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Hair opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London on September 27, 1968. The opening night was delayed until the abolition of theatre censorship in England under the Theatres Act 1968. The original London cast included Sonja Kristina, Paul Nicholas, Melba Moore, Elaine Paige, Paul Korda, Marsha Hunt, Floella Benjamin, Alex Harvey, Oliver Tobias, Richard O'Brien and Tim Curry. The musical was forced to close by the roof of the theatre collapsing in July 1973.

Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, stained glass window in St Lawrence Church, Ludlow. On this day 21st September 1411 Richard Plantagenet was born, claimant to the English throne. Although he never became king he ultimately governed the country as Lord Protector during Henry VI's madness. His conflicts with Henry's court were a leading factor in the political upheaval of mid fifteenth century England and a major cause of the War of the Roses