Hamilton the Musical didn’t just hit the big time in the Big Apple; it took the whole of America by storm. Featuring the first Secretary of the Treasury (a man you’ll find on the $10 note) and a life that oscillated between tragedy and triumph, his story has been rendered in such a fun, hip-hop-fuelled manner, that people have queued for tickets ever since the show first hit The Public Theatre, off Broadway. And now, with the musical travelling over the pond to London’s Victoria Palace Theatre, locals and visitors to London can finally see the show themselves. Stay with us at Hotel 41, our boutique hideaway next to Buckingham Palace or The Rubens At The Palace, and you’ll be perfectly placed to enjoy an evening of unforgettable entertainment at Hamilton in Victoria.
Opening on 21st November 2017 and running all the way through until 30th June 2018, America’s greatest musical is so in demand that the tickets go on sale to the general public (at Ticketmaster; delfontmackintosh.co.uk; and hamiltonthemusical.co.uk) at noon on 30th January, almost 11 months in advance of opening night.
The show’s popularity is easy to explain, as few people have ever covered the classic rags-to-riches tale of Alexander Hamilton in such a captivating, energetic and accessible manner, with entire scripts spat out like dynamic rap lyrics. Liberating the tales of the American Founding Fathers from their fusty, dusty tomes, Hamilton the Musical paints several colourful profiles of titans such as George Washington, James Madison and John Adams. None, however, compare to Hamilton’s own story, in which the man is orphaned, moves from the Caribbean to America, and climbs (as well as falls down) the greasy pole of politics via a series of romantic escapades.
This combination of contemporary cool and historical substance has won the musical both critical and popular plaudits. And with rosters of A-list supporters – from Barack Obama to Emma Watson, from Kanye West to Oprah Winfrey – the heat is on for the UK production to match its American counterpart, which won an incredible 11 Tony Awards, a Grammy and a Pulitzer prize.
The man behind the UK production is Cameron Mackintosh, a West End veteran with impressive credentials (producing productions of Cats, Les Miserables and the Phantom of the Opera, to name just a few), and the generous budget that most shows can only dream of; £30 million is reportedly being splashed on the Victoria Palace Theatre, formerly home to Billy Elliot.
The only real change on the stage will be the likely absence of Lin-Manuel Miranda (the lead-star and writer of the US musical), who is currently filming a new Mary Poppins film…though he may make a few cameos. He’ll be replaced by a British actor, who’ll no doubt be hoping a little of the acclaimed writer’s own stardust rubs off.