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Pete Townshend

The Who's Tommy

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

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure health and safety of our community, this production has been postponed until August 2021 (dates to be confirmed). Our ticketing team is contacting all ticket holders. For any urgent enquiries, please email rsvp@victorianopera.com.au or phone (03) 9001 6412.

MUSICAL – NEW PRODUCTION

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+.

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Dates & Times

Palais Theatre, St Kilda

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

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 [CANCELLED]
Audio Description and Tactile Tour Thursday 20 August [CANCELLED]

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

Cast & Creatives

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Music and Lyrics by PETE TOWNSHEND
Book by PETE TOWNSHEND & DES MCANUFF

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).

Creatives 

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

Cast

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 Hooper

Ensemble 

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.