Classic rock musical Hair will be the second in-house musical theatre production at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester’s new independent theatre and event space.
With a creative team led by director Jonathan O’Boyle (Four Play and Sense of an Ending at Theatre503, The Surplus at the Young Vic and associate director on Mack & Mabel, The Scottsboro Boys and The Judas Kiss) and musical director Gareth Bretherton (The Verb, To Love – original London cast at The Old Red Lion Theatre, Seasons of Larson at the Lyric Theatre, London), Hair will run from Saturday 12 November to Saturday 3 December (press night is 16 November).
Produced by Hope-Mill’s co-owners Joseph Houston and William Whelton and new resident producer, Aria Entertainment’s Katy Lipson, Hair follows on from the success of the team’s first production Parade which played to packed houses earlier this year.
Whelton, who also choreographed Parade and will take on the same role on Hair, said: “Hair is my favourite musical and it has always been my dream to choreograph a production. Ever since its debut on stage in the 60s it has been a musical that connects with its audiences and deals with heartening issues such as war, acceptance and liberation. Hair really defined a new age of rock musical as we know it today and I look forward to creating and re-imagining this iconic musical in our very own theatre space.”
Aria Entertainment’s residency comes with a commitment to co-produce three more new musicals at Hope Mill next year and follows on from the premiere of Parade in May.
Lipson added: “Our collaboration grew after hearing about Hope Mill on social media. I visited the venue and said there and then I wanted to co-produce the first in-house musical there. As a producer it excites me to present a piece for the very first time or bring back a piece in a new and interesting way. I was absolutely blown away with the reaction we had to Parade. It achieved everything we could have possibly wanted and more. What we have in store for 2017 is incredibly ambitious but exciting.”.
Director O’Boyle said: “I’m thrilled to be directing Hair at the Hope Mill in Manchester. The Hope Mill Theatre and the team there have already firmly placed themselves at the forefront of theatre in Manchester and I can’t wait to collaborate with them. Hair was one of my first introductions to musical theatre. It is a truly groundbreaking and iconic musical that has withstood the test of time and we can’t wait to share this brand new, re-invented production with Manchester.”