Music – The Commitments announce 2020/21 UK & Ireland Tour

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2020/21 UK & IRELAND TOUR

 

“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 ★★★★

 

Over 30 years since The Commitments first burst from the pages of Roddy Doyle’s best-selling novel, the world’s hardest working and most explosive soul band are set to return to embark on a brand new 2020/2021 UK & Ireland tour, kicking off in September next year. 

 

This new nine-month tour will see the show perform in front of fans all over the UK & Ireland in Bromley, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Peterborough, York, Llandudno, Nottingham, Bournemouth, Milton Keynes, Bradford, Glasgow, Blackpool, Northampton, Cardiff, Truro, Southend, Southampton, Bristol, Dartford, Norwich, Ipswich, Birmingham, Hull, Newcastle, Leeds, Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Reading, Liverpool, Aylesbury, Portsmouth, Manchester, Darlington, Wolverhampton, Wimbledon and Plymouth. Casting announcements will be made in the coming months.

 

The Commitments musical has been adapted from the novel by Booker prize-winning author Roddy Doyle and is directed by Caroline Jay Ranger. 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. 

 

Roddy Doyle says: “I’m delighted that The Commitments is coming back. I’ve been saying for years that ‘Mustang Sally’ is a traditional Irish song and this new tour will help prove my point.”

 

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 finalsing 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.

 

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!

 

A guaranteed “fabulously-fun night” (Daily Mail) you will simply never forget.

 

The Commitments Tour Dates

2020 Dates
28/09/20 – 03/10/20 Bromley: Churchill Theatre
05/10/20 – 10/10/20 Sheffield: Lyceum                                   
12/10/20 – 17/10/20 Edinburgh: Playhouse                            
19/10/20 – 24/10/20 Peterborough: New Theatre
26/10/20 – 31/10/20 York: Grand Opera House                 
02/11/20 – 07/11/20 Llandudno: Venue Cymru                     

09/11/20 – 14/11/20 Nottingham: Theatre Royal                  
16/11/20 – 21/11/20 Bournemouth: Pavilion Theatre          
23/11/20 – 28/11/20 Milton Keynes: Theatre        

30/11/20 – 05/12/20 Bradford: Alhambra Theatre                
07/12/20 – 21/12/20 Glasgow: Theatre Royal                         

 

2021 Dates

04/01/21 – 09/01/21 Blackpool: Opera House    

11/01/21 – 16/01/21 Northampton: Derngate                   

18/01/21 – 23/01/21 Cardiff: Wales Millennium Centre              

25/01/21 – 30/01/21 Truro: Hall For Cornwall                                    

01/02/21 – 06/02/21 Southend: Cliffs Pavilion                        

08/02/21 – 13/02/21 Southampton: Mayflower Theatre      

15/02/21 – 20/02/21 Bristol: Hippodrome                               

22/02/21 – 27/02/21 Dartford: Orchard Theatre                   

01/03/21 – 06/03/21 Norwich: Theatre Royal                         

08/03/21 – 13/03/21 Ipswich: Regent Theatre                                       

15/03/21 – 20/03/21 Birmingham: Hippodrome                     

22/03/21 – 27/03/21 Hull: New Theatre                                   

29/03/21 – 02/04/21 Newcastle: Theatre Royal                      

05/04/21 – 10/04/21 Leeds: Grand                                            

12/04/21 – 17/04/21 Cork: Opera House                                  

19/04/21 – 24/04/21 Dublin: Bord Gais Energy Theatre        

26/04/21 – 01/05/21 Belfast: Grand Opera House                  

03/05/21 – 08/05/21 Reading: The Hexagon Reading                            

10/05/21 – 15/05/21 Liverpool: Empire      

17/05/21 – 22/05/21 Aylesbury: Waterside Theatre                              

24/05/21 – 29/05/21 Southsea: Kings Theatre                            

31/05/21 – 05/06/21 Manchester: Palace Theatre                  

07/06/21 – 12/06/21 Darlington: Hippodrome

14/06/21 – 19/06/21 Wolverhampton: Grand Theatre

21/06/21 – 26/06/21 Wimbledon: New Wimbledon Theatre       

28/06/21 – 03/06/21 Plymouth: Theatre Royal                

For further information please contact:
Jack Collins / Neil Reading
Neil Reading PR
Jack@neilreadingpr.com
020 7839 2277   

 

Listings Information:

Ticket Prices: From £15

Tickets From: thecommitmentstour.co.uk

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