Great fun – but has the world moved on? Hair, The Vaults, review –

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

In 1968, Hair arrived in London’s West End like a patchouli-scented, spliff-toking upstart. One of the first productions to be emancipated by the abolition of the Theatres Act (which ended the Lord Chamberlain’s powers of censorship), this hippy musical featured nudity and a song, Sodomy, which listed all manner of sexual acts.

This exuberant production from Jonathan O’Boyle embraces the spirit of Sixties permissiveness as the Tribe, a group of politically engaged Greenwich Village hippies fighting for free love and against conscription into the Vietnam War, effortlessly rattle their way through Galt MacDermot’s glorious score. Indeed, the hit ratio is incredibly high – Aquarius, of course, but also Good Morning Starshine, I Got Life (covered famously by Nina Simone) and the title track (“My hair like Jesus wore it, Hallelujah! I adore it.””).


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