Full casting has been announced for the upcoming UK tour of the musical HAIR.
Leading the cast will be Jake Quickenden as Berger, Daisy Wood-Davis as Sheila and Marcus Collins as Hud. Quickenden is best known to audiences for appearances on The X Factor, I’m A Celebrity… and Dancing On Ice, which Quickenden won this year. Wood-David is known for her role on TV soap Hollyoaks whilst her stage credits include THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW and DREAMBOATS & PETTICOATS. Collins was a finalist on The X Factor in 2011 and has since appeared on stage in HAIRSPRAY and KINKY BOOTS.
The actors will be joined in the tour by Aiesha Pease, Alison Arnopp, Bradley Judge, David Heywood, Kelly Sweeney, Laura Sillett, Louise Francis, Natalie Green, Paul Wilkins, Spin and Tom Bales.
Jonathan O’Boyle’s revival, which opened at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre in 2017, went on to enjoy a London run at the Vaults the following year. The tour opens at London’s New Wimbledon Theatre on 21st March, and will then continue to Cheltenham, Manchester, Cardiff, Plymouth, Birmingham, Sunderland, Dartford, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Edinburgh, Oxford, Sheffield, Brighton, Milton Keynes, Wolverhampton, Cologne and Glasgow, where the tour concluded in August 2019.
The 1967 musical follows a ‘tribe’ of bohemians in 1960s New York, fighting conscription into the Vietnam War. The musical broke new ground in theatre when it initially opened, with controversial themes such as sexuality, drugs and anti-authoritarianism both shocking and exciting its original audiences. Musical numbers in the show such as ‘Aquarius’ and ‘Let the Sunshine In’ have become hit songs in their own right.
Jonathan O’Boyle directs with musical direction by Gareth Bretherton, choreography by William Whelton, design by Maeve Black, lighting by Ben M Rogers, and sound by Calum Robinson.
HAIR tours the UK from 21st March. Tickets are on sale now.