PREVIEW: The Commitments, New Victoria Theatre

Direct from the West End and based on the best-selling novel by Roddy Doyle, The Commitments arrives at the New Victoria Theatre from the 17th to the 22nd April. 

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Deco (Brian Gilligan). (c) Johan Persson 

The Commitments tells the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians into an amazing live act after placing a classified ad in a music paper. The humour kicks in as the band get to know each other and their instruments. 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.

Featuring hit songs such as River Deep, Mountain High, Knock On Wood and  Mustang Sally, The Commitments the musical was written by Roddy Doyle, based on his best-selling novel.

Talking about the production he said: “The Commitments were born in Dublin, moved to London, and are now 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 30 years later.”

Directed by Caroline Jay Ranger, the cast is set to include Kevin Kennedy, Brian Gilligan, Andrew Linnie, Amy Penston, Leah Penston and Christina Tedders.

The production includes set and costume design by Soutra Gilmour, choreography by Ann Yee, lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Rory Madden.

The Commitments will play at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking from the 17th to the 22nd April. To book tickets visit: ATG Tickets