Louise Gold featured as a member of The Tribe on tour around the autumn of 1974 (includes; Sunderland Empire 30 September to 5 October, Theatre Royal Brighton 25 to 30 November & Theatre Royal Nottingham 2 to 7 December 1974) - She left the tour at Christmas.


            Many years later, Louise Gold’s own recollection of when she joined the cast (after rehearsals) was:

 “They were going out of their minds in Sunderland” Louise Gold, guesting on DEAD BY 12, 11 May 2006.

Prior to the tour playing Brighton, the cast received the following plug in a local newspaper

 “The controversial love-rock musical Hair comes to Brighton’s Theatre Royal for a week on Monday, bringing with it a talented cast of young people under the direction of Alexander Bridge.” THE BRIGHTON AND HOVE GAZETTE, p7, 23 November 1974.



Claude - Darron O’Sullivan

Berger - Bruce White

Woof - Christopher Wren

Hud - Ken Shields-Alleyne

Sheila - Kim Goody

Jeanie - Shelagh Stuttle

Crissy - Nicky Croydon

The Trio - Ken Shields Alleyne, Mona Hays, and Ewart Walters

The Tribe - Louise Gold, Pamela Hardman, Pippa Hardman, Shawn Harris, Mona Hays, Maarten Hoffman, Phillip Howells, Billy James, Helli Louise, Peter Russell, Janinia Tredwell, Ewart Walters, Jason Watts, and, Philip Morgan Williams


Production Team

Presented by - West End Artists Ltd

Book and Lyrics by - James Rado and Gerome Ragni

Music by - Galt Macdermot

Original Production - New York Shakespeare Festival Theatre

 Director - Alexander Bridge

Musical Director - Alan Leigh

Assistant to Mr Bridge - Robert Anthony

Stage Director -

Assistant Stage Managers - Philip Morgan Williams and Pamela Hardman

Production Manager - John Maguire

Replacement Production Manager - (three weeks into the tour) Gary Graham

Business Manager - Michael J. Smith

Casting Assistant to Mr Bridge  - Barrie Stacey


     Keyboard - Alan Leigh

     Drums and Percussion - Darryl Reid and Jim Holmes

     Guitars  - Stephen Forrest

     Saxophone and Woodwind - Patrick Kyle


While it is pretty much known that Louise Gold joined the cast in Sunderland, and was in the cast when it played Theatre Royal Nottingham; It seems likely that she joined the cast at or near the start of its tour (but after most of the rehearsals had taken place), when a woman named Victoria Seymour appears to have pulled out at the last minute (after West End Artistes Limited’s own souvenir programme had been printed. Hence why Louise only got listed in the programmes for specific theatres, although everyone else was down in the souvenir programme). Louise Gold herself left when the tour took its Christmas break. The webmaster does not know for certain whether she was actually in the show at any of the venues listed below (other than Nottingham, and, Sunderland), but it seems reasonable to suppose that she was.

Tour Dates

            Definite (have seen the programme or Newspaper Review)

Kings Theatre, Southsea, Monday 21 to Saturday 26 October 1974

Theatre Royal, Brighton, Monday 25 to Saturday 30 November 1974        

Theatre Royal Nottingham, Monday 2 December to Saturday 7 December 1974

According to Louise Gold herself (in interviews)

Sunderland (her first performance in the show)


            According To: The Production Manager’s Memory




     Theatre Royal, Brighton, Monday 25 to Saturday 30 November 1974

     Theatre Royal Nottingham, Monday 2 December to Saturday 7 December 1974



According To: ‘The Stage’ (plus a bit of above)


Preston (prior to 12 (presumably 2 to 7) September 1974)

Manchester Palace 9 to 14 September

Corby (mentioned in Stage 31 Oct 1974

Wolverhampton Grand (26 (probably 23 to 28) September 1974)

Sunderland Empire (30 September to 5 October 1974)

Wyvern Theatre Swindon,  Monday 7 to Saturday 12 October 1974 (listed as Regional Theatre, though)

Kings Theatre, Southsea, Monday 21 to Saturday 26 October 1974

Theatre Royal Norwich, Monday 28 October to Saturday 2 November 1974

Mablethorpe, Monday 4 to Saturday 9 November 1974

Southport, Monday 11 to Saturday 16 November 1974

Leisure Centre, Gloucester, Monday 18 to Saturday 23 November 1974 (where it opened their new theatre)

Theatre Royal, Brighton, Monday 25 to Saturday 30 November 1974

Theatre Royal Nottingham, Monday 2 December to Saturday 7 December 1974

The Grand Theatre Swansea, Monday 9 to Saturday 14 December 1974


There seems to be some confusion as to whether the week of the 9 to 14 of December 1974 (which was most likely Louise Gold’s last week in the cast) found the tour in Swansea or Bristol. However, it is known that the show definitely played both venues, its just a question of when. According to The Bristol Hippodrome Theatre’s website a production of Hair (which corresponds to this National Tour after a few cast changes) played that theatre between 16 -21 June 1975, while for the Bristol Hippodrome the week of the 9 to 14 December 1974 involved the pop group Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon Tour..

