THE COMMITMENTS Tickets
Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, London, W1D 5AY
Approx. capacity: 1380
The Palace Theatre was originally built by impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte as The Royal English Opera House in 1891, but was soon renamed as The Palace Theatre of Varieties. In 1912, it was the venue for the first Royal (and only true 'command') Variety Performance.Throughout the 20th Century the theatre became a popular venue for musicals and revues including Gay Divorce in which Fred Astaire gave his last stage performance before going to Hollywood. The Palace hosted the original London productions of The Sound of Music and Jesus Christ Superstar which played for eight years. Other important musicals were Finian's Rainbow, King's Rhapsody, Cabaret, Song and Dance, The Woman in White, Spamalot and the Royal Shakespeare Company's Les Misérables (1985) which became the longest run in the building's history with 7602 performances before transferring to the Queen's Theatre in 2004.
Nearest underground station is Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines)
Bus routes: 29, 24, 176
The nearest car parks are in Chinatown and Soho. Masterpark at Gerard Place (off Shaftesbury Ave) in China Town NCP at Upper St Martin's Lane (5-7 minute walk) www.parkingforbluebadges.com (Comprehensive parking and interactive bus information for Blue Badge disabled drivers travelling around London)
Number of Steps
FOYER - 2 steps up STALLS - 20 steps down DRESS CIRCLE - 30 steps up (steps lead to the back of the Dress Circle only) UPPER CIRCLE - 56 steps up (steps lead to the back of the Upper Circle only) BALCONY - 80 steps up (very steep)
Step free access is available into the Stalls through an EXIT door on Shaftesbury Avenue and open 30 minutes before the performance. There is one 3cm step into the theatre and a slight incline to the Stalls. Please speak to a member of the front of house team at the main entrance and they will accompany through to your seats.
There are 2 wheelchair spaces in row W26 & W27 of the Stalls with companion seats alongside. Wheelchair transfer seats are available to any end of row seat in the Stalls. Access into the auditorium is through a side EXIT door on Shaftesbury Avenue next to the theatre box office. Toilet Facilities There is an accessible toilet in the Stalls by the level access entrance.
The theatre uses the Sennheiser infra-red headset system and 6 headsets are available from the front of house staff in main foyer. These headsets are for people who are hard of hearing but please note there is no induction loop system in the auditorium. There is an induction loop at the Box Office to assist hearing aid users when booking tickets. For further information regarding hearing systems, please call the theatre stage door on 0207 434 0088.
The theatre management are happy to look after your Guide/Hearing dog during the performance. Please approach a member of the front of house team when you arrive at the theatre and they will make the necessary arrangements.
Autistic Spectrum Info
The theatre would be grateful for any additional information regarding your needs prior to going to the theatre, especially anything regarding sensory issues or matters relating to Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Please feel welcome to call the theatre management on 0207 434 0088 so they can offer you more assistance throughout your visit.
General Access Info
Audio Description: Singin In The Rain Wednesday 23 January 7.30pm - £37.00 Please note the prices mentioned above are per ticket and only available for the disabled person and companion. Additional tickets are charged at the regular rate.
The Commitments, Roddy Doyle's best-selling novel, is now live on stage for the very first time. After a sensational World Premiere at the Palace Theatre in London's West End, this multi-million pound production is now booking until April 2015. Featuring soul classics Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, RiverDeep, Mountain High, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Reach Out, Uptight, Knock On Wood, I Can't Turn You Loose AND MANY MORE The show, which has been more than two years in the making, has been adapted from the novel by Booker prize winning author Doyle himself and is directed by award winning Jamie Lloyd (Macbeth starring James McAvoy). The Commitments is the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. The show follows the journey of two members of a frustrated synthesizer band - the opening scene we find them playing but being ignored in a shop window - who turn to Jimmy, the local music expert, for help. Placing a classified advert in a music paper, Jimmy auditions a number of wannabes before finalising the new line up who he names The Commitments. The humour kicks in as the band get to know each other and their instruments, and proceed through early rehearsals for their first gig. Just as they improve and begin to get a name for themselves they combust. The backing singers are all getting off with the middle aged horn legend, the singer has entered Eurovision and the saxophone player has dangerous leaning towards a jazz career.
More Information about THE COMMITMENTS Tickets
A ££2.75 transaction fee applies (this will be added to your order on the payment page)
Booking Period: Until 19 April 2015
Running time: 2hrs 20mins with one interval