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Rock musical Tommy to hit Leeds

The Pinball Wizard arrives at West Yorkshire Playhouse in May.

Photograph Mike Kwasniak

West Yorkshire Playhouse have announced that Tommy, The Who’s celebrated rock opera, will arrive on the Quarry stage from 4th May.

The spectacular revival is a co-production between The New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Ramps on the Moon – a consortium of seven theatre companies including West Yorkshire Playhouse, committed to putting deaf and disabled artists at the centre of their work.

This year Tommy includes two new songs written exclusively by Pete Townshend, who composed The Who’s original 1969 concept album. Townshend said: “This is a totally new adventure, and really does refer back to my original story in which a young man, disabled by extreme trauma, finds his way to some kind of spiritual place because he can feel music.”

A blue plaque at The University of Leeds’ Refectory commemorates the recording of The Who’s Live at Leeds in 1970, widely regarded as one of the greatest ever live albums, which originally contained six tracks released on LP, but also included a live recording of Tommy, later released in 2001.

Tommy is at West Yorkshire Playhouse from Thursday 4th to Saturday 13th May. Book online wyp.org.uk or call the box office on 0113 213 7700.

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