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Commitments' West End launch delayed due to Thatcher funeral

The Roddy Doyle play was due to be launched next week.

Rehearsals for the funeral of Margaret Thatcher earlier today.
Rehearsals for the funeral of Margaret Thatcher earlier today.
Image: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/Press Association Images

THE FUNERAL OF former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher next week has led to one unusual delay – that of the launch of The Commitments theatre show in London’s West End.

While the funeral route does not pass by the location of the play, the Palace Theatre, the PR team have decided to delay the official launch to Tuesday 23 April.

The play is an adaptation of the Roddy Doyle novel that was itself turned into a movie in the 1990s. Open auditions were held for the production, which is directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Those lucky enough to be chosen for a role in The Commitments had to be available for a year-long contract, as well as of course, possessing great music skills.

Thatcher’s funeral will take place on Wednesday at St Paul’s Cathedral and among those attending from Ireland will be Education Minister Ruairí Quinn, as neither the Taoiseach nor Tánaiste can attend.

Rehearsals have been underway for the funeral, with members of the British forces pictured carrying carriage a coffin draped in the Union flag from the cathedral early this morning.

Read: Here’s who is attending Thatcher’s funeral on behalf of the Irish government…>

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