Hamilton – West End
Victoria Palace Theatre
‘Hamilton’ is a pop cultural phenomenon. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s multi-award-winning musical about America’s founding fathers can count Barack and Michelle Obama among its many famous fans, not to mention the countless rap superstars who jostled for a spot on an album of reboots and remixes, The Hamilton Mixtape: Busta Rymes, Alicia Keys, Usher and many more besides.
But how did a Broadway musical become a big hit with presidents and hip-hop heavies alike? Hamilton is, after all, an improbable thing: a three-hour history lesson imparted through rap. For the most part, the answer lies with its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. A prodigious lyricist, composer and actor, he pulled Hamilton together and then played the main part himself.Read More
Alexander Hamilton is the man on the $? bill, arguably the highest achiever in American history. In Miranda’s hands, he becomes a towering figure, a political genius, tainted only by his tendency for hubris. Hamliton follows him from his revolutionary student days, fighting for America’s independence from British rule in the late 18th century, through his exhaustive efforts to configure a constitution for this new nation.
Politically, Hamilton felt particularly resonant: here was America’s origin myths, its core history, couched in the culture of people of colour with each founding father played by an African-American. On Broadway, its presence has felt outright potent – never more so than when the original cast delivered a curtain call speech protesting directly to Vice-President Mike Pence.
Artistically, however, Hamilton’s a masterpiece. It’s plot pits powerplay against high romance, hanging everything off its hero’s character and supplying a strong supporting cast of political heavyweights: General George Washington, built like a brick wall; a fancypants Thomas Jefferson, the coolest cat in the new country; Aaron Burr, Hamilton’s envious, estimable rival.
But it’s Miranda’s tongue-twisting, layered lyrics, pock-marked with hip-hop references and musical theatre nods, that really blow us all away and a cast spitting rhythms and spinning rhymes in constitutional rap battles makes Hamilton the most thrilling theatrical event of the century so far.
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Which theatre and where?
Hamilton the musical is showing at the 1,500 Victoria Palace Theatre which is located at Victoria Street, Westminster, London SW1E 5EA
Good to know
Strobe lighting is used several times during the performance.
Suitable for children?
Hamilton is recommended for ages 6 and above.
No exchanges or refunds are available after purchase.
Can I video record or take photos?
The use of camera and sound recording equipment is strictly prohibited.
Cast and Creative
Jamael Westman – Alexander Hamilton
Allyson Ava-Brown – Angelica Schuyler
Courtney-Mae Briggs – Peggy Schuyler
Tarinn Callender – Hercules Mulligan
Rachelle Ann Go – Eliza Hamilton
Dom Hartley-Harris – George Washington
Sifiso Mazibuko – Aaron Burr
Jason Pennycooke – Marquis De Lafayette
Karl Queenborough – Alexander Hamilton 2
Jon Robyns – King George
Cleve September – John Laurens
Jade Albertsen – Ensemble
Lin-Manuel Miranda – Book, Music & Lyrics
Thomas Kail – Director
Andy Blankenbuehler – Choreographer
Alex Lacamoire – Orchestrations
Ron Chernow – Author of the book
David Korins – Scenic Design
Paul Tazewell – Costume Design
Howell Binkley – Lighting Design
Nevin Steinberg – Sound Design
Stephen Whitson – Associate Director
Jeffrey Seller – Producer
Jill Furman – Producer