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The internationally renowned musical extravaganza Hamilton welcomed a host of stars and high-profile reviewers for its opening night this week, having garnered praise throughout its preview season over the last fortnight.
Writer and Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda was present on the night, taking snaps with celebrities in attendance such as Welsh singer Tom Jones, new Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker, and actress Helena Bonham Carter.
Miranda played the title role of Hamilton on Broadway, which in London sees Jamael Westman take on the historical figure.
The story surrounds the rise of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, his relationship with political and social rival Aaron Burr, and Hamilton’s growing family.
The production, running at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre, has been the most anticipated musical to arrive in the West End in recent history. It has over the past two weeks attracted national attention from the public, press and celebrities.
Celebrating a high number of five star reviews, the musical has been described as revolutionary in its reinvention of musical theatre. The Times commends Hamilton for its modern take on American history, and the clear dedication to diversity in a potentially white male dominated tale.
The Guardian goes on the note the outstanding performances, and how the hip-hop inspired soundtrack perfectly fits the subject. The review continues to celebrate the expert blend of “political passion and nimble wit.”
The Evening Standard calls Hamilton a “knockout”, concluding that all should “believe the hype”.
The Daily Telegraph agrees in their equally glowing five-star review, equating the show to “the rapture of a crowd of believers meeting their awaited saviour.”
Running at close to three hours, Hamilton offers a unique musical experience in London’s West End, taking the traditions of the stage and using incredibly memorable music, sharp-tongued lyrics, and a moving blend of comedy and tragedy to present something entirely modern.
For more of an idea what Hamilton has to offer, check out these production images here.
Fans can also check their Hamilton knowledge with our lyric quiz.
Hamilton is now running at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre. For tickets as they become available, head to Ticketmaster.co.uk.