Hamilton in the West End – Jamael Westman takes on title role, Michael Jibson plays King George

Hamilton marks Jamael Westman’s West End debut

Producers Jeffrey Seller and Cameron Mackintosh have revealed that Jamael Westman (Alexander Hamilton) and Michael Jibson (King George) will join the previously announced West End cast for Hamilton which will reopen the Victoria Palace Theatre later this year following an extensive multi-million-pound renovation and expansion to the listed building.

Westman and Jibson join the previously announced Christine Allado (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds), Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza Hamilton), Tarinn Callender (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison), Rachel John (Angelica Schuyler), Jason Pennycooke (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson), Cleve September (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton), Giles Terera (Aaron Burr) and Obioma Ugoala (George Washington). At certain performances, the role of Alexander Hamilton will be played by Ash Hunter.

They are joined by Jade Albertsen, Curtis Angus, Jonathan Bishop, Courtney-Mae Briggs, Jack Butterworth, Jon-Scott Clark, Kelly Downing, Leslie Garcia Bowman, Lia Given, Greg Haney, Leah Hill, Barney Hudson, Waylon Jacobs, Miriam-Teak Lee, Phoebe Liberty, Alexzandra Sarmiento, Marsha Songcome, Christopher Tendai and Lindsey Tierney. Final casting will be announced at a later date.

Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and helped shape the very foundations of the America we know today. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway – the story of America then, as told by America now.

Michael Jibson takes on the role of King George

Jamael Westman recently completed a run at Shakespeare’s Globe in The White Devil. Having graduated from RADA in 2016, he appeared in Richard Twyman’s production of Torn at the Royal Court Theatre. Hamilton marks Westman’s West End debut.

Michael Jibson’s previous theatre credits include Roots for the Donmar Warehouse, Road Show and Take Flight for the Menier Chocolate Factory, Puck in A Midsummer Nights’ Dream as well as Timon of Athens for Shakespeare’s Globe, Canterbury Tales for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Brighton Rock for the Almeida Theatre, Our House at the Cambridge Theatre for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award and Oliver! at the London Palladium.

Ash Hunter was recently seen on stage in Light Shining in Buckinghamshire for the National Theatre. His other theatre credits include Pitcairn at Shakespeare’s Globe, Antony & Cleopatra for the Royal Shakespeare Company and A Midsummer’s Night Dream at the Almeida Theatre.

Public booking opened on 30 January 2017 and the initial release tickets for the first booking period from 21 November 2017 through to 30 June 2018 is now sold out.

In the autumn, nearer the time of completion of the theatre’s refurbishment, the producers hope to make further tickets available for booking period one.

Further ticket releases will be announced at a later date via official Hamilton channels.

Full ticketing information can be found on the official website at hamiltonthemusical.co.uk and details of how to apply for the daily and weekly lotteries will be announced closer to performances.

Hamilton has book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, and is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton.

Winner of 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, Hamilton has smashed box office records on Broadway where it continues its run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre with the largest advance ever recorded in theatre history. A second US production is also playing to capacity at the PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago and a third US production opened in March at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco.

Hamilton is produced in London by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, The Public Theater and Cameron Mackintosh.

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