The Who’s acclaimed musical Tommy its way to Nottingham Playhouse this April with a mammoth cast of 21, who are already in rehearsals learning the steps and songs that go into this epic production. We’re excited to share this show with you, opening in Nottingham on Wednesday 19 April, produced by the wonderful team at New Wolsey Theatre, in co-production with Ramps on the Moon.
One cast member is already familiar with the production. Peter Straker joins the current production as the Acid Queen, having played the narrator in the original stage production. Born in Jamaica, Peter first shot to fame in 1968 when he starred as Hud in the original London production of Hair. He has starred in countless West End productions since, including Hot Stuff, Blues in the Night, The Rocky Horror Show, The Rat Pack, One Love and Holding On. His classical roles include Cassius in Julius Caesar at Bristol Old Vic, and Lucio in Measure for Measure at the National Theatre.
Peter has made several appearances in film and TV and became a well know face playing Dev in the hit series Connie with Stephanie Beacham. He has an extensive back catalogue of recordings and solo albums, two of which were produced by Freddie Mercury: This One’s On Me and Changeling.
The role of Tommy will be played by William Grint. William trained at Deafinitely Youth Theatre and his credits Emma Rice’s Imogen at Shakespeare’s Globe. Film credits includes: Chasing Cotton Clouds, Strangers and The Quiet Ones. William also won the Best Actor award for Strangers at Clin D’Oeil International Festival for Deaf Culture in 2013.
Nottingham Playhouse audiences will already be familiar with Amy Trigg, who returns to our stage to play the role Sally Simpson. Amy broke hearts as Laura Wingfield in Giles Croft’s production of The Glass Menagerie in 2016, garnering rave reviews for her “outstanding performance” (The Stage).
Other members of the cast include Max Runham (Graeae’s The Threepenny Opera, HOME’s The Funfair) as Captain Walker, Garry Robson (Graeae’s Reasons to be Cheerful and The Threepenny Opera) as Uncle Ernie, and Donna Mullings (Derby Theatre’s Pulse, and Love Labour’s Lost at Shakespeare’s Globe) as Mrs Walker.
You can keep up with how the cast are getting on in rehearsals by following the #TommyTour Diaries on the Ramps on the Moon website. Make sure you also follow Ramps on the Moon on Instagram for some sneaky peeks behind the scenes!