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New immersive production celebrates show's 50th anniversary.
A new immersive production of the 60s rock musical HAIR transfers from Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre to The Vaults beneath Waterloo Station to celebrate the 50th anniversary year since the show opened on Broadway. This revival runs at The Vaults from 4 October to 3 December 2017, with an official opening on 10 October 2017.
Described as a "mini Woodstock from the moment the audience arrive" the Vaults will be transformed into a fully immersive 60s venue, complete with pop-up restaurants, bars and hippie wigs. The production takes place in the intimate 200 seater venue and will feature guest appearances, a speakers corner, beat poets and midnight film screenings.
HAIR features book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot. This new revival is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Ollie Rosenblatt for Senbla and Joseph Houston and William Whelton for Hope Mill Theatre. It is directed by Jonathan O’Boyle with musical direction by Gareth Bretherton, choreography by William Whelton, set and costume design by Maeve Black and sound by Max Perryment & Chris Bogg.
"1967 and HAIR‘s hippie-hood youngsters live as The Tribe, in the East Village of New York: yearning to change the world, questioning authority and the American flag. They are wild, colourful, free, sexually liberated beautiful people who join in protest and song - under the shadow of the Vietnam War. Featuring classic hit songs: "Aquarius", "Let the Sun Shine In" and "Good Morning Star Shine" - and the story of youth and war still resounds throughout the world making this a topical musical for the millennial generation. 2017 vividly sees the world protesting and marching, fighting for freedom of speech; from Trump to Brexit via Syria – the core spirit of HAIR."
HAIR originally premiered off-Broadway in 1967 at Joseph Papp's Public Theater and transferred to the Cheetah nightclub to January 1968. It opened on Broadway in April 1968 and went on to run for 1,750 performances. The London premiere production ran for 1,997 performances.
Casting for the production is yet to be announced.