Everything You Need to Know about Hamilton in London

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The 11-time Tony-winning, Pulitzer Prize-awarded, Grammy-earning Broadway musical Hamilton: An American Musical travels across the pond to London’s Victoria Palace Theatre this Autumn. Are you ready?

Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton on Broadway

Hamilton: An American Musical Background

Inspired by the 2004 biography by historian Ron ChernowHamilton tells the story of the charismatic Alexander Hamilton, an orphan from the West Indies who rose to prominence in the US, ultimately shaping the young nation's nascent economy as its first Treasury Secretary. Hamilton was killed in a political duel with his longtime rival Aaron Burr, an event portrayed in the musical. The actor, playwright, and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for Hamilton, which infuses rap and hip-hop into the dialogue.

Sell-out crowds in New York have broken ticket sale records and earned the 2-hour, 45-minute musical more than a billion US dollars. Unfortunately, a small number of touts have also profited, as single-seat prices have reached as high as $10,000.

The show, which opened in previews off-Broadway in February 2015 and opened on Broadway 6 August 2015, is now playing in Chicago and, answering the question, ‘Will Hamilton go on tour?’, recently opened in San Francisco, and will thence be moving on to Los Angeles. The London premiere is 21 November 2017, which is sure to quickly establish the musical as one of the best West End shows of the decade.

Hamilton London Musical Cast

Will creator Miranda reprise his role as the titular Hamilton? Currently filming Mary Poppins Returns in London, Miranda’s participation in the production has been the subject of much speculation. Star Wars: Rogue One star Riz Ahmed has also been rumoured as a possible Alexander, but there hasn’t been confirmation of casting for the lead role, nor for King George III.

Lots of the rest of the Hamilton London cast, however, has been confirmed:

  • Rachel John plays Angelica Schuyler. She was most recently in the West End revival of The Bodyguard and also appeared in Memphis and We Will Rock You.
  • Rachelle Ann Go plays Eliza Schuyler. She won numerous awards for her roles in Miss Saigon and Les Miserables.
  • Giles Terera plays Aaron Burr. His credits include Avenue Q, The Book Of Mormon, and The Tempest.
  • Jason Pennycooke plays both Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson. He was nominated for two Olivier Awards for his work in Memphis and La Cage Aux Folles.
  • Obioma Ugoala plays George Washington. He is currently performing in Motown: The Musical.
  • Cleve September plays John Laurens and Philip Hamilton. His credits include In the Heights and Annie Get Your Gun.
  • Christine Allado plays Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds. She was also in In the Heights.
  • Tarinn Callender plays Hercules Mulligan and James Madison. Hamilton is his professional debut.

How to Buy Hamilton Tickets

According to the official Hamilton UK site, the first release of tickets for November through to June 2018 performances have sold out, though additional tickets are likely to go on sale in early Autumn 2017. Unless you are one of the lucky few to get tickets already, your best bet for seeing the show is the lottery. There are actually two lotteries: a daily in-person lottery at the Victoria Palace Theatre prior to each performance, and a weekly online lottery for the following week’s performances. Tickets are between £32.50 and £89.50 based on seating, with premium tickets priced at £200 and the daily lottery tickets going for just £20 each.

Whatever you do, you should not go to a tout for this or any London tickets. For Hamilton, the anti-touting measures include paperless tickets, requiring ticket holders to swipe their payment cards and show ID to gain access to the theatre. The reselling of tickets is strictly forbidden; tickets offered for resale will be cancelled.

Hamilton Hype

New York-based critics wrote overwhelmingly glowing reviews of the ‘hip-hop musical.’

  • The New York Times’s Ben Brantley said, “I am loath to tell people to mortgage their houses and lease their children to acquire tickets to a hit Broadway show. But Hamilton might just about be worth it.”
  • New York Magazine’s Jesse Green said, “For all its complexity—its multi-strand plotting and exploding rhyme-grenades—Hamilton is neither a challenge nor a chore. It’s just great.”
  • Time Out New York’s David Cote gave Hamilton a 5/5 rating and called it “the greatest American musical in decades.”

Celebrity fans include Barack and Michelle Obama, Beyonce, Daniel Radcliffe, Emily Blunt, and Julia Roberts. The extremely popular original cast recording soundtrack was followed by 2016’s “Mixtape,” featuring versions of the musical’s songs performed by the likes of the The Roots, Kelly Clarkson, Sia, and Alicia Keys.

Day-of-lottery applicants in New York waiting outside the theatre were sometimes treated to mini-performances by cast members. Here’s hoping Miranda will make an appearance outside the Victoria Palace Theatre soon. 

Make sure to catch London theatre news, including all the latest updates from Hamilton, on the Official London Theatre site.

Guest post by Matt Schneiderman