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Hamilton finds its cast
The first international production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Hamilton has found its cast! Opening in London’s West End in December 2017, with previews from November, the principal casting has finally been announced.
Making his West End debut, recent RADA graduate Jamael Westman will take on the title role of Alexander Hamilton. Westman has recently completed a run of The White Devil at Shakespeare’s Globe. He also appeared in Torn at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Richard Twyman.
He is joined by Olivier Award nominated Michael Jibson as King George. Jibson has been seen regularly on the London theatre scene, including performances in Roots at the Donmar Warehouse, Road Show and Take Flight at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Brighton Rock at the Almeida Theatre and West End musical apperances in Oliver! at the London Palladium and his Olivier nominated turn in Our House at the Cambridge Theatre. His musical film credits also include Les Misérables and Disney’s recent live-adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
At certain performances, the role of Alexander Hamilton will be played by Ash Hunter, who will also be making his West End debut. His previous credits include Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at the National Theatre, Pitcairn at Shakespeare’s Globe, Antony & Cleopatra at the RSC and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Almeida Theatre.
Westman, Jibson and Hunter join the previously announced Giles Terera (Aaron Burr), Rachel John (Angelica Schuyler), Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza Hamilton), Christine Allado (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds), Jason Pennycooke (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson), Cleve September (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton), Tarinn Callender (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison) and Obioma Ugoala (George Washington)
They are joined by Jade Albertsen, Curtis Angus, Jonathan Bishop, Courtney-Mae Briggs, Jack Butterworth, Jon-Scott Clark, Kelly Downing, Leslie Garcia Bowman, Lia Given, Greg Haney, Leah Hill, Barney Hudson, Waylon Jacobs, Miriam-Teak Lee, Phoebe Liberty, Alexzandra Sarmiento, Marsha Songcome, Christopher Tendai and Lindsey Tierney. Final casting will be announced at a later date.
Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and helped shape the very foundations of the America we know today. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway – the story of America then, as told by America now.
Hamilton has a book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire and is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton.
Winner of 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Hamilton has smashed box office records on Broadway where it continues its run at The Richard Rodgers Theatre
Hamilton is produced in London by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, The Public Theater and Cameron Mackintosh and begins previews at the newly renovated Victoria Palace Theatre in November.