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Hamilton to hold open auditions in London for the West End production
Don't throw away your shot - open auditions for Hamilton.
Producers of the upcoming West End production of Hamilton have announced that they are holding open auditions for the show in central London.
The London production will reopen the Victoria Palace Theatre in October 2017, with tickets for the Hamilton London production going on sale next month.
Auditions will be held in the week beginning 7 November 2016 and producers are keen to see men and women in their 20s and 30s, of all ethnicities. Performers are able to apply for either dance or singing auditions, but it has been stated that they will not be seeing anyone for the role of King George, created on Broadway by Tony Award-nominee Jonathan Groff. All performers must have a valid UK/EU passport and hold a full working visa for the year long contract.
Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton recently opened its second production in Chicago, as the new cast settle into their roles in the Broadway production that continues to run to sold out houses at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The London production at the Victoria Palace Theatre will be the first non-US production, with further international productions planned for the coming years.
Featuring book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Originally produced at the The Public Theater off-Broadway, the show transferred to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway where it opened on 6 August 2015.
Directed by Thomas Kail, Hamilton features design by David Korins, lighting by Howell Binkley, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, costumes by Paul Tazewell and sound by Nevin Steinberg. The London production will be produced alongside Cameron Mackintosh.
The musical won 11 Tony Awards in the 2016 ceremony, including those for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Director and Best Book. It was also awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Hamilton follows American founding father Alexander Hamilton as he goes from bastard orphan to George Washington's right hand man. As he becomes a war hero, he becomes embroiled in the country's first sex scandal, ending up as the Treasury head who redefines the country's economy. Hamilton brings together George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and Aaron Burr to tell the revolutionary tale of a significant chapter in America's history and national identity.
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