Cameron Mackintosh: ‘Hamilton is a credit to diversity in UK drama training’

Co-producer Cameron Mackintosh has hailed Hamilton's diverse, young cast led by Jamael Westman. Photo: Matthew Murphy
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Cameron Mackintosh has praised the West End production of Hamilton for giving opportunities to talent fresh out of drama school and from diverse backgrounds.

The Lin-Manuel Miranda production has begun previewing at the recently refurbished Victoria Palace theatre.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Mackintosh said he was proud some of the cast were barely out of drama school and that the show was a “credit” to drama training in the UK.

“It’s a credit to the brilliant training being given to young actors from all different races. It’s not at all like you hear in the media — that black actors aren’t being given chances.

“Come and see this show and you will see it’s full of people from all races. And they are all talented and they are all British. It was a complete delight, I’m more than thrilled.”

Hamilton has introduced a new paperless ticketing system, aimed at combating touts, where customers only receive their tickets when they arrive at the theatre with the card they used to make the booking and ID.

Early indications from previews suggest this has been a success, with reports that the production has been able to get the entire audience through its doors within 20 minutes.