Pete Townshend’s Quadrophenia: A Mod Ballet



In 1973, guitar-smashing rock genius Pete Townshend wrote the epic album QUADROPHENIA.

Recorded by The Who – it quickly became an iconic and multi-million selling album. Quadrophenia defined a generation and in 1979 inspired the cult classic feature film of the same name.

Now it’s back – this time as an explosive dance production – Quadrophenia: A Mod Ballet with a large cast of exceptional dancers, introducing new audiences to troubled mod Jimmy’s story while remaining true in spirit to the much-loved original.

Quadrophenia is steeped in the mythology of the 1960s – sharp suits, soul music, vespas and parkas but its themes of lost youth, rebellion, the search for belonging and hunger for social change are just as urgent today.

A rich, orchestral version of the album by Rachel Fuller, first heard in concert version at The Royal Albert Hall and recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is the backdrop for this adrenaline filled rollercoaster ride.

Choreographer Paul Roberts and Director Rob Ashford bring together some of the UK’s finest creative talent from the worlds of music, theatre, film and dance. With original costumes by renowned British fashion house Paul Smith and Natalie Pryce, projection by Nick Hillel and lighting design by Fabiana Piccioli.

Prepare to be blown away as the power of dance brings a whole new dimension to the raw energy and emotion of one of the UK’s most iconic rock albums.


Writer Pete Townshend
Choreographer Paul Roberts
Director Rob Ashford
Orchestration Rachel Fuller and Martin Batchelar 
Costume Design Paul Smith, Natalie Pryce
Projection Nick Hillel
Lighting Design Fabiana Piccioli

Touring the UK before opening at Sadler’s Wells 24 June – 13 July.
Follow us at


• PLYMOUTH | 28 May – 1 June | Theatre Royal Plymouth
• EDINBURGH | 10 – 14 JUNE | Edinburgh Festival Theatre
• SOUTHAMPTON | 18 June – 21 June | Mayflower Theatre
• LONDON | 24 June – 13 July | Sadler’s Wells
• SALFORD | 15 – 19 July | The Lowry

Tickets on sale
• Patrons Sadler’s Wells from 10.00am 28 June 2024
• Who Fan Club and Mailing List from 10.00am, 1 July 2024
• General Public from 10.00am,  5 July 2024


7 thoughts on “Pete Townshend’s Quadrophenia: A Mod Ballet”

  1. Jon Weden says:

    And then it’ll come to New York?

  2. Roscor says:

    Useless …….
    The 73 album et the 79 Roddam film are the Who greatest masterpieces ……!!!!
    Pete music and story are ….so great, no need to add anything, like Tommy Broadway shows …….
    It’s a put on !!

  3. Colin Camidge says:

    That would make a great t-shirt.

  4. Brian Cady says:

    So once upon a time Kit Lambert had a plan to get revenge for his father Constant Lambert being black-balled by the London orchestral music establishment in the 1930s-40s. His plan was to entice the composer of the rock band he managed into writing a “rock opera” that Kit could then stage in all the tony opera houses and shove it down the throats of the classical music establishment.

    And guess where Constant Lambert was the music director of ballet?

  5. Professor Peter Smith says:

    No wheelchair spaces on presale

  6. Richard says:

    I have bought 2 tickets for opening night at Saddlers Wells… 4rh row from front. Really looking forward to it.

  7. Joe says:

    As a ballet, does that mean there’s no singing or dialogue? I can’t imagine how that will work. The music is phenomenal, but the lyrics are sublime. Pure poetry.
    But as it my favourite album, I’ll see regardless.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.