Hope Mill Theatre’s Hair transfers to The Vaults

Picture: Anthony Robling

The Hope Mill Theatre production of Hair. Picture: Anthony Robling

The acclaimed Hope Mill Theatre production of the iconic rock musical Hair transfers to London in autumn 2017, celebrating its 50th anniversary year.

Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, the show plays The Vaults from 4 October to 3 December (press night is 10 October).

The production of Hair created a huge buzz in Manchester when it opened at the award-wining Hope Mill Theatre and was nominated for the MEN City Life Award (Best Theatre Production).

The producers are Aria’s Katy Lipson and Senbla’s Ollie Rosenblatt, along with the the owners of Hope Mill, Joseph Houston and William Whelton.

Like a mini Woodstock, from the moment the audience arrive, The Vaults will be transformed into a fully immersive 1960s venue, with psychedelic innovative creatives, iconic artwork and hippie flower power.

There will be 60s themed pop up restaurants and themed drinks, plus stalls including: vintage and tie-dye clothes, memorabilia, hippie wigs and flower headdresses, and vinyls.

Post-show will see a busy programme including: club nights, live bands, special evenings (including the Gala Night 17/10 celebrating the actual opening Off-Broadway of Hair 50 years ago), guest appearances, beat poets, midnight film nights of iconic 1960s movies, art and photography exhibits, a busking area, and even a ‘show and tell’ area (visitors will be encouraged to bring along their own iconic 60s memorabilia).

The team of young producers said: “We were overwhelmed by the reaction to our vibrant young production of Hair – and it deserved a future. We saw The Vaults and knew this continually topical and moving musical needed to be celebrated in London, as it hits 50.”

Hair has book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, with music by Galt MacDermot.

Director by Jonathan O’Boyle is joined by musical director Gareth Bretherton, choreographer William Whelton, set and costume designer Maeve Black and sound designers Max Perryment and Chris Bogg.


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