THE COMMITMENTS – NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 3
A West End smash-hit based on a cult novel and a hugely successful movie is set to bring some pre-Christmas soul to Norwich.
The Commitments tells the story of a ragtag bunch of Irish musicians who bring soul to Dublin and is set to entertain Norwich theatre-goers 30 years since Roddy Doyle’s classic book was first published.
Heading the cast is Coronation Street star Kevin Kennedy aka Curly Watts, who also delighted city audiences as Captain Hook in the Theatre Royal panto Peter Pan two years ago, and he cannot wait to be back. He said: “I am delighted to be returning to Norwich in an iconic musical like The Commitments. It will be a pleasure travelling around the country playing to enthusiastic audiences who love this show.”
Joining him on stage will be a strong cast including Andrew Linnie, who takes on the role of the band’s manager Jimmy Rabbitte. Andrew was part of the West End production’s ensemble and had to step in when the actor originally playing the part and both the understudies were unavailable.
Despite having never performed the role before, he got great reviews and is following up his success in London’s theatre-land by taking on the part for the tour. Andrew said: “I made my West End debut in this show and couldn’t be more delighted to be returning to play the wonderful music again.”
Others in the cast include sisters Amy and Leah Penston who play two-thirds of backing singers The Commitmentettes. Amy said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to be back with The Commitments playing Natalie. I’m so looking forward to working with some of the old gang and rock the stage together again. Not only that, but it’s a dream come true to back on stage with my wonderful sister Leah. We’re just elated to be working together again.”
The Commitments received huge critical acclaim following the September 2013 World premiere in London. Opening to rave reviews, it was quickly hailed as a smash hit musical sensation.
The show has been adapted for the stage by Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle, from his original novel. Directed by C Jay Ranger, The Commitments is packed with more than 20 classic soul songs performed live on stage including Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Mustang Sally, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Uptight, Knock On Wood, and more.
The Commitments, Monday 28 November-Saturday 3 December at 7.30pm, and Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets £8-£44. Discounts for Friends, Corporate Club, Under-18s and Groups. Audio-described and signed performance on Saturday 3 December at 2.30pm.
To book, call the box office on 01603 630000 or log onto www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk