Mods and rockers to battle it out in London's West End, as Pete Townshend takes 'Quadrophenia' to the stage...

PETE TOWNSHEND has said he plans to turn ‘QUADROPHENIA’ into a WEST END musical.

Speaking on his official website, [url=], The Who founder said he is working with playwright Joe Penhall to develop a script, which has been given its blessing by the director of the National Theatre in London, Trevor Nunn.

He said: “Trevor Nunn, the director of the National Theatre here in London, has at last given his blessing to the development of a script and new score for a theatre musical version of ‘Quadrophenia’. The book is being written by the award-winning playwright Joe Penhall, with myself interfering a fair bit.

“Joe… has a real gift for working with music, I think, and we are preparing for our first music workshop in late April.”

Townshend added that he is “very excited and pleased” about the project.

The film ‘Quadrophenia’ became a cult classic following its release in 1979, and starred Phil Daniels and Leslie Ash as mods in ’60s London.

A spokesperson for the National Theatre said they were unaware of the project.