The Commitments at the Theatre Royal Glasgow Review

commitmentsThe Commitments
Theatre Royal, Glasgow

12-30 December 2016


Reviewed by Emily Crombie

The Commitments opened last night at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow to a full house. The show runs through Christmas until Friday 30th December.

Based on the book by Roddy Doyle, it became a film in 1991 before he adapted it for the stage. Set in Dublin, Ireland in the 80’s. It tracks the development of the band The Commitments from its infancy as Jimmy, Andrew Linnie, pulls together an unlikely crew to become this soul band.

From the very opening the show is full of Irish humour and rather colourful language, you feel as if you are sitting at a table in a pub watching the events happen around you.


You can’t help but want to sing along to the many soul hits such as Mustang Sally, I Heard it through the Grapevine, I Can’t Get no Satisfaction and River Deep Mountain High.

The fabulous voice of Deco, Brian Gilligan, carried the show, supported by a very talented cast who not only sang and danced but also played all the music live on stage.

The stage crew worked had with the many slick scenery changes. The staging was super with clever use of scenery and lighting to move between characters.

Kevin Kennedy as Jimmy’s Dad was very funny with real stereotypical Irish character all the better with his comic delivery!

Sitting in row D the Dress Circle we had a perfect view of the stage. The theatre is comfortable and well equipped with good access. It is located in Hope Street in Glasgow City Centre and well served with public transport and car parking.

Rating: 5/5 thumbs_up

Tickets cost from £21.90 to £58.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).

The Commitments is at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow until 30 December 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7647.

Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 3QA | 0844 871 7647


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