Following its impressive performance on Broadway and with a Grammy, Pulitzer Prize and 11 (count them, 11) Tony wins to its name, it’s no surprise that Hamilton is coming to our tiny island across the sea, England! With a premier date set for late 2017, more details have just been released including the all important sale dates.
Commenting on this announcement, Cameron Mackintosh said he ‘couldn’t be more thrilled that the brilliant Hamilton, already acclaimed as one of the landmark musicals of the 21st Century’ is coming to the UK.
And with this new announcement, there are 10 things you need to know:
1) What is Hamilton?
Based on the life and times of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton is an 18th century story told through 21st century verse. Blending R&B and Broadway, this story of America’s Revolutionary War has proved to be a revelation for audience, ‘the story of America then, as told by America now’.
2) When will it open?
In an interview today, Mackintosh confirmed that the show will have its UK premiere ‘in just over a year’s time, December 2017’.
3) Where is it on?
With refurbishments currently underway, Hamilton will officially reopen the Victoria Palace Theatre in London, ‘re-launch[ing] the much loved theatre on its next 100 years.’
4) Who will be in it?
Casting is already underway, as Mackintosh and the team ‘have already started the casting process and are very excited by the tremendous diverse talents that [they] are already seeing for the production’. Writer of Hamilton and Hamilton himself, Lin-Manuel Miranda has confirmed he will reprise the role, though it is thought it will not be at the start of the run. In a recent interview on BBC 5 Live, Mackintosh commented, ‘All I can tell you is that I do know Lin wants to come and perform at some point but there are no plans for him to be here when the show opens, except as the author’ (Official London Theatre).
5) How can I be in the room where it happens?
Where is it you want to be…?
6) When can I buy tickets?
The on sale dates have just been announced. All you loyal, royal subjects who signed up for Priority Booking can book from 16th January 2017.
7) I didn’t sign up for priority…but I still want to be in the room where it happens!
There is still time to sign up for Priority Booking, which closes on October 31st. If you don’t, you won’t have too long to wait, as General Booking opens 30th January 2017. If you’re willing to wait for it…
8) How much will it cost?
Information on prices and the performance schedule will be released in January 2017, but Cameron is keen to make it as affordable as its American counterpart. The Broadway production ran the Ham4Ham lottery, which sold front row seats for just $10 since Hamilton is (and will remain on) the $10 bill. Commenting that he’d like to continue this lottery in the UK, Mackintosh is also ‘planning to have is a far greater proportion of the house that will be £35 and under, than there is anywhere else, for Hamilton. It’s absolutely my aim to make sure that this show can be seen by as wide an audience as possible, because I do think it’s one of the greatest musicals I’ve ever seen and I’ll be completely thrilled if I ever see a better one in the rest of my life.’ (Official Theatre London)
9) How can I be in the room where it happens…on stage?
As mentioned earlier, casting has already officially begun for the show. But there will be open auditions, which will take place in the week commencing 7th November. They are keen to see performers of all ethnicities, and are looking for singers who can rap and hip hop dancers. Interestingly, the one role which you can not audition for is King George, which suggests they may already have someone in mind…
10) WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL DECEMBER 2017 TO SEE IT?!
Hamilton will be an incredible show when it opens…admittedly in a year’s time! There are plenty of behind the scenes videos and Ham4Ham on YouTube to keep you busy, and you can listen to the whole soundtrack before going. But in the mean time be patient like me, because…
Because I know it will be worth the wait.