Cameron Mackintosh has confirmed recent reports that the multi award-winning Broadway hit Hamilton will have its London premiere in October 2017.
Just hours after Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop flavoured show collected 11 Tony Awards, Mackintosh confirmed he had earmarked Hamilton as the production to launch his multi-million-pound refurbishment of the Victoria Palace Theatre.
Revealing details of his plans, the producer said: said, “Just occasionally in life the stars align as they have now, and I have the perfect theatre available for one of the most brilliant, original and entertaining musicals I have ever seen.
“The moment I saw Lin-Manuel’s remarkable Hamilton, I knew that this was a musical with a phenomenal story and score which will be performed somewhere in the world as long as people want to go to the theatre. To be working with my friend Jeffrey Seller again is an added bonus.
“My major redevelopment of the Victoria Palace will bring new life to a much loved building and I have no doubt Hamilton will do the same for the musical theatre.”
Heavily tipped from its Broadway opening night as a leading awards winner, Hamilton banked the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2016 Grammy for ‘Best Musical Theater Album’ before adding a stunning 11 Tony awards including the award for Best Musical to its trophy cabinet.
Currently playing to sell-out crowds on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, Miranda’s tale of one of America’s founding fathers debuted Off-Broadway in February 2015 where it secured the piece’s first gong, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical.
Commenting on his show’s upcoming London debut Miranda said: “The support Hamilton has received from our British fans has been incredible– I have been reminded of their love, which is just as our King George would want it to be! I’m thrilled the show will be shared with UK audiences starting in the fall of 2017 at the beautiful Victoria Palace Theatre.”
Miranda, who has also won rave reviews for his performance in the title role, will leave the show in early July. The writer, whose first show In The Heights was also a multi-award winner, is lined up to co-star on screen with Emily Blunt in Disney’s sequel to Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns which is set for release on Christmas Day 2018. Miranda is in discussion to join the London production when his packed schedule allows.
The Broadway production of the show which has book, music and lyrics by Miranda, is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, and is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton.
Hamilton is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, The Public Theater and Cameron Mackintosh.
The website hamiltonthemusical.co.uk is now offering fans the chance to register for priority booking. Tickets for the West End production are not due to go on sale until this November.
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