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Pete Townshend

The Who's Tommy

Palais Theatre, St Kilda
14 Aug 2020 - 22 Aug 2020

Tommy, can you hear me?


Legendary British band The Who extended the possibilities of rock ‘n’ roll to new horizons in the 1960s and 70s. From their iconic 1969 rock opera album Tommy comes a five-time Tony Award-winning musical – a high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical experience.

Tommy’s traumatic childhood leaves his senses paralysed, but despite being deaf, dumb and blind, the teenager plays a mean pinball game. His extraordinary talent catapults him to international superstardom in this inspiring story of hope, healing, and triumph over adversity.

With music and lyrics by The Who’s guitarist and vocalist Pete Townshend, the electrifying and timeless score features smash hits such as ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘I’m Free’ and ‘Acid Queen’.

Get ready to rock on with The Who’s Tommy as it takes over Melbourne’s rock ‘n’ roll stomping ground with raw energy and music that has the power to shake your soul.

Recommended for mature audiences, ages 15+.


Dates & Times

Palais Theatre, St Kilda

Friday 14 August, 7.30pm
Saturday 15 August, 7.30pm
Tuesday 18 August, 7.30pm
Wednesday 19 August, 7.30pm
Thursday 20 August, 7.30pm
Friday 21 August, 7.30pm
Saturday 22 August, 1:00pm

Running time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, plus one interval

Sung in English, no surtitles

Suitable for ages 15+

Patrons' Pre-show Drinks Tuesday 18 August
Audio Description and Tactile Tour Thursday 20 August

Price reserve maps for this production can be found on our Venue Information page.

Cast & Creatives

Music and Lyrics by PETE TOWNSHEND

Additional Music and Lyrics by JOHN ENTWISTLE and KEITH MOON
Originally Produced on Broadway by Pace Theatrical Group and Dodger Productions with Kardana Productions

Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).


Musical Director Laura Tipoki
Director Roger Hodgman
Set Designer Christina Smith
Costume Designer Isaac Lummis
Lighting Designer Matt Scott
Sound Designer Peter Grubb
Choreographer Dana Jolly


Narrator / Tommy Mat Verevis
Captain Walker Chris Ryan
Mrs. Walker Amy Lehpamer
The Gypsy (Acid Queen) Paul Capsis
Uncle Ernie Kanen Breen
Cousin Kevin Vincent Cooper


Sheridan Anderson, Jared Bryan, Monique Dawes, Mark Doggett, Darcey Eagle, Courtney Glass, Matt Hamilton, David Hammond, Savannah Lind, Louis Lucente, John O'Hara, Matthew Predny, Emma Russell, Dean Schulz, David Sirianni, Darren Tyler, Jessica Vellucci, and Stephanie Wall.


Book Tickets

Single ticket prices $39-$159

Price Type Premium A-Reserve B-Reserve C-Reserve
Adult $159 $129 $99 $39
Concession $149 $119 $89 $39
Senior $154 $124 $94 $39
30 years & Under N/A N/A $49 $35
Group (6+) $149 $119 $89 $39
Arts Access N/A N/A $30 $30

Phone bookings can be made via Ticketmaster on 136 100. For group booking of 10+ (including school groups) please contact Ticketmaster Groups on 1300 889 278 or If you have any issues or questions regarding a Season 2020 subscription, please phone the Victorian Opera Subscription line on 1300 822 849. Subscriptions closed on Monday 16 March 2020.

Ticket prices are correct at time of publishing and may vary. A booking fee may apply. Price reserve maps for this production can be found on our Venue Information page. Information on our Privacy and Ticketing Policies can be found here.

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