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Further casting announced for Hamilton

Jamael Westman and Ash Hunter will play the titular role in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about the founding father of America

Michael Jibson and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Michael Jibson and Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Further casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash hit musical Hamilton, which opens at the Victoria Palace Theatre in November.

Fresh out of drama school, RADA graduate Jamael Westman will star in the titular role as Alexander Hamilton. His stage credits include Torn at the Royal Court, and The White Devil at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Whilst training, his credits included Electra, Troilus and Cressida and The Winter's Tale.

The role of Hamilton will also be played by Ash Hunter at certain performances. Hunter starred in Pitcairn at Shakespeare's Globe in 2014, and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at the National Theatre.

It was also announced by the Daily Mail this evening that King George, the role originated by Jonathan Groff on Broadway, will be played by Michael Jibson whose previous theatre credits include Roots (Donmar) and Road Show. In 2004 he was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance as Joe Casey in the Madness musical Our House.

Jamael Westman will play Alexander Hamilton
Jamael Westman will play Alexander Hamilton

They will be joined by the previously announced Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza Schuyler), Giles Terera (Aaron Burr), Rachel John (Angelica Schuyler), Obioma Ugoala (George Washington), Christine Allado (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds), Jason Pennycooke (Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson), Cleve September (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton) and Tarinn Callender (Mulligan/Madison).

Miranda's multi award-winning musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of America, with a score that blends hip-hop, R&B and traditional musical theatre.

Last year the show broke records with 16 Tony nominations, winning 11, including Best Musical, as well as the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Hamilton opens at the Victoria Palace Theatre on 7 December, with previews from 21 November 2017.

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