Thursday Theatre News: Hair, Petticoats and Star-Studded Lamps

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Dreamboats and Petticoats returns to the West End in JanuaryThis week’s news is dominated by the news about Hair coming back to London’s West End!

We’re too young to know anything about the original(!) but we’ve heard our parents talking about it, recognise the songs (Aquarius and Let The Sunshine In) and it all the stories about it from the 60s sound incredible. (Plus, anything starring Elaine Paige, Richard O’Brien, Tim Curry and Paul Nicholas must’ve been amazing!)

It’s also exciting to have the first entire Tony-award-winning Broadway cast opening a musical in London. We’ve got to wait til April, but it’s down in our diaries to get tickets!

In other theatre news, Dreamboats and Petticoats, the musical inspired by an album of 50s songs, is due to reopen in January. From a successful touring show, this musical was so popular at the Savoy this summer, it extended its run by seven weeks!

And now it’s coming back: book your tickets to see it at the Playhouse from 6 January. Anyone out there seen it and want to tell us about it? We’re yet to catch this one.

If you’re looking for a shorter-term theatre fix, Panto season is very nearly upon us! We’ve had news from the Lyric that the rehearsals for Jack and the Beanstalk are well under way. Backstage, the Dame’s seven (count them!) dresses are almost finished, and the 4-metre-tall Giant is getting close to being brought to life…

Over at the New Wimbledon Theatre, we’ve heard news their panto has added another jewel to its star-studded Aladdin’s lamp. Anita Dobson (fresh from baring all in Calendar Girls, but best-known to the world as Angie Watts from EastEnders in the 80s) is the final star to share the role of the Genie of the Lamp alongside Ruby Wax, Pamela Anderson and Paul O’Grady.

Do you have plans to see any of London’s fantastic Pantos? Let us know which baddie you’ll be booing and hissing at over the Christmas season…


  1. Mark says:

    Hair today, gone tomorrow. That’s the West End of London for you. Hair should be fun. I haven’t seen Dreamboats and Petticoats but would love to see more musicals based on Albums. ‘Now That’s What I Call Music (The Musical)’ The sequels are almost endless. Somebody told me that We Will Rock You is to have a sequel too. I am hoping that it’s not true.

  2. Zoe J. Griffiths says:

    I’m so excited about Hair! Here’s hoping there won’t be too much of a culture shock seeing a Broadway show in the West End?

    As for musicals based on albums: maybe in 50 years’ time, someone will do something all nostalgic with the Cafe Del Mar albums. Based in Ibiza, cheap, skimpy costumes, all we need now is a flimsy plot about a missing DJ and some love interest…

  3. Lettice says:

    I gather the last revival of Hair a few years ago featured the talents of John Barrowman!

    I want to see the panto at the Hackney Empire – it’s always hilarious!

  4. Helen says:

    I have seen Dreamboats and Petticoats nigh on 50 times since it opened in Bromley back in Feb this year.
    Its an amazing show with a fantastic cast including last years X Factor finalist SCott Bruton, ex emmerdale actor Ben Freeman, ex Hollyoaks star Jennifer Biddall and the orginal Chris from Birds of a Feather, David Cardy.
    Together with three new stars, the talented Daisy Wood-Davis, the sexy AJ Dean and the fabulous Emma Hatton who is the dance captain, they explode on the stage with a well known 1961 hit.
    I hope the new run has some of the same cast and I wil go and see it again as much as I can.
    Scott and Daisy both have record deals with the Universal label, and their songs from the show appear on the third installment of Dreamboats and Petticoats, the fantastic CD trilogy.