Theatre may have migrated online for now (though here’s hoping that we’ll be back in the stalls and not just our armchairs or desks soon). Even though online theatre has created a much more level playing field in terms of opportunities for people and productions to be seen, with the smallest theatres like the Barn competing with the biggest like the National for audiences, star casting is STILL a thing.
So if this period of American history doesn’t potentially have a wide appeal, in the first instance, and the context is a major British loss… Why is Hamilton so popular and so relevant to Britain today?
So, that just happened! Despite some small disappointments in the nominations (nothing too much, just some things felt unnecessarily overlooked), I was rather looking forward to this year’s Oliviers.
Hamilton is everything you might hope for. Lin-Manuel Miranda has written a piece that is at once gloriously current and utterly timeless. The cast at the Victoria Palace Theatre gleans every last drop of emotion from each note.
A new booking period for the London production of Hamilton will go on sale on Monday 29 January 2018 at 12 noon GMT.
The world’s hottest musical arrives in London in a pristine production that is matched by a gleaming, newly renovated West End theatre that is far superior to the show’s Broadway home.
For all its considerable entertainment value, there are some vitally important messages here, about politics, society and the fragility of our institutions – messages that, 246 years after the birth of the world’s greatest modern democracy, are perhaps never more urgent than now. History has its eyes on us all, as one of Miranda’s lyrics reminds us.
Hamilton is slick, and lavish, and a glorious parade of movement and dance: Andy Blankenbuehler’s seamless choreography is a constant athletic cavalcade.
There are too many joys in the show to list them all. Be sure to look out for the arrival of Jefferson after the interval. Just try to get a ticket to the room where it happens and be ready for one of the best nights of theatre you can have. Welcome to London, Hamilton.
The smash-hit Broadway musical has made its West End premiere in the newly refurbished Victoria Palace Theatre. Just how many five-star raves can one show receive? Is this unprecedented? Love London Love Culture rounds up all of the first-night reviews…
My verdict? A top-class transfer of an all-American musical, spreading Alexander Hamilton’s story ever further – you won’t want to miss your shot to be in the room where it happens!
Change doesn’t just happen, it has to be ushered in by visionaries determined to shake up the status quo to allow the rest of us to shuffle in in their wake.
It sounds like the ultimate fringe oddity. Instead, after a sellout off-Broadway, it became is an almost instant legend of the stage thanks to Broadway audiences battling for tickets, the heartily applauding Obamas and a rattled, disapproving Trump.
Producers Jeffrey Seller and Cameron Mackintosh are delighted to announce that Jamael Westman (Alexander Hamilton) and Michael Jibson (King George) will join the previously announced West End cast for Hamilton.
Following a huge hiccup with regards to ticket collection and consequently a late running show, this world premiere concert of the new musical – in a one-off performance at the West End’s London Palladium on 29 June 2016 – was delightful, bizarre and completely unique.
Eugenius! makes for a curious tale. Tracking an implausible yarn of two brothers separated at birth, this ain’t no Blood Brothers, nor, with its focus upon geeky adolescents is it much of a Loserville either.