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Quadrophenia at the New Theatre, Cardiff     

Quadrophenia at the New Theatre, Cardiff
Pete Townshend’s stunning score brings the iconic rock opera Quadrophenia to life in an original stage adaptation of the The Who’s legendary album. Set in London and Brighton at the height of the Mod era, Quadrophenia brilliantly captures the excitement of a nation on the brink of change. It visits the New Theatre, Cardiff from Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 July.

Having been staged by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama at Sherman Cymru, Quadrophenia has been expanded into full scale touring musical. The evocative world of sixties Britain provides a colourful backdrop to this coming of age story which is told through the eyes of Jimmy, a hedonistic style conscious teenager in search of place to belong and a girl to love. Misunderstood by his parents and stuck in a dead end job, he sets off on a trip to Brighton that will change his life forever.

Quadrophenia began shortly after the May 1972 session to attempt to create a follow-up to Who's Next. Pete Townshend originally intended a mini-opera about the members of The Who called "Rock Is Dead - Long Live Rock." Ultimately his attention went more to a central character like Tommy, here called Jimmy, who would be a Who fan of the Mod era but would also embody The Who.

The album Quadrophenia was released by The Who in 1973 followed by the iconic film in 1979. Rolling Stone magazine and VH1 have named it one of the 100 Greatest Albums of all Time.

Quadrophenia is at the New Theatre, Cardiff from Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 July. Suitable for ages 15+. Tickets range from £7.50 - £27 and can booked via the Box Office on 029 2087 8889 or online* at

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