About the show
Epic rock musical The Who’s Tommy electrifies the Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Pete Townshend’s award-winning musical based on The Who’s concept album Tommy, is brought to the Theatre Royal Stratford East. The show is a new co-production between the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich and Ramps On The Moon.
A cast of 22 performers and musicians stage the bizarre tale of a pinball-loving boy living in the 1940s. Despite a whole host of unsavoury characters circling around him, Tommy is a sensational player of the table-top game.
The musical has been entertaining audiences since premiering in 1992 in San Diego. A West End production was performed at the Shaftesbury Theatre from 1996, starring Paul Keating and Kim Wilde. In 1993, it won five Tony Awards, five Drama Desk Awards and one Grammy for best musical show album.
Ramps On The Moon was set up as a collaboration between seven UK theatre companies, including the Theatre Royal Stratford East. It aims to address the invisibility of disabled performers in theatre and to thoroughly embed British Sign Language, audio description and other aspects relating to accessibility into all performances. They also use large casts for their shows (typically around 20) and an equal split of disabled and non-disabled performers.
In line with this, The Who’s Tommy has BSL interpretation, captioning and audio description interwoven into the show.
In 2016, Ramps On The Moon toured their production of Gogol’s The Government Inspector. The co-production with The Birmingham Rep was celebrated as a success by audiences and critics, and singled this group out as an organisation with a bright theatrical future ahead of them.
The Who’s Tommy runs at the Theatre Royal Stratford East from 7 June – 17 July 2017.
Map & Location
Theatre Royal Stratford East
Gerry Raffles Square