The Commitments to close at the Palace on 1 Nov 2015

Producers of the West End production of The Commitments have today announced that the show will close at the Palace Theatre on 1 November 2015 following two years in the West End.

The production has extended its booking period for an additional two months, before playing its final performance on 1 November 2015.

Producer Phil McIntyre said of the news:

"We’ve had a great run at the Palace Theatre and we now look forward to bringing the people’s musical to people across the UK & Ireland with our 2017 tour."

The musical, which has been adapted for the stage by Roddy Doyle and is directed by Jamie Lloyd, originally opened at the Palace Theatre on 8 October 2013 following previews from 21 September.

It is choreographed by Ann Yee, designed by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Rory Madden. The current cast includes Denis Grindel (Jimmy Rabbitte), Brian Gilligan (Deco), Sarah O’Connor (Imelda), Natalie Hope (Natalie), Jessica Cervi (Bernie), Anthony Hunt (Joey ‘The Lips’), Mark Dugdale (Derek), John Currivan (Billy), Andrew Linnie (Dean), Sam Fordham (Mickah), John McClarnon (Outspan) and Barnaby Southgate (James).

Synopsis: "The Commitments is the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced."

A score of songs from the film, including: 'Think' by Aretha Franklin, '(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction' by The Rolling Stones, 'Papa Was A Rolling Stone' by The Temptations, and 'Try A Little Tenderness' by Otis Redding are featured in the show.

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