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Palace Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue W1V 8AY
The Commitments
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Show Details

Preview 21st Sept 13
Opens 8th Oct 13
Booking to 13th Sept 15

Show Times

Tues - Sun 7.30 pm
Matinée Sat 3.00 pm
2.30 & 7.00pm
Length of show - 2hr 30min

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.




"If Dublin needed a band like the commitments… "The saviours of soul" – in the 1980s then surely London needs one now if only as an antidote to the 'X factor'.

"Everyone wants to make a soul band because soul is irresistibly sexy and Doyle's story makes you feel that you could do it" Alexander Gilmore of Theatre and Dance

The Neechy Peeps

There are many who say that the Commitments were a failure. I can only assume that temporal and spiritual distinctions are lost.

NIETZSCHE Is a dead old German philosopher with some dismal and dubious views. This in itself does not make him a lunatic. That came later, when he was obsessed with the righteousness and rightness of his views to such an extent that he wanted EVERYBODY to follow his lead. He continued on to commit lunacy in forming a religion as a scientific organisation (Yeah right) In order to promulgate the senseless idea that God does not exist.  Being a lunatic  means that you can be extremely clever – and Nietzsche was able to write some brilliantly smithed words that seemed to impress illustrious folk like Prof Dawkins for instance.

Neechy peeps, therefore, are always equating worth and value with money. Furthermore they know "the price of everything and the value of nothing". Like many ideas started hundreds of years ago – and longer – they seem to have gained momentum and neechy peeps are everywhere. Every walk of life, every race, every age, (arguably baby children are exempt) and every sex.

The Commitments Band

These people missed the point of the joy of starting a band. They don't appear to understand the immense fun potential in making a film with that very band and going on to play to thousands even millions of people. They didn't see the profound beauty in putting brilliantly performed and joyful musicianship over and above image everytime. Two other plays about Irish bands are running in the West End concurrently. The plays 'Mojo' and' Once' are full of sadness and tension instead of happiness and ease – With very different outcomes.


The real life story is even more amazing than both the film, the book and the play. It's a fine thing to have an idea write a book and then make it into reality in a film —with a band of all out professionals and to play wonderful Songs to carry the enthusiasm and buzzing from 1980s to today.

A fine thing I'd say and certainly no failure. Popular demand has extended the booking to September 1914. We believe the seats are selling pretty rapidly before Christmas anyway so best book soon because we really think it would be a good idea for Anyone to get a good dose of good old love music. It was called Soul in those days – it still is just that.  Whether rhythm and blues or rock 'n' roll who really cares what it's called? The musicians in this play give it their all and are loving the songs – every one... The thing about this music is that it gives rise to life and actually raises it up through the energy of rhythm and harmony and tenderness.

Welcome anything that lifts the spirit. Music Can! I'd say dish it around and of course this play or musical is definitely a family affair! Memorable fun for the children!


  • 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
  • Barnaby Southgate - James

  • Playwright - Roddy Doyle
  • Director - Jamie Lloyd
  • Design - Soutra Gilmour
  • Lighting - Jon Clark
  • Choreography - Ann Yee
  • Sound - Rory Madden
  • Producer - The Commitments London Ltd.
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