Hamilton is a musical based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, with music, book and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda will probably be best known to London audiences for his first musical In The Heights which premiered at the Southwark Playhouse in 2014 and is playing in 2016 at the 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 with redefining the modern musical.
The musical follows the life of Alexander Hamilton, who after growing up as an orphan, when on to become George Washington’s right hand man. As both a rebel and a war hero, a loving husband and adulterer, and founder of the US Treasury, Alexander Hamilton’s life has 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 one retelling of American history which will certainly not have you bored.
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 has now currently sold out until the end of the year, with ticket resales skyrocketing to thousands of dollars, making it one of the most in demand shows ever.
Following its huge success with fans, the musical has now been nominated for a record breaking 16 Tony Awards and 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 has also recently won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.
With tickets going on sale on 30th January 2017, almost a year before the show open, the transfer of Hamilton to the Victoria Palace Theatre is set to follow an estimated £30 million refurbishment of the theatre following the closing of its previously running smash hit Billy Elliot to go on tour.
Newcomer 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 will be portrayed by Giles Terera (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) with Olivier Award nominee Michael Jibson taking on the mantle of King George.
The ensemble will include Courtney-Mae Briggs (In The Heights), Jack Butterworth (Billy Elliot), Marsha Songcome (Miss Saigon), Jon-Scott Clark (Shrek the Musical), Miriam-Teak Lee (On The Town) and Alexzandra Sarmiento (Strictly Ballroom). They will be joined by 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 from across the Atlantic, this is set to be one of the most exciting shows to hit London’s West End in 2017.
Recommended forFans of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s previous musical, In The Heights which has been showing at the King’s Cross Theatre throughout 2016, 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. Anyone who is a diehard musical lover should not miss the opportunity to experience what is expected to be one of the most remembered shows in West End history.
Age Recommendations: Recommended 10+