Casting has been revealed for Hope Mill Theatre’s second in-house musical theatre production, the classic rock musical Hair.
The production, which is also the second show resulting from the partnership between the new Manchester theatre space and London arts producer Aria Entertainment, will play the venue from 12 November until 3 December.
Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, Hair will feature a cast including Ryan Anderson (We Will Rock You); Linford Johnson (Show Boat); Robert Metson (The Sound of Music international tour); Laura Johnson (Grease); Shekinah McFarlane (Parade); Chloe Carrington (Spring Awakening); Kristen Wright (Elaine Page 50th Anniversary Farewell Tour); Liam Ross Mills (Rocky Horror Show European tour); Andrew Patrick Walker (Down to Margate); Joel Burman (Xanadu); Natalie Green (Wicked – UK tour) and Koryann Stevens (BBC TV’s School For Stars).
Produced by Hope Mill’s co-owners Joseph Houston and Will Whelton, along with new resident producer Aria’s Katy Lipson, the show’s creative team includes musical director Gareth Bretherton, production designer Maeve Black and choreographer William Whelton. Casting was by Benjamin Newsome Casting.
Commenting on the show, Lipson said: “I feel incredibly honoured and excited to be producing Hair the musical at the beautiful Hope Mill Theatre. After the success of our first production, Parade, I can’t wait to share the iconic tribal musical Hair with audiences new and old! It couldn’t be a more appropriate time to revive this revolutionary show.”
The 120-seat Hope Mill Theatre in the Ancoats area of Manchester opened in December last year and is part of a converted Grade II listed former cotton mill that also houses studios for writers, artists and designers; events space and a café and bar.
The producers behind the popular new musical showcase From Page to Stage, Aria Entertainment joined forces with the Hope Mill Theatre earlier this year to help establish the venue as a place to showcase and revive musical theatre productions. Aria’s residency also comes with a commitment to co-producing three new musicals at Hope Mill in 2017 and making in-house productions exclusively musical theatre.