Quadrophenia stage show tours UK

by Modculture 9 April, 2009

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If you fancy getting up-close and personal with Pete Townshend's 1973 rock opera, you might want to check out the stage version of Quadrophenia, which tours the UK in the coming weeks and months.

We've not seen it, so can't say how it works in practice, but strangely, four actors share the role of Jimmy (playing the romantic, lunatic, tough guy and hypocrite apparently), although the plot and cast for the show seems pretty much in tandem with the movie. However. we suspect stage and movie will be very different beasts.

Townshend likes it though: 'I am excited about this new production. Its genesis in workshop in Cardiff was wonderful, and what is happening now with the Theatre Royal  Plymouth feels right-sized on the one hand, but also insanely ambitious for such a tricky piece.  It's taken a long time, and a lot of wrangling to accept that Quadrophenia is probably never going to work as conventional music theatre. So I hope for a grand and chaotic explosion of music and chorus that revives the memories of being young in the '60s, but also brings those memories to life in the 21st century.'

Want to see it? Read over the page for full tour dates, which kick off in Plymouth on 9th May 2009.

Quadrophenia tour dates:

PLYMOUTH Theatre Royal
9 – 16 May
Box Office 01752 267222
www.theatreroyal.com

BIRMINGHAM Hippodrome
19 – 23 May
0870 730 1234
www.birminghamhippodrome.com

EDINBURGH Festival Theatre
26 – 30 May
0131 529 6000
www.eft.co.uk

GLASGOW Kings Theatre
2 – 6 June
0870 060 6647
www.theambassadors.com

BATH Theatre Royal
9 – 13 June
01225 448844
www.theatreroyal.org.uk

MANCHESTER Opera House
16 – 20 June
0844 847 2295
www.palaceandoperahouse.org.uk

CAMBRIDGE Arts Theatre
22 – 27 June
01223 503333
www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

SUNDERLAND Empire
7 – 11 July
0844 847 24 99
www.sunderlandempire.org.uk

CADIFF New Theatre
15 – 18 July
029 2087 8889
www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

BLACKPOOL Grand
21 – 25 July
01253 290190
www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk

CHELTENHAM Everyman
28 July – 1 August
01242 572573
www.everymantheatre.org.uk

LEEDS Grand
4 – 8 August
0844 848 2706
www.leedsgrandtheatre.co.uk

NOTTINGHAM Concert Hall
11 – 15 August
0115 9895555
www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk

ABERDEEN His Majesty’s
18 – 22 August
01224 641122
www.hmtaberdeen.com

LIVERPOOL Empire
25 – 29 August
0844 847 2525
www.liverpoolempire.org.uk

BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
1– 5 September
08700 606 650
www.theambassadors.com

SOUTHAMPTON Mayflower
8 – 12 September
02380 711811
www.mayflower.org.uk

NORWICH Theatre Royal
15 – 19 September
01603 630000
www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

WOLVERHAMPTON Grand
22 – 26 September
01902 42 92 12
www.grandtheatre.info

COVENTRY Belgrade
29 September – 3 October
024 7655 3055
www.belgrade.co.uk

  • Dave Snowdon

    Went to see Quadrophenia,last night, at Sunderland Empire.Great cast,brilliant musicians,
    very well produced and the 4 Jimmys made the show, however the rest of the cast were equally as good.

  • shaza smith

    Went to see it at Norwich. Just thought it was dire!! Just wish I had stayed at home and saved my money.

  • Kerry Minifey

    Please can you tell me if Quadrophenia will be touring the U.K. in 2010 Thank You