Rock opera Quadrophenia, created by the Who's Pete Townshend, has been adapted into a stage production for the first time and will hit theatres in the U.K. from May 9.

Staged in association with Industrial Language Ltd, the production has been written by Jeff Young and will be directed by Tom Critchley with music supervision and arrangements by John O'Hara.

"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," said Townshend in a statement. "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."

The production will begin at Plymouth's Theatre Royal and conclude Sept. 29 at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre.

Originally released as an album in 1973 by the Who, Quadrophenia is a coming-of-age tale based in London and Brighton, set in the mod era of the 1960s. In 1979, it was made into a film, starring Sting, Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Toyah Wilcox and Ray Winstone.

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