The sensational Broadway musical Hamilton originated off-Broadway at the Public Theater and went on to transfer to Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre where it opened on 6 August 2015. Following unanimous critical praise, the musical became of the highest grossing shows on Broadway each week, playing to capacity houses and audiences full of celebrities, politicians and members of theatre royalty. The West End production opens in London, following the show's roll-out across America where it is now playing at Chicago's PrivateBank Theatre and a Los Angeles production in preperation.
Featuring book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony Award-winning creative behind the hit musical In The Heights, it is inspired by the book 'Alexander Hamilton' by Ron Chernow. With a diverse and eclectic original score that draws on hip-hop, RnB, rap and traditional Broadway, the musical has redefined our idea and concept of what musical theatre has the potential to be. Make sure you don't miss the London production of Hamilton that is set to reignite the West End.
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Hamilton in London
Began previews 6 December 2017 at the Victoria Palace Theatre.
The first booking period for Hamilton Tickets opened on 30th January 2017. A second booking period for tickets from July to December 2018 opened on Monday 29th January 2018.
Hamilton opened at the refurbished Victoria Palace Theatre in Victoria in December 2017, with an official press opening on 21st December 2017. The theatre, which is undergoing extensive renovation, was home to the long running British musical Billy Elliot for 11 years and is one of two West End theatres situated in the redeveloped Victoria area. The building is preparing for the London production of Hamilton by introducing teaser signage to the front of the Victoria Palace Theatre, introducing the now iconic artwork to London audiences, commuters and visitors to the area. Tickets for the London production of Hamilton went on sale on 30th January 2017 and sold out within hours. A second booking period is expected to be announced soon.
From 22 December 2017: £37.50, £57.50 or £89.50, Premium Tickets are £137.50 and £200
Daily Lottery Tickets are £10.00 – limit 2 per person
Weekly Lottery Tickets are £37.50 – limit 2 per person
First Booking period: 22 December 2017 to 28 July 2018
Tickets for the first booking period went on sale in January 2017.
Second Booking period: 30 July to 15 December 2018
Tickets for the second booking period went on sale on 29 January 2018.
Third Booking period: Performances to 30th March 2019
Tickets for the second booking period went on sale on 4th June 2018.
6 tickets per person, per booking period. Tickets for Hamilton are on sale through the show's official website.
Hamilton was nominated for a record breaking 16 Tony Awards at the 2016 ceremony, and won 11 awards including the top prize of Best Musical. The show won awards for: Costume Design of a Musical (Paul Tazewell), Lighting Design of a Musical (Howell Binkley), Featured Actress in a Musical (Renée Elise Goldsberry), Featured Actor in a Musical (Daveed Diggs), Original Score (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Direction of a Musical (Thomas Kail), Orchestrations (Alex Lacamoire), Book of a Musical (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Choreography (Andy Blankenbuehler), Leading Actor in a Musical (Leslie Odom, Jr.) and Best Musical.
The musical won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, making it the first musical to win the award since 2010 and the 9th musical to win the accolade since 1930.
Hamilton has also won 10 Lucille Lortel Awards including Best Musical; 3 Outer Critics Circle Awards; 8 Drama Desk Awards; a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.
Hamilton Cast and Creative Team
Drama school graduate Jamael Westman will take on the titular role of Alexander Hamilton, and Our House actor Michael Jibson will play King George. The full cast for the London premiere of Hamilton will feature Christine Allado (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds), Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza Hamilton), Tarinn Callender (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison), Rachel John (Angelica Schuyler), Jason Pennycooke (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson), Cleve September (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton), Giles Terera (Aaron Burr) and Obioma Ugoala (George Washington).
The creative team includes direction by Thomas Kail, design by David Korins, lighting design by Howell Binkley, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, costume design by Paul Tazewell, sound design by Nevin Steinberg.
Hamilton is produced by The Public Theater, Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, and Jill Furman.
Reviews for the West End production of Hamilton were published on 21st December 2017.
Click here to read Mark Shenton's ★★★★★ review for LondonTheatre.co.uk.
"In the end, however, the power of Hamilton lies in its ability to make the past seem vividly present. It suggests its subject was an Icarus who flew too close to the sun. But it also shows that he was an outsider who believed in strong central government and an enlightened capitalism. Above all, Miranda has created an invigorating and original musical that, at a time of national crisis, celebrates America’s overwhelming debt to the immigrant."
Michael Billington, The Guardian (five stars)
"This musical is history in the re-making and I mean that quite literally."
Ann Treneman, The Times (five stars)
"Whether or not Hamilton is the best musical of our generation – it clearly is, but whatever – it’s been a hit for the only reason anything is a hit: because it is a great work of entertainment."
Andrzej Łukowski, Time Out (five stars)
"Reviewing it feels like sizing up the Mona Lisa or Beethoven’s Fifth and, in truth, Hamilton lands on the London stage looking every inch the classic."
Matt Trueman, Variety
"“The Greatest Show on Earth”, one paper declared the other day. C’mon! But seriously folks, there’s going to be more where that came from, because – lock up your doubters: I have to report that it really is as good as we’ve been told."
Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph (five stars)
"Hamilton is a touchstone. It’s zeitgeist, youthquake, Momentum, it’s woke, it’s post-musical. From masculinity, power struggles and the small things on earth, it metastasises into a crying epic about legacy, principle, nations, all the incredible mongrel people within those nations, and how all those people – every single one – can change the world."
Tim Bano, The Stage (five stars)
"Hamilton is a knockout, and its British cast is superb, with two star-making performances from Giles Terera and, in the title role, magnetic newcomer Jamael Westman."
Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard (five stars)
"This has been the most frenziedly anticipated musical in London since The Book of Mormon and the implacable publicity blitz might lead even the most mildly rebellious soul to wonder if anything could possibly live up to this degree of hype. I’m delighted to report that, for the most part, Hamilton manages to do so – quite exhilaratingly..."
Paul Taylor, the Independent (five stars)
More Broadway in the West End
Broadway legend Patti LuPone is set to come to the West End next September to star in Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company. LuPone originated the roles of Eva Peron in Evita, Fantine in Les Miserables and Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. She will be performing in Company at the Gielgud Theatre from 26th September 2018.
Bartlett Sher’s Tony Award-winning production of The King and I transfers from New York to the London Pallladium for a limited engagement next summer. Sher recently directed Oslo at the National Theatre, and his production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical won four Tonys, including four, including Best Revival of a Musical. The King and I runs at the London Pallladium from 21st June 2018.