Until 8 Oct 2005. This new production of the 1960s counter-culture musical, running at the Gate Theatre until 8 October, has been updated radically for todays audiences. Rather than focusing on the Vietnam War as the original did 30 years ago, this version sees the protagonists turn their attentions to the current War in Iraq. The modernisation doesnt stop there; the Iraq War, Global Warming and substance abuse relating to Prozac rather than LSD help to give the musical new setting. But the famous songs Aquarius, Let the Sunshine In, Good Morning Starshine, Hair are performed with the same gusto and intensity of the originals. The original writers of Hair, James Rado and Galt MacDermot, worked together with Director Daniel Kramer on this contemporary adaptation in an attempt to challenge a modern audience in the same way that original challenged in its day.
On Mondays 20 tickets are available on the door on a first come, first served basis, one ticket per person. Tickets cost 20, 15 (concessions) 12 (students). Mon-Fri 19.30 (Sat 14.30)
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Hair - The Musical
The Gate Theatre, 11 Pembridge Road, W11 from 12 Sept-8 Oct. The closest tube station is Notting Hill Gate, tel. +442072290706.