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The Commitments are coming home to Dublin!

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 07 - 19 February 2023. 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.

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.”

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.

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The Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 K135

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The Commitments musical will be coming to Ireland from 07-19 February 2023.

Tickets priced from €45 excl. service charge

The Commitments will be coming to the Olympia Theatre, Dublin.

The cast includes Coronation Street legend Nigel Pivaro and Dublin-based street busker Ryan Kelly. 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 and James Deegan, Mike Lloyd, Joshua Barton and Colm Gleeson. . Further casting will be announced soon.

Yes, matinee shows will take place on Saturday's & Sunday's at 2pm.