The Commitments (written by Roddy Doyle) 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, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. The show follows the journey of two members of a frustrated synthesiser band – the opening scene has them playing, but ignored, in a shop window – who turn to Jimmy, the local music expert, for help. Lucky for us, the show is rocking its way to Leeds Grand Theatre this December.
Coronation Street (Curly Watts) legend, Kevin Kennedy, takes the role of Jimmy Rabbitte’s Da in the show. Following a record-breaking two year run at London’s Palace Theatre, many of the cast are joining the tour too. This includes Brian Gilligan as Deco and Andrew Linnie as Jimmy Rabbitte.
Roddy Doyle said: “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 30 years later, in 2016.”