Shaftesbury Theatre ,
20th February 1996 - 8th February 1997
Mrs Walker ..... Kim Wilde
Captain Walker ..... Alistair
Uncle Ernie ..... Ian
Minister ..... Steve Devreaux
Minister´s Wife .....
Nurse ..... Megan Bertie
Officer #1 ..... Shaun
Officer #2 ..... Spencer
Allied Soldier #1 .....
Allied Soldier #2 .....
Lover ..... John Partridge
Tommy Age 4 ..... Laura
Tommy ..... Paul Keating
Judge ..... Patrick Clancy
Tommy Age 10 ..... Michael
Cousin Kevin ..... Hal
Kevin´s Mother ..... Emma
Kevin´s Father ..... Patrick
Louts , later Security
Guards ..... Spencer Stafford/Nigel Harman/Shaun Escoffery
Loutettes ..... Beth O´Brien/Megan
Hawker ..... Shaun Escoffery
Harmonica Player .....
The Acid Queen ..... Nicola
1st Pinball Lout .....
2nd Pinball Lout
..... James Gillan
Specialist ..... Gregg
..... Natalie Powers
News Vendor ..... Patrick
Sally Simpson ..... Gail
Mrs Simpson ..... Beth
Mr Simpson ..... Steve
D.J. ..... Patrick Clancy
Understudies / Later Cast
Members / New Tommy Kids :
Dominic Childs , Lacey
Crouch , Matthew Gould , Frederike Haas , Stephen Jowitt , Charlotte
Mason-Apps , Gabi Thompson , Justyn Towler , Geoffrey Tyler , Ian Waller
, Tara Wilkinson , Alex Bird , Stuart Cross , Alexander Gray , Natalie
Holtom , Adam Jessop , Mimi Schofield , Andrew James Simpson , Michael
Wall, Jerome Wright
last but not least :
The loveliest "Tommy"
conductor ..... Colin Welford
The year is 1940. Against
the backdrop of world war II appears a montage of the Walkers' meeting,
courtship, marriage, Capt. Walker's departure for the front and his
capture and internment in a POW camp. The scene shifts to London where
two officers arrive at 22 Heathfield Gardens to bring Mrs. Walker the
tragic news that her husband did not return. The following year a nurse
gently hands Mrs. Walker her newborn son.
1945: Capt. Walker is freed and heads home, arriving as Mrs. Walker
is celebrating her birthday with her lover and four-year-old son. Looking
in a mirror, Tommy sees the furious Capt. Walker shoot and kill the
lover. The Walkers realize what Tommy has witnessed and vehemently tell
him to forget everything he's seen and heard. The police arrive to investigate
while Tommy just stares at his own reflection. The Narrator - Tommy's
older self- appears, visible only to Tommy. The scene shifts to a courtroom
where Capt. Walker is found not guilty, but the family celebration dies
out as they realize Tommy is now deaf, dumb and blind. The Walkers take
Tommy to a hospital for examination.
1950: The Walkers take ten-year-old Tommy to church and to a family
Christmas dinner where he responds to Uncle Ernie's French horn playing
and to the older Tommy's unseen presence. Uncle Ernie, who, once alone
with Tommy, molests him. Tommy's next baby-sitter, Cousin Kevin, taunts
him mercilessly and then takes him to the youth club where, to everyone's
astonishment, Tommy plays pinball brilliantly.
Encouraged, the Walkers try another doctor who tests Tommy without success.
The Hawker approaches Capt. Walker and promises a miracle cure through
a prostitute, the Gypsy, but Mr. Walker ends up snatching the boy away
in horror. The act ends in 1958 as a group of youths eagerly await the
teenaged Tommy at the amusement arcarde. The Narrator and Tommy are
The year is 1960. Tommy
has become the pinball champion and hero of the neighboorhood lads.
Mr. Walker, still in search of a cure, convinces Mrs. Walker to try
once more, and they take Tommy to high-tech medical specialists for
elaborate tests, but to no avail.
Later, n the street, a group of teenaged louts surround Tommy and carry
him home, where the Walkers, at their wits' end, compassionately confront
one another about what is to be done with their son. Tommy stares into
the mirror as Mrs. Walker tries desperately to reach him. Frustrated,
she smashes the mirror. With the mirror shattered, Tommy becomes conscious,
announces his freedom, rejects his family and leaves home. His "miracle
cure" hits the news.
From 1961 to 1963 Tommy is lionized by the public and the press and
begins appearing in stadiums, where Uncle Ernie tries to capitalize
on his stardom. At one of the concerts his teenaged fan Sally Simpson
manages to get on stage and touchTommy, but when he pushes her aside,
she falls and is pummeled by the guards. Aghast, Tommy realizes how
caught up in the celebrity machine he has become. He tends to her and
invites everyone back to his house. Once there, in front of the gathering
crowd, Sally asks Tommy how she can be more like him, Rather naively,
he insists there is no reason to be like him.
Disenchanted with their hero for failing to provide salvation, the crowd,
refusing to accept his answer, turns on him and leaves. After they've
departed, Tommy, left alone with only his family, hears the voice of
his ten-year-old self and, for a moment, seems to be reverting to his
old state. but instead, he turns to his family and ambraces them in
acceptance and understanding. The amazing journey is now complete.
It's a boy
Amazing Journey (reprise)
See me, feel me
Do you think it's alright
See me, feel me (reprise)
Eyesight to the blind
There's a doctor
Go to the mirror
Listening to you
Tommy, can you hear me
I believe my own eyes
Smash the mirror
I'm free / Pinball Wizard
Tommy's Holiday camp
We're not gonna take it
See me, feel me / Listening to you (reprise)