This time around, the emphasis will firmly be on modern and chic, with no hippies in sight (not on stage, at any rate). Vidal Sassoon will be providing up to-the-minute hair stylings for the cast.
As the industry paper observes, the Gate’s 28-year-old artistic director Thea Sharrock is busy, although she’ll leave directing duties on Hair to Gate Associate Daniel Kramer. Having seen her production of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit bed in at the Savoy Theatre, she will head to the West End again in October 2005 to direct Tom Stoppard’s new version of the French play Le Vent des Peupliers. That will star John Hurt, Richard Griffiths and Ken Stott. Then a return to the Gate will find Sharrock directing rare Eugene O’Neill, The Emperor Jones, to open Nov. 21.
The Gate is seen as one of the more prestigious London fringe venues to run, a potential jumping-off point for an important directorial career. Previous artistic directors there include Stephen Daldry, whose production of Billy Elliot — The Musical recently opened in Theatreland, and Mick Gordon, one-time associate director of the National.
Booking for Hair begins July 18. It will be designed by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting design by Charles Balfour. Steven Hill will be musical director, with choreography by Ann Yee.
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