After Billy Elliot closed at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London’s West End, the theatre went into refurbishment for an exciting new show. That show? Hamilton, the smash musical that won 11 Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The show that incessantly sees overnight campers desperately sleeping outside its Broadway doors for the chance of a returned ticket. The show that is already fully booked all the way through to July 2018, with previews starting in November 2017 and an opening night on 11th December 2017.
And now the London run of the show has announced its Alexander Hamilton: Jamael Westman. Baz Bamigboye, entertainment columnist at the Daily Mail, announced the news on his official Twitter account earlier this evening.
— Baz Bamigboye (@BazBam) June 15, 2017
Jamael Westman is a British actor and recent graduate of RADA school in London. He was previously in Torn at the Royal Court and The White Devil at the Globe.
Ash Hunter will be the alternate for the role of Alexander Hamilton. He was most recently seen on stage as Rich in Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at the National Theatre.
Also announced as joining the London cast is Michael Jibson, who will play the role of King George. He previously played Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe, and Jimmy in Roots at the Donmar Warehouse.
They will join Rachel John (Angelica Schulyer), Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza Schulyer), Giles Terera (Aaron Burr), Jason Pennycooke (Marquis de Lafayette / Thomas Jefferson), Obioma Ugoala (George Washington), Cleve September (John Laurens / Philip Hamilton), Christine Allado (Peggy Schulyer / Maria Reynolds), and Tarinn Callender (Hercules Mulligan / James Madison).