The Who’s classic rock opera Tommy will feature in a limited run at Greenwich Theatre this summer.
Almost 20 years after its last UK production, Tommy is brought back to life in an edgier portrayal of the hit rock musical.
The release coincides with the 40th anniversary of the original film and the 50th anniversary of the formation of The Who.
The staging at Greenwich Theatre is based on the iconic 1969 double-album rock opera about hope, healing, and the human spirit – with a “deaf, dumb and blind kid” at the centre of the action.
After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother’s lover by his father, Tommy enters into a life of abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbours. However, through his knack for playing pinball he manages to break onto a path of international superstardom.
Ashley Birchall, who plays Tommy, said: “Playing a deaf, dumb and blind character was an interesting challenge, but our choreographer Mark [Smith] is deaf himself so he helped with the coordination and other details – like how he feels a lot through the vibrations.
“When I heard about an audition for the musical I was straight away onto it as I’m traditionally from a rock musical background and have that raspy voice. And discovering it was from The Who as well – I just had to take it.
“With this version it is slightly darker than the original so that people go away feeling a bit more of the story.”
Tommy, Greenwich Theatre, July 29-Aug 23, various times and dates, £15- £25 .