The Commitments
Credit: Johan Persson

REVIEW: The Commitments

West End hit musical, The Commitments, is at The Marlowe Theatre this week and is a stylish, soulful, sing-along show!

The Commitments, a musical based on a book written by Irish novelist Roddy Doyle, is showing until 
March 25 at the Marlowe Theatre Canterbury. The book was originally turned into an award-winning film in 1991 and has since become a smash hit London musical in the West End.

The Commitments is a feel good show portraying the very best of soul music, with the cast performing classics including ‘Proud Mary’, ‘Mustang Sally’ and ‘Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours’. The show will make you want to get out of your seat and dance and leave you singing for days to come. 

The Commitments
Credit: Johan Persson

The show is set in Dublin, 1981 and follows Andrew Linnie’s character Jimmy Rabbitte, who decides he wants to put a band together consisting of friends and non-professionals to bring soul music to the people of Dublin.

The show follows the ups and downs of the band, with them performing songs from the greats including Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin.

The entire cast put on an incredible performance, most notably Andrew Linnie who had us truly sympathising with the struggles of band management, whilst his dad, played by Kevin Kennedy, had us laughing consistently at his accurate portrayal of a man stuck in his time.

The Commitments
Jimmy (Andrew Linnie)and-Jimmy’s Da (Kevin Kennedy) Credit: Johan Persson

Brian Gilligan who plays Deco, the band’s lead singer, had a voice so powerful it wowed us from the start and continued to impress throughout the show, whilst also injecting humour into his performance and keeping us entertained throughout.

The whole band performed amazingly and left the audience in awe of their talent.

The show instantly gets you tapping your feet and clapping along from the beginning. It is so much fun and is definitely not to be missed.


For more information on tickets and prices, please head to The Marlow Theatre’s website.

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