About the showLin-Manuel Miranda's mega-hit Hamilton plays to packed-out audiences at the West End's newly refurbished Victoria Palace Theatre, originally opening in December 2017, following record-breaking runs across America and an award-winning Broadway premiere. One of the biggest musicals of all time, the production earned a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards at the 2018 ceremony.
Created by multi-award winning actor and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is his most recent musical, with further credits to his name including the Olivier Award-winning In the Heights, Disney's Moana, Working the Musical and Bring It On the Musical. His signature infusions of rap, hip-hop, musical theatre and Latin American-inspired music has completely redefine the contemporary musical landscape.
Based on Ron Chernow's novel Alexander Hamilton, the musical documents the colourful life of George Washington’s right-hand man, Alexander Hamilton. Born an orphan, but raising through the ranks to become one of the most powerful men in America, Hamilton’s life saw him as a rebel, a war hero, a loving husband, an adulterer, a U.S Constitution supporter and founder of the American Treasury, making it the perfect subject for a power political musical that packs a punch.
With its unique blend of innovative music and incredible story, Hamilton has not only become a firm favourite amongst fans, with performances completely selling out, but has also become a critics favourite too. After receiving a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, and earning 11 at the 2016 ceremony, the musical has also swiped the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Later, the show swiped 7 awards at the 2018 Olivier Award ceremony, including Best New Musical.
Casting includes newcomer and recent RADA graduate Jamael Westman as Alexander Hamilton, Giles Terera (The Book of Mormon) as Aaron Burr, Michael Jibson (Our House) as King George, Rachelle Ann Go (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) as Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, Rachel John (The Bodyguard) as Angelica Schuyler, Jason Pennycooke (Memphis) as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Obioma Ugoala (Motown the Musical) as George Washington, Cleve September (In the Heights) as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton, Christine Allado (In the Heights) as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds and Tarinn Callender, who makes his professional debut as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison.
Further cast members include Ash Hunter, Courtney Mae-Briggs, Jack Butterworth, Marsha Songcome, Jon-Scott Clarke, Miriam Teak-Lee, Alexzandra Sarmiento, Jade Albertsen, Curtis Angus, Jonathan Bishop, Kelly Downing, Leslie Garcia Bowman, Lia Given, Gregory Haney, Leah Hill, Barney Hudson, Waylon Jacobs, Phoebe Liberty, Christopher Tendai and Lindsey Tierney.
After selling-out within hours, the West End's Hamilton has taken London by storm. Previews began in November 2017, with an official opening in December 2017, and continues to play to packed-out audiences.
Who Should See It?With the huge love that Hamilton has received from both audiences and critics alike, it is hugely recommended that if you like musicals you should not miss this opportunity to see one of the greatest new musicals of the 21st century. This is especially true if you do not normally enjoy very traditional musicals, as the score of Hamilton is highly influenced by contemporary hip-hop and rap music.
For those who have previously seen and enjoyed Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first musical In the Heights, you should definitely check out Hamilton, which manages to improve on the brilliant quality of his original debut.