Roddy Doyle's The Commitments
The Olympia Theatre
7th - 19th February 2023
** On Sale Thursday 15 April at 9am **
Tickets priced from €34.50 inclusive of booking fee & €1 restoration levy are on sale via Ticketmaster.ie
The fees for this event include a €1.00 restoration levy. The restoration levy will allow The Olympia Theatre to invest in maintaining and enhancing the theatre to ensure that it continues to consistently deliver the highest quality experience for theatre goers, actors, performers & producers.
Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult, Over 18's ID required to gain access to the bars where alcohol is served.
Approximate times to follow.
The smash hit west end musical Roddy Doyle’s ‘The Commitments’ is coming to Dublin’s Olympia Theatre as part of the UK and Ireland Tour from 7th - 19th February 2023.
This major UK and Ireland tour of the smash-hit musical will star Coronation Street legend Nigel Pivaro, who appeared in the hugely popular ITV soap between 1983 – 2012 as the lovable rogue Terry Duckworth. He will be swapping the cobbles for the stage and performing the role of ‘Da’ in this all-new production.
Roddy Doyle says: “I'm delighted that The Commitments are coming back in 2022 & 2023 and I'm particularly looking forward to seeing how Nigel Pivaro tackles the part of Jimmy Rabbitte's Da.”
Nigel Pivaro says: “I am thrilled to be marking my return to the stage in this production of The Commitments. It's an iconic story that resonates across the years, about people who though distant from the music's origins find communion and expression in the Motown style. A musical genre which was borne out of oppression and which the characters embrace as their own. The Motown Sound is as vibrant today as it was when it first burst through in the Sixties. I love it, but consistent with perfect casting as 'Da', I love Elvis a little bit more.”
Also joining the cast as Billy is Ryan Kelly, a Dublin-based street busker. A video of Ryan performing Irish dancing on Dublin’s Grafton Street went viral in September 2019 and has since been watched over 12 million times. The Commitments’ director Caroline Jay Ranger saw the clip and called Ryan in for an audition. The rest, as they say, is history and Ryan will be making his musical theatre debut in The Commitments.
Other casting includes James Killeen as Jimmy, Michael Mahony as Oustpan, Connor Litten as Dean, Stephen O’Riain as James, Jo Woollmer as Mickah, Hollie O’Donoghue as Imelda, James Deegan as Deco and Mike Lloyd, Joshua Barton and Colm Gleeson make up the male ensemble. Further casting will be announced soon.
The rescheduled nine-month tour will see the show perform in front of fans all over the UK & Ireland, opening in Bromley in September 2022 and then playing Portsmouth, Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Milton Keynes, Hull, York, Bradford, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Wimbledon, Canterbury, Plymouth, Aylesbury, Dublin, Belfast, Ipswich, Bournemouth, Dartford, Bristol, Southampton, Nottingham, Northampton, Liverpool, Blackpool, Darlington, Peterborough, Cardiff, Llandudno, Manchester, Reading and Newcastl before culminating in Brighton in July 2023. Further dates will be announced in the coming months.
The Commitments musical has been adapted from the novel by Booker prize-winning author Roddy Doyle. Featuring an electric playlist, The Commitments showcases more than 20 soul classics performed live on stage, including Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, River Deep, Mountain High, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Reach Out, Uptight, Knock On Wood, I Can't Turn You Loose and many more!
In 2013 The Commitments musical received universal critical acclaim while enjoying a record-breaking two-year residency at the Palace Theatre in London's West End, after which it hit the road for a major tour, invigorating audiences up and down the country throughout 2016 and 2017.
The Commitments tells the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working-class music fan, who transforms an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians into an amazing live act, which becomes the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. Placing a classified advert in a music paper, Jimmy auditions a number of wannabes before finalising the members of his new band, which he names ‘The Commitments’.
Humour kicks in as the band get to know each other and their instruments, grappling with inter-group differences as they muddle their way through early rehearsals for the band’s first gig. Just as they improve and begin to get a name for themselves, they combust. The backing singers are more interested in 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.
Friday 7 April 2023 - Doors 7:00pm - Show 8:00pm
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The Commitments is a guaranteed “fabulously-fun night” that you will simply never forget. The Daily Mail
"The Commitments is the musical we’ve been waiting for. So good, our critic almost weeps” The Sunday Times ★★★★★
“This hugely enjoyable show touches the sublime. Wonderfully funny” Daily Telegraph ★★★★
“Unstoppable fun. A big-hearted, big-night out” The Times ★★★★