The Who’s Tommy – 50 years of The Who Anniversary Production
Off West End / Regional
Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Guy James and Ilai Szpiezak present The Who’s Tommy
Wed 29 July – Sun 23 August 2015
Pics: Claire Bilyard
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.
The first UK revival in 19 years will mark the 40th Anniversary of the original film and the 50th Anniversary of The Who with a brand new production with direction by Award Winning theatre Director Michael Strassen (Pacific Overtures, Billy, Assassins), Musical Direction by Kevin Oliver Jones (West End – Thriller Live, Elvis, Dancing in the Streets).
Winner of 5 Tony Awards, 4 Drama Desk Awards, 1 Grammy Award, 1 Theatre World Award and 3 Laurence Olivier Awards.
The Stage 4*
“..galvanising new production”
“Ashley Birchall, wounded but totally winning in the title role, is a life force!”
Plays To See 4*
“…with its incredible choreography, simple staging, and triple-threat cast, really is the sort of event which renews your faith in the dramatic arts.”
“..this is a first rate production which deserves to be seen.”
West End Wilma 5*
“a phenomenal group of talent”
“the crowd was a riot, the actors were high-energy, and the band was rockin’ along on the side too.”
“I would highly recommend you make a visit too..”