The Who’s Tommy is an iconic rock opera which has entertained and intrigued audiences for more than 40 years. The original concept album composed by Pete Townshend was the fourth album released by the band in 1969. The rock opera was then resurrected through various media including an orchestral version by Lou Reizner in 1972, a film in 1975 with a star studded cast including the likes of Tina Turner, Elton John and the band members themselves, before coming to the stage at the Queen’s Theatre in 1979. The Broadway revival in 1992 won various awards including five Tony awards and a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album.
Director Kerry Michael is artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East. His recent credits include Harder They Come, which transferred to the Barbican, national tour, West End, North America and Canada.
Tommy is part of Ramps On The Moon, a ground-breaking project which signals a change in the UK’s disability arts provision. The show is produced by the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, who leads the Ramps on the Moon consortium, and directed by artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Kerry Michael.
Ramps On The Moon is a consortium of seven major theatre companies committed to putting Deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work; to accelerate positive change, explore opportunities and stimulate awareness of disability issues within arts and culture. The project is supported by public funding through the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring programme – the largest award of its kind. The consortium venues are New Wolsey Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Graeae Theatre Company.
All performances include a creative use of Audio Description, British Sign Language Interpretation and Captioning