In The song listing the webmaster is assuming that Chorus means The Tribe. Also in some instances there are names listed for songs who do not appear to be characters, it is assumed these are the first names of actors who do not have defined characters and the part named “Victoria” was probably performed by Janinia Tredwell, although it was originally intended to be performed by Victoria Seymour (only Miss Seymour seems to have left the cast unexpectedly after rehearsals but before the tour, which is why Louise Gold was brought in to round out the cast. The Trio has been identified by Gary Graham.

Musical Numbers

 Act I

1. Aquarius - Shawn and Chorus (Shawn Harris with The Tribe)

2. Donna - Berger and Chorus (Bruce White and The Tribe)

3. Hashish - Chorus (The Tribe)

4. Sodomy - Woof and Chorus (Christopher Wren and The Tribe)

5. Coloured Spade - Hud and Chorus (Ken Shields-Alleyne and The Tribe)

6. Manchester, England - Claude and Chorus (Darron O’Sullivan and The Tribe)

7. I’m Black - Hud, Woof, Berger, Claude and Chorus (Ken Sheilds-Alleyne, Christopher Wren, Bruce White, Darron O’Sullivan and The Tribe)

8. Ain’t Got No - Woof, Hud, Jeanie and Chorus (Christopher Wren, Ken Sheilds-Alleyne, Shelagh Stuttle and The Tribe)

9. I Believe In Love - Sheila and Trio (Kim Goody with Ken Shields Alleyne, Mona Hays, and Ewart Walters)

10. Ain’t Go No Grass - Chorus (The Tribe)

11. Air - Jeanie, Helli, and, Crissy (Shelagh Stuttle, Helli Louise, and Nicky Croydon)

12. Initial’s - Chorus (The Tribe)

13. Kama Sutra - Orchestra (Orchestra conducted by Alan Leigh)

14. 1930s Music - Berger (Bruce White)

15. Manchester II  - Claude and Chorus (Darron O’Sullivan and The Tribe)

16. I Got Life - Clause and Chorus (Darron O’Sullivan and The Tribe)

17. Goin’ Down - Berger and Chorus (Bruce White and The Tribe)

18. Hair - Claude, Berger and Chorus (Darron O’Sullivan, Bruce White, and, The Tribe)

19. My Conviction - Margaret Mead (Billy James)

20. Sheila Franklin - Chorus (The Tribe)

21. Easy To Be Hard - Sheila (Kim Goody)

22. Hung Up - Orchestra (Orchestra conducted by Alan Leigh)

23. Don’t Put It Down (Crazy For The Red And Blue And White) - Woof, Berger, and, Maarten (Christopher Wren, Bruce White, and, Maarten Hoffmann)

24. Frank Mills - Chrissy (Nicky Croydon)

25. Hara Krishna - Chorus (The Tribe)

26. Where Do I Go - Cluade and Chorus (Darron O’Sullivan and The Tribe)


Act 2

27. Electric Blues - Woof with, Pippa, Victoria, Peter, and, Billy (Christopher Wren with: Pippa Hardman, Janinia Tredwell, Peter Russell, and, Billy James)

28. Oh Great God Of Power - Chorus (The Tribe)

29. Manchester III - Chorus (The Tribe)

30. Dead End - Sheila (Kim Goody)

31. Black Boys - Pippa, Helli, and, Janinia (Pippa Hardman, Helli Louise, and, Janinia Tredwell)

32. White Boys - Trio and Chorus (Ken Shields Alleyne, Mona Hays, and Ewart Walters with The Tribe)

33. Walking In Space - The Company (The Company)

34. Abie, Baby - Hud and Ewart (Ken Sheilds-Alleyne and Ewart Walters)

35. Three-Five-Zero-Zero - Chorus (The Tribe)

36. What A Piece Of Work Is A Man - Chrissy and Billy (Nicky Croydon and Billy James)

37. How Dare They Try - Chorus (The Tribe)

38. Good Morning Starshine - Sheila and Chorus (Kim Goody and The Tribe)

39. Reprise: Ain’t Go No - Claude and Chorus (Darron O’Sullivan and The Tribe)

40. The Flesh Failures (Let The Sun In) - Chorus (The Tribe)

41. Eyes Look Your Last (Reprise: Manchester, England - Flesh Failures) - Claude, Sheila, Billy, and, Chorus (Darron O’Sullivan, Kim Goody, Billy James and The Tribe)


Touring in Hair was one of Louise Gold’s first professional jobs after leaving drama school.

