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Finally, much to the delight of theatre fans all across Europe, the London transfer of Hamilton has been confirmed for November 2017.
Never has a musical arrived on the West End with such hype. Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton has broken records as the most celebrated, popular and profitable musical in Broadway history.
16 Tony nominations (11 wins), plus a Pulitzer Prize, Twitter-trending popularity, daily standby ticket queues snaking for miles and an eye-watering $849 for the best seats: these things speak for themselves. This is the kind of theatre that transcends the stage to capture public imagination and dominate popular culture. If you're sceptical of the over-excitement then take it from the esteemed critics at the New York Times: 'Yes, it really is that good,' they conceded.
Creator and star performer Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the book, music and lyrics based on Alexander Hamilton, a book telling the extraordinary life story of an orphaned West Indian immigrant who became a Founding Father of America back in the 1700s.
But Hamilton on stage is anything but staid, dour history.
The revolution, diplomacy and politics jump with hip hop, rap songs, ballads and street slang. The model of musical theatre is expanded to reflect the diverse rhythms of 21st century popular music. And, though historical characters such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are dressed with period drama flourish (long hair, breeches, shiny buttons) — they are played by a cast of predominantly black and hispanic actors.
The cult of Hamilton is borne of more than just entertainment; if the excitement from New York is to be believed, it's the dawn of a new age of musical theatre.There's already an army of Hamilton-hungry Brits who have been listening to the soundtrack and crossing their fingers for a London run.
Cue prolific West End producer Cameron Mackintosh who is spending £30 million refurbishing the Victoria Palace Theatre, previously home to Billy Elliot, ready for this surefire blockbuster.
Lin-Manuel Miranda has already made a splash in London with his previous musical In The Heights (Kings Cross Theatre). But Hamilton arrives with a tsunami of anticipation and he described his excitement about the transfer in a recent interview:
“We’ll get the same questions: ‘It’s so American. Will it play?’ But hopefully if we’ve done our jobs well like we did on [In The] Heights, this story of revolution and telling your own story will also play well over there as well.
“And also, we really take the piss out of King George, so I can’t wait to see how that plays.”
|What||Hamilton, Victoria Palace Theatre, London 2017|
Victoria Palace Theatre
Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5EA | MAP
|Nearest tube||Victoria (underground)|
21 Nov 17 – 20 Jun 18, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£32.50 - £200|
|Website||Click here for booking information|