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Hair the Musical starring Jake Quickenden brings 50th anniversary show to Dartford

By Angela Cole

It’s 50 years since the world was first introduced to Hair - The Musical.

Winner of the 2018 WhatsOnStage Award, the exuberant 50th anniversary production of the legendary rock musical is setting out on a major UK regional tour this year, fresh from its sell-out London run earlier this year.

The story is set in 1967 and Hair’s hippie ‘tribe’ of youngsters in the East Village of New York are yearning to change the world, questioning authority and the American flag. Wild, colourful, sexually liberated and free, they are united in protest and song, under the shadow of the Vietnam War.

Hair the Musical celebrates the 60s Summer of Love Picture: Johan Persson
Hair the Musical celebrates the 60s Summer of Love Picture: Johan Persson

Adored for its Grammy award winning score featuring iconic hits such as Aquarius, Let the Sunshine In, I Got Life and Good Morning Starshine, the show aims to have you celebrating life, freedom and

equality.

Written by Gerome Ragni and James Rado - who together wrote the book and lyrics - and Galt MacDermot, who wrote the music, it entices audiences to come and join the tribe and relive the summer of love.

The dazzling 50th anniversary production of Hair is set to burst onto the Kent stage in all its full psychedelic glory.

Read our review here

Jake Quickenden stars in Hair the Musical Picture: Johan Persson
Jake Quickenden stars in Hair the Musical Picture: Johan Persson

Its cast includes The X Factor star and Dancing on Ice winner Jake Quickenden, who also appeared n ITV's I'm a Celebrity in 2014. Jake, who plays Berger, recently came to several venues across the county with The Dreamboys and is also set to star in the panto at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone, Beauty and the Beast.

Jake Quickenden stars in Hair the Musical
Jake Quickenden stars in Hair the Musical

Daisy Wood-Davis stars as Sheila. She comes to the production with stage credits including Dreamboats and Petticoats and The Rocky Horror Show, while her screen credits also include, EastEnders, Holby City and she has also starred in the Richard Curtis film, The Boat That Rocked, about the beginnings of pirate radio.

Daisy Wood-Davis stars Picture: Johan Persson
Daisy Wood-Davis stars Picture: Johan Persson

The X Factor 2011 finalist and star of Kinky Boots the Musical, Marcus Collins, joins the cast as Hud.

The anniversary production is directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, who is reunited with the creative team from Hope Mill Theatre. The show has just one date in Kent, and it is at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford.

Hair the Musical is 50 years old Picture: Johan Persson
Hair the Musical is 50 years old Picture: Johan Persson

DETAILS

Hair the Musical is at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford from Monday, May 13 to Saturday, May 18. To book tickets from £25, go online at orchardtheatre.co.uk or telephone 01322 220000. The show is suitable for ages 14 and above as it contains some nudity.

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