Initial casting announced for London's Hamilton
Producers Cameron Mackintosh and Jeffrey Seller have now announced initial casting for the upcoming West End premiere of Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Continuing the trend set by the Broadway production, the London company will also feature a multi-racial cast and colour-blind casting.
The West End cast of Hamilton will feature Giles Terera (Aaron Burr), Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza Hamilton), Rachel John (Angelica Schuyler), Jason Pennycooke (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson), Obioma Ugoala (George Washington), Christine Allado (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds), Tarinn Callender (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison) and Cleve September (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton). Casting for the titular role of Alexander Hamilton, as well as King George, will be announced at a later date.
The eagerly anticipated European premiere will begin previews at the Victoria Palace Theatre on 21 November 2017, with an official opening night scheduled for 7 December 2017. The first booking period runs to 30 June 2018. With priority allocations now sold out, booking for the general public will open on Monday, 30 January 2017 at 12pm.
In an effort to combat ticket fraud, scalpers and 'ticket bots', the producers of Hamilton are introducing a paperless ticketing system to ensure that tickets cannot be sold on the secondary market for inflated prices. The move comes as tickets for the original Broadway production of the musical made headlines last year, selling for highly inflated prices.
No physical tickets will be issued in advance for the production, instead audience members will be asked to swipe the payment card they used to originally purchase their tickets to gain admission into the theatre.
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 book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire and is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton.