Broadway’s Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre
The biggest musical theatre news over the weekend was the success of Broadway hit Hamilton, which picked up eleven Tony Awards at the most 2016 ceremony. It can now lay claim to being one of the biggest shows in the world and with that in mind it was only a matter of time before West End audiences got to experience it first hand.
It was first rumoured that Hamilton would be transferring to the West End last year, with the Evening Standard revealing that Sir Cameron Mackintosh was interested in bringing it to the capital. Now, after its huge success at the Tony Awards, it has been confirmed that the production will head to the Victoria Palace Theatre next year.
Hamilton is the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States. It is a hip-hop musical that focuses on the chief staff aide of George Washington, who was born in the 1750s and founded many of the systems that are still used in the United States in the modern day. With many highs and lows during his life, his story is perfect for the stage musical treatment.
So the show will now head to the Victoria Palace Theatre, which is undergoing a major refurbishment following the closure of Billy Elliot The Musical. When it opens in October of 2017 it will join an array of other Broadway hits that have enjoyed productions in the West End, with The Book of Mormon ongoing and Jersey Boys also continuing to draw in the crowds.
The musical is the work of Lin-Manuel Miranda, who penned the book, music and lyrics from the novel by Ron Chernow. Sir Cameron Mackintosh is one of the big names bringing the show to London, whilst Thomas Kail directs the production in the United States.
Audiences have a bit of a wait until the production opens in October 2017, but in the mean time they can enjoy other Broadway hits in the capital, with Aladdin The Musical soon to get its official opening and Rent returning to the capital with a run at the St James Theatre this Christmas.