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The Commitments – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: Roddy Doyle Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Karen Bussell It’s always difficult bringing a well-loved film to the theatre, and BAFTA-winning Roddy Doyle’s 1991 cult classic The Commitments is no exception. That Doyle himself adapted his 1987 novel for the stage bodes well, and for those uninitiated in the glory of the movie it may do well, but so ...

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The Commitments – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

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Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Writer: Roddy Doyle Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage The West End smash hit The Commitments rolls into Southampton’s Mayflower to rapturous applause. Based on the film of the same name, this show tells to story of a group of dysfunctional, disenchanted, Dubliners from the 1980s, who at worst dislike each other and at best are tolerant, but they ...

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The Commitments – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

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Book: Roddy Doyle Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Matt Forrest 1987 saw the release of Roddy Doyle’s first novel The Commitments as a group of young working class Dubliners attempt to make it to ‘the big time’ by forming a band and trying to break away from the shackles of a Dublin in the midst of social and economic decline. ...

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The Commitments – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

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Book: Roddy Doyle Director: Caroline Jay Ranger  Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Based on his 1987 novel, the first of the Barrytown trilogy and later made into a much-lauded film in 1991, Roddy Doyle has adapted his own work for the stage production of The Commitments, the tale of a group of unemployed friends from a council estate on the north side of Dublin ...

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The Commitments – The Grand, Leeds

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Writer: Roddy Doyle Music Arranger: Alan Williams Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Choreographer: Ann Yee Reviewer: Sue Collier It is often tempting to compare the outcome of a stage show to a book or film of the same story. It would be somewhat unwise to try to compare this musical stage show to the well received 1991 film The Commitments, in ...

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The Commitments – Milton Keynes Theatre

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Writer: Roddy Doyle Director: Caroline Jay Ranger  Reviewer: Maggie Constable For fantastic fun and a ‘whole lotta soul’ there is no better place to be this week than Milton Keynes Theatre to share in The Commitments musical direct from an incredibly successful two years in London theatreland where it has played to critical acclaim. The show is based on the much-loved ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Don Giovanni, The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Director: Gavin Quinn Composer: Wolfgang Mozart Translator: Roddy Doyle Conductor: Fergus Sheil Roddy Doyle and opera may sound like an unlikely combination, but for the Dublin Theatre Festival Roddy has translated Don Giovanni in a fantastic relocation of Mozart’s definitive opera to dear, dirty Dublin. Doyle’s libretto for the Opera Theatre Company sees the exploits of literature’s most infamous charmer ...

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The Commitments – Palace Theatre, London

Writer: Roddy Doyle Director: Jamie Lloyd Reviewer: Christopher Owen   Like the rowdy, booze filled, electrified cousin of Once the musical, The Commitments is a show full of energy and joy that gets you in the mood from the first moment. Delightfully Irish in it’s content and never shy to break the fourth wall, it thrills the audience with every ...

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