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Hamilton delays opening at Victoria Palace Theatre

Full casting has been announced for Lin-Manuel Miranda's upcoming production

Lin-Manuel Miranda
© Dan Wooller, 2017

The London production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton will open two weeks later than originally planned.

Due to the expansion and restoration of the Victoria Palace Theatre, the show will reschedule 16 performances. Hamilton will now begin previews on 6 December rather than 21 November as originally announced, with an official opening on 21 December.

Customers who purchased tickets via official channels will be contacted directly by Ticketmaster in order to be re-seated. Tickets which had been held in reserve to be used at the time the building was nearing completion will be allocated to those patrons who originally booked for the re-scheduled performances.

Cameron Mackintosh said of the news: "The time constraints to access the land around the theatre to enable the rebuild and getting the show open to the public by the end of this year have been equally tight, not helped by the theatre being built over the huge King's Scholars' Pond Sewer, an active 200 year-old brick tunnel.

"Added to the usual unhelpful problems that always happen when doing up old buildings, this has put pressure on the time needed to commission the entirely new services that have been installed at the theatre and obtain the necessary licences to reopen to the public. We have therefore needed to take a pragmatic decision to reschedule the previews of Hamilton to commence on 6 December, two weeks later than originally planned.

"I am, of course, sorry to amend the performance schedule but undertaking a private rebuilding project on this scale in central London has no precedent.

"Thanks to the phenomenal efforts of the amazing team (of hundreds!) working often around the clock to get the theatre ready, I look forward to welcoming our patrons to the newly constructed theatre where Frank Matcham's masterpiece will be revealed in even greater splendour as a spectacular home for this landmark musical."

The full cast has also been announced for the show, which includes Jade Albertsen, Curtis Angus, Johnny Bishop, Courtney-Mae Briggs, Jack Butterworth, Jon-Scott Clark, Kelly Downing, Leslie Garcia Bowman, Lia Given, Gregory Haney, Leah Hill, Barney Hudson, Waylon Jacobs, Miriam-Teak Lee, Aaron Lee Lambert, Phoebe Liberty, Sifiso Mazibuko, Gabriel Mokake, Alexzandra Sarmiento, Marsha Songcome, Christopher Tendai and Lindsey Tierney.

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

Hamilton runs at the Victoria Palace Theatre opens on 21 December with previews from 6 December.

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