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Hair returns to London for 50th anniversary production

The '60s musical will receive an immersive revival at The Vaults

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The company of Hair
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Hope Mill Theatre's acclaimed production of '60s musical Hair will transfer to The Vaults in October for an immersive production to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary.

With a book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot, Hair is set in the East Village of New York in 1967 and tells the story of a tribe of young people yearning to change the world - under the shadow of the Vietnam War. It features the songs "Aquarius", "Let the Sun Shine In" and "Good Morning Star Shine".

Directed by Jonathan O'Boyle, the production will be preceded by an immersive experience including pop-up restaurants and themed stalls. Post-show entertainment will include '60s discos, live bands, and screenings of iconic '60s movies.

The production is mounted by young producers Katy Lipson, Ollie Rosenblatt, Joseph Houston and William Whelton. On the unique transfer, they 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 will run at The Vaults from 10 October to 3 December, with previews from 4 October.