Before the critics have even had a chance to have their say, Notting Hill’s Gate Theatre first foray into musical theatre seems to be a big success (See News, 28 Apr 2005). The full run of the Gate’s production of 1968 Broadway musical Hair, which opens tonight (22 September 2005, previews from 12 September), sold out weeks ago. It’s only scheduled until 8 October currently but is likely to extend until at least the end of next month. And it may well have a life beyond that as well – numerous commercial producers have already been checking out the production squeezed into the intimate 70-seater venue. In Hair, a love triangle between shy Claude and his friends Sheila and the charismatic Berger is played out amongst a group of New York drop-outs called The Tribe, with a foreign war looming. The musical has a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot. The Gate production, radically updated to a contemporary setting, stars Charles Aitken, Joanna Ampil and Kevin Wathen and is directed by Daniel Kramer.