The Who's Tommy

The Who's Tommy


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Based on the iconic 1969 double album rock opera.


The Who’s Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing, and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years.

This five-time TONY Award, four-time Drama Desk Award and three-time Olivier Award winning musical was translated to the stage by theatrical wizard Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, Guys & Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar) and Pete Townshend into a high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event.

After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother's lover by his father, Tommy is traumatised into catatonia, and as the boy grows, he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbours. As an adolescent, he's discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball, and when his mother finally breaks through his catatonia, he becomes an international pinball superstar.


Ashley Birchall, John Barr, Carly Burns, James Sinclair, Giovanni Spanó, Carrie Sutton, Miranda Wilford, Danny Becker, Scott Sutcliffe, Alice Mogg.

Creative Team

Music and Lyrics    :    Pete Townshend
Book    :    Pete Townshend & Des McAnuff
Additional Music and Lyrics    :    John Entwistle and Keith Moon
Director    :    Michael Strassen
Musical Direction    :    Kevin Oliver Jones
Designer    :    Nik Corral
Lighting design    :    David Howe
Choreography    :    Mark Smith


"Making the ordinary, extraordinary, because life is not a dress rehearsal.”

- Ilai Szpiezak