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Why You Should Care That Hamilton is Coming to London

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Updated: 30 January 2017
As you may have heard, Broadway smash hit Hamilton is coming to London. Set to arrive at the Victoria Palace Theatre in November 2017, general tickets go on sale at 12 noon on Monday 30th January. Wondering what all the big fuss is about? Here are 5 things you should know about Hamilton.

It’s the story of the guy on the US $10 bill

Alexander Hamilton was one of the founding fathers of the United States and the first Secretary of the Treasury. British theatre-goers who aren’t so up on American history will recognise Hamilton as the guy featured on the $10 bill.

It was created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also took the title role

A photo posted by Hamilton (@hamiltonmusical) on

Prior to Hamilton, Miranda was best known for blending rap and musical theatre in the 2008 musical In the Heights, which told the everyday stories of residents in the predominately Latino neighbourhood of Washington Heights in New York. It is currently playing at the King’s Cross Theatre in London.

It’s Broadway’s hottest ticket, with an online ticket lottery that often gets over 10,000 daily entries

As the Broadway tickets sell out months in advance one of the few ways to grab a ticket is through the daily online lottery that sells the 21 front row seats for just $10 (#Ham4Ham.) However, the insane popularity of the show means you have about a 1000 to 1 chance of winning a ticket. A fan has even invented an app which reminds you to enter each day.

It dominated the acting categories at the 2016 Tony awards with 7 nominations, almost all for actors of colour

 

I will be proud to be a part of *this squad in *this photo for as long as I live. It was a magic night.

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The cast is notably diverse and includes a number of black actors in leading roles. The show’s domination of the 2016 Tony Awards, with 16 nominations, was a meaningful success in the year of #OscarsSoWhite.

Donald Trump isn’t a fan


The Hamilton cast personally addressed vice president Mike Pence after he attended a November performance in New York, asking him to take note of the show’s diverse cast and hoping that it had inspired him to uphold his American values and work on behalf of all of them. Donald Trump reacted to this with a string of tweets criticising the show.

Find out more about the London production on the official website.