The Broadway hit finally crossed the pond earlier this month to dazzle early audiences in the Victoria Palace Theatre in London.
Hamilton is a biographical musical drama written by Lin-Manuel Miranda about the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of the US founding fathers who died in a pointless duel with former mentor Aaron Burr. Since it debuted on Broadway in 2015, it has been received with raving five-star reviews and unprecedented box office sales, largely due to its unique use of hip-hop and rap throughout and multicultural cast.
The theatre production enjoyed immense success, with Lin-Manuel Miranda himself playing the title role, and racked up 16 Tony nominations (the most nominations in history) of which it won 11, as well as the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama. The impact the play has made on America is evident, and an attempt to exchange the image of Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill was met with public outcry in 2015. Whilst this probably wasn’t solely down to the play, its popularity no doubt had an impact on his public popularity as a figure.
So, how will this play, which is so steeped in American history, translate to a British audience? According to early reviews, very well! Featuring an all new cast, with relative newcomer 25 year old Jameal Westman playing the title role, viewers were blown away when it was first shown on December 6th at the Palace Theatre in London.
Tickets have already been put on sale for showings between 21st December – 30th June 2018 and are pretty much sold out, with the theatre putting an absolute ban on tickets bought through touting with a ticketless entry system. However, keep checking the official website for updates on ticket availability, or enter the ticket daily lottery to win a pair of tickets at £10 each!