About two years later Louise Gold returned to Theatre Royal Norwich in a feature role in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Norwich Production).

Seventeen years later Louise Gold returned to Theatre Royal Brighton, as one of the leading ladies in a tour of the musical The Boys From Syracuse.

About 2 years later Louise Gold returned to Theatre Royal Nottingham in  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Touring Production); And More than 22 years later she returned again, as a touring feature actress in the RSC in The Cherry Orchard.

Cast members Nicky Croydon and Louise Gold both trained at the Arts Educational School, and funnily enough both of them have appeared pantomime in Malvern; Miss Croydon as the title role in Cinderella in 1972, and Miss Gold as Fairy Bowbells in Dick Whittington. the following year.

It is perhaps worth noting that several members of the cast almost certainly attended the same drama school. Nicky Croydon, Pamela Hardman, Pippa Hardman, Jason Watts, and, Louise Gold all trained at one time or another at one or other of the Arts Educational Schools (the only thing that complicates matters is that Arts Ed has sections in London and Tring - Louise Gold was of course trained at the London school, but what about the others?).

It is perhaps worth noting that Arts Ed alumni Louise Gold and Pamela Hardman were both in their first proper jobs in this tour of Hair.

Production Manager John Maguire got ill around 3 weeks into the tour, and was replaced by Gary Graham (though the programme listing for this post was not changed until after the Christmas cast change).

During the early days of the tour, in Preston in particular (according to an article in The Stage, on 12 September 1974, page 24), the tour had great difficultly in finding accommodation, many theatrical landladies did not wish to put up people from that musical (believing the actors to be “hippy freaks”, and also assuming them to be paid rather more than they actually were). Janina Treadwell and Jason Watts were interviewed about this in The Stage.

It may be noted that Tribe-Member Helli Louise was featured in the section ‘Show People’ in The Stage newspaper on 18 July 1974, where it was announced that she would be joining the cast of ‘the new national tour of Hair’ (presumably meaning this tour). She was under personal contract to casting assistant Barrie Stacey.

Alan Leigh went on to be the musical director of a production of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Touring Production), which Louise Gold also appeared in. Elaine Gibbs and Thom Booker from that production appeared in this tour of Hair, but after Louise Gold had left the show.

A number of the cast members went on to appear West End Artistes production of Glamorous Nights, also directed by Alexander Bridge.

Director Alexander Bridge has also been known as Peter Bridge.

Louise Gold and Billy James went on to appear in My Fair Lady

Kim Goody went on to appear in Dear Ralph.

It would not be the last time that Louise Gold found herself in a touring show that was scheduled to play a leisure centre, some nine years later she was in a legendary tour of the play Bag that should have had its gala opening night in Grantham Leisure Centre.

As a child, production manager Gary Graham had appeared in the film of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Twenty nine and a half years after getting her first proper grown up acting job in Hair, Louise Gold has gone on to play Baroness Bomburst at The London Palladium in the stage version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Louise Gold reminisced about appearing in Hair many years later when she guested on the cabaret show Dead By 12.


Critics Comments

 Alexander Bridge’s lively production of the tribal love-rock musical (Theatre Royal last day) is guaranteed to bring the most unresponsive audiences out of their shells” Belinda Beckett, BRIGHTON AND HOVE GAZETTE, p5, 30 November 1974

 “If the story-line and the singing are clear, so to are the more juvenile crudities of the hippy life portrayed. Best of all are the singing and dancing: ‘Hare Krishna’, and, ‘Walking In Space’.” HAMPSHIRE TELEGRAPH, Thursday 24 October 1974, p29

 “Things begin ominously when the cast leap somewhat half hearted into action and ruin Aquarius with some off key singing. They never quite recover, in any song and dance number somebody is likely to waver a semitone or put the wrong foot forward....Gradually the surprisingly clean boys and girls bring out the humour pathos and gutsiness...Amazing that such a miserably shaky beginning can build slowly but surely to such a magnificently shaggy ending.” Jane Sullivan, THE BRIGHTON EVENING ARGOS, p5, Tuesday 26 November 1974.


Links about Hair

 Good Hair Days: Index of all the actors who have appeared in significant productions of Hair:


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