You don't have to be a die-hard theatre fan to be stoked that Broadway's megahit musical 'Hamilton' has taken up residence in Victoria Palace Theatre in London's West End. The game-changing rap musical makes the ‘The Book of Mormon’ look positively unpopular, with fans shelling out thousands of dollars for black-market tickets. Here’s the lowdown on the biggest Broadway musical in decades.
Who or what is Hamilton and why the hell should I care?
Written by nascent superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda, ‘Hamilton’ is an exuberantly multiracial rap musical about the life and death of Alexander Hamilton, the flamboyant first US Secretary of the Treasury. Its US success makes ‘The Book of Mormon’ look like ‘Viva Forever!’.
When is ‘Hamilton’ booking until?
‘Hamilton’ opened on December 21, 2017, and is currently booking until March 30 2019.
Will I enjoy 'Hamilton'?
It’s less cheesy than most musicals and much more hummable than most rap. Listen to the phenomenally successful soundtrack album and see how it makes you feel.
I am British! What if I don’t understand it because it is not about the limited amount of history I dimly recall from school?
It is worth noting that many of the biggest musical hits of all time (‘Les Mis’, ‘Evita’) are about relatively obscure episodes in foreign history.
How do I get tickets and how much do they cost?
Tickets run from £12.50 (for standing tickets, available from box office on day of performance only) to £250 (for a premium seat). It is a very popular show but there is not quite as much hysteria around tickets as on Broadway – you can usually find some available to book online from the official website, though they might not be cheap. See our guide here for more information on how to get ‘Hamilton’ tickets.
Who is in the cast?
Courtney Mae-Briggs (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds); Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza Hamilton); Tarinn Callender (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison); Allyson Ava-Brown (Angelica Schuyler); Jason Pennycooke (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson); Cleve September (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton); Sifiso Maziburo (Aaron Burr) and Dom Hartley-Harris (George Washington), with Jon Robyns as George III and Jamael Westman as Alexander Hamilton.