, which is great because I’m nearly 55 and I feel a bit giddy about it,” Doyle said in a statement. “I hadn’t planned to write it myself but then I did and I really enjoyed it. After meeting a number of impressive writers I told my wife, ‘I’m thinking I might have a bash at the script myself,’ and she said ‘You took your time.’” The show will premiere 25 years after Doyle’s novel was published.
The Commitments will feature set and costume design by Soutra Gilmour, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Rory Madden, choreography by Ann Yee and music supervision by Alan Williams.
Can't get enough Commitments? Check out the trailer from the hit 1991 film below!