Hamilton is based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, with music, a book and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda best-known to London audiences for his first musical In The Heights, which premiered at the Southwark Playhouse in 2014 and later transferred to the temporary King’s Cross Theatre. Miranda’s distinctive style of fusing rap, hip-hop and the music of Latin America has revolutionised the modern musical. With his follow-up Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda has reached new heights, redefining the modern musical.
The musical follows the life of Alexander Hamilton, who, after growing up as an orphan, went on to become George Washington’s right-hand man. As a rebel, a war hero, a loving husband and adulterer, and founder of the US Treasury, Alexander Hamilton’s life had some sweet pickings for any writer looking to adapt the biography into a musical. With George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr all making their mark in this ingenious political masterpiece, Hamilton is a thrilling retelling of American history.
Hamilton originally premiered off-Broadway at the Public Theatre in February 2015, where it enjoyed an acclaimed sold-out run, before transferring to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway, where it continues to sell-out performances, making it one of the most in demand shows ever.
Following its huge success with fans, the musical was nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tony Awards, winning 11, including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score, Best Performance for an Actress in a Leading Role, twice for Best Performance for an Actor in a Leading Role, three times for Best Performance for an Actor in a Featured Role, Best Performance for an Actress in a Featured Role, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography and many more. Hamilton also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, as well as 7 Olivier Awards at the 2018 ceremony.
Jamael Westman plays the titular role of Alexander Hamilton. The role marks the young RADA-trained actor's exciting West End debut, with previous credits including Torn at the Royal Court, and The White Devil at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Hamilton's devious political rival Aaron Burr is played by Sifiso Mazibuko (Motown the Musical) with Jon Robyns (Avenue Q) taking on the mantle of King George. Further casting includes Rachelle Ann Go (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) as Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, Allyson Ava-Brown as Angelica Schuyler, Jason Pennycooke as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Dom Hartley-Harris as George Washington, Cleve September as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton, Courtney-Mae Briggs as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds and Tarin Callender as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison.
Ensemble and covers include Jack Butterworth, Marsha Songcome, Jon-Scott Clark, Miriam-Teak Lee, Alexzandra Sarmiento, alongside 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.
With the sold-out excitement of Hamilton around the globe, the production continues to be one of the most in-demand shows, currently sold-out at the Victoria Palace Theatre.
Best seatsThe Victoria Palace Theatre underwent a £30 million revamp before opening for the London run of Hamilton.
Traditionally however, the front rows tended to be very low in proportion to the stage forcing audiences to crane their necks, however often giving good value for money seats, while the back rows can also give good views of the stage with little impairment from the Circle overhang, similarly usually offering good value for money seats. The very best seats however tend to be at the centre of the stalls, a little set back front the font.
The Dress Circle offers generally good views, with a shallow curve and a good rake, meaning that most of this area gives unimpaired views of the stage, but often also has little price variation. Legroom can be tight across the Dress Circle. Seats at the end of the rows can be a bargain however, but Boxes and alcove seats should be avoided.
The Grand Circle does generally have good sight lines, however the curve can mean seats at the ends of rows do not have the best views. The seats also tend to be smaller than those in the Dress Circle, sometimes leaving patrons a little cramped.
Important informationPlaying at: Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5EA
Performance dates: 21 Nov 2017 - 05 May 2021
Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (including 15 minute interval)
Age restrictions: Recommended 10+. No under 4s. All persons aged under 16 must be accompanied and sat next to the accompanying adult. They may not sit on their own within the auditorium. If children do have separate seats, entry could be refused.
Special notice: Fans of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s previous musical, In The Heights should definitely check out his newer production which has managed to break countless Broadway records. With its revolutionary retelling of American history and its hip-hop-infused score, Hamilton is one of the most unique and interesting musicals of the 21st century.