Coronation Street legend to star in tour of The Commitments coming to Churchill Theatre
PUBLISHED: 16:13 15 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:13 15 June 2016
The critically acclaimed musical starts its tour in October
Thirty years since Roddy Doyle’s best-selling novel about the world’s hardest working soul band hit shelves, the critically acclaimed musical adaptation will be coming to Bromley.
Kicking off its UK tour at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley in October, the hit musical has announced a stellar cast, including Coronation Street star Kevin Kennedy.
After winning the hearts of the nation when he starred as Curly Watts in the soap opera.
Since leaving he has appeared in theatre productions of Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show and We Will Rock You.
The actor said:” After working abroad, I am delighted to be returning to such an iconic musical as The Commitments.
“It is a pleasure to travel around the country playing to enthusiastic audiences who love this show.”
The soap-opera legend will be starring as Jimmy’s Da in the UK tour.
The UK tour will also feature many of the cast from the record breaking show’s two year run at London’s Palace Theatre, including Brian Gilligan who will reprise his starring role of Deco and Andrew Linnie who will star as Jimmy Rabbitte.
The musical received huge critical acclaim following its world premiere in London in 2013.
Hailed as a smash hit, The Sunday Times awarded the show five stars, with glowing reviews coming from The Times and the Daily Mail amongst others.
Roddy Doyle said: “The Commitments were born in Dublin, moved to London, and will soon be hopping all over the shop. I wrote the novel – invented the characters – in 1986, and it thrills me to think that they will be entertaining audiences throughout the UK and Ireland 30 years later, in 2016.”
The Commitments comes to the Churchill Theatre on October 3-7.