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Pete Townshend

The Who's Tommy

Palais Theatre, St Kilda
13 Aug 2021 - 21 Aug 2021

Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll are back with a vengeance.

He may be deaf, dumb and blind but he sure plays a mean pinball. Following a traumatic childhood, Tommy’s extraordinary talents catapult him to cult status.

The Who’s 1969 rock opera Tommy was revolutionary. From it came this one-of-a-kind musical that scooped up five Tony Awards.

This story of hope and triumph over adversity will shake your soul with its unforgettable soundtrack. Smash hits like ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘I’m Free’ and ‘Acid Queen’ take you back to the hard rock days of the psychedelic Sixties.

You rockers may have had to wait an extra year but this electrifying, high-octane musical finally hits Melbourne. Use the vibrations to feel your way.

Suitable for mature audiences, ages 15+.



Palais Theatre, St Kilda

Friday 13 August 2021, 7.30 pm
Saturday 14 August 2021, 7.30 pm
Tuesday 17 August 2021, 7.30 pm
Wednesday 18 August 2021, 1.00 pm 
Wednesday 18 August 2021, 7.30 pm
Thursday 19 August 2021, 7.30 pm
Friday 20 August 2021, 7.30 pm
Saturday 21 August 2021, 1.00 pm

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

Sung in English, no surtitles

Suitable for ages 15+

The Who's Tommy on sale dates

Subscriptions are available from Thursday 20 May to Wednesday 2 June. Single tickets on sale from Thursday 3 June at 10:00am

Subscriptions $35-$127
Single Tickets $39-$159

2021 Concession prices include: Pension and Health Care Card holders, Full-time Students, MEAA Members. Other Discount prices available: Senior, 30 Years and Under, Arts Access Victoria. Companion Card ticketing available.

Season 2020 Ticket Holders

All ticket holders from the August 2020 postponed performances have the choice of new dates to transfer their tickets. If no new date is suitable a refund will be offered via the original ticket seller.

If you are a current ticket holder for The Who's Tommy and have not been contacted by Victorian Opera to update your tickets from the 2020 postponed performances, please complete this short survey or contact us via email on

Group Bookings

Group Bookings of 10+ will be available via Ticketmaster from Thursday 20 May at 10:00am. If your booking is for a school or a group larger than 50+ please email Ticketmaster group bookings at or fill out the form here. Available performance for Group Bookings are 17 August to 21 August. 

Group Bookings $85-$110 (A-reserve and B-reserve only)
Schools Bookings $25.00 with 1 free teacher (minimum group 10+)

Creatives & Cast

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 Jack Earle
Director Roger Hodgman
Set Designer Christina Smith
Costume Designer Isaac Lummis
Lighting Designer Matt Scott
Choreographer Dana Jolly
Sound Designer Peter Grubb
Video Designer Jamie Clennett


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


Zoe Coppinger, Mark Doggett, Darcey Eagle, Joshua Gordon, Matt Hamilton, David Hammond, Savannah Lind, Anna Mallows, Joe Meldrum, Nicole Melloy, Adam Noviello, John O’Hara, Matthew Predny, Dean Schulz, Rose Shannon Duhigg, Darren Tyler, Stephanie Wall, Jun Woodfield, Gary Yong

Young Tommy

Hamilton Binnie Garcia, Sebastian Sero, Elijah Slavinskis, Will Wiseman

Book Tickets

Subscriptions $35-$127 (on sale 20 May to 2 June 2021)

Price Type Premium A-Reserve B-Reserve C-Reserve
Adult $127 $103 $79 $35
Concession $119 $95 $71 $35
Senior $123 $99 $75 $35
30 years & Under N/A $30 $30 $30

Single Tickets $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 $45 $35
Arts Access N/A N/A $30 $30
Group (6+) $149 $119 $94 $39
Group (10+) N/A $110 $85 N/A
School Group N/A N/A $25 $25

To book a Group of 10+, please visit the Ticketmaster Groups page. To purchase a School booking or a Group of 50+, email or click here.

For assistance with Subscriptions, please phone the Victorian Opera Subscription line on 1300 822 849 (Monday to Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm). Subscriptions closed on Thursday 2 June.

Ticket prices are correct at time of publishing and may vary. A booking fee may apply. A seating map for this production can be found on the venue website. Information on our Privacy and Ticketing Policies can be found here.

We strongly advise that tickets should only be purchased via authorised ticket sellers. For The Who’s Tommy these may include Arts Centre Melbourne (subscriptions only), Ticketmaster and Halftix. Tickets purchased through unauthorised sellers cannot be guaranteed.

Subscription pricing applies to Full (Adult), Concession, Senior and 30 Years and Under ticket buyers. Discount savings are calculated on full-priced Single Ticket prices for 2021. Concession subscription prices are available to Pension and Health Care Card holders, full-time Students and MEAA Members. Subscriptions must be purchased in a single transaction as a package. A $8.95 Subscription Processing Fee applies per order. Subscriptions for The Who's Tommy close on Wednesday 2 June 2021.