I saw Hair (three times – I loved it!) when it opened in London in the autumn of 1968, so for me last night’s revival in Brighton was a trip down Memory Lane. For younger members of the audience it may have served as a History Lesson. Hippies must seem as distant as cavemen (whom my mum always said they resembled).
It’s a lively show, raucous and profane. I didn’t recog-nise anybody in the touring cast. Paul Wilkins is solid in the central role of Claude, which was played by Paul Nicholas in the original West End production (Nicholas is now one of the pensioners visiting retirement locations abroad in the ‘Marigold Hotel’ TV documentaries – about as far from hippiedom as you can get).
|The original 1968 poster|
It's probably just me (eligible
for the Marigold retire-ment tour), but this revival didn’t generate the thrill
I got in the 1960s. Still, the nostalgia is welcome and the show explodes with
energy. The tour rolls on after Brighton. Sit in the stalls if you want to
dance with the cast on stage during the finale.