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Pete Townshend

The Who's Tommy

Palais Theatre, St Kilda
14 Aug 2020 - 21 Aug 2020

Rock. Rattle. Roll. Pinball.


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 2020, 7.30pm
Saturday 15 August 2020, 7.30pm
Tuesday 18 August 2020, 7.30pm
Wednesday 19 August 2020, 7.30pm
Thursday 20 August 2020, 7.30pm
Friday 21 August 2020, 7.30pm

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

Cast to be announced March 2020.

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