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West End Hamilton delays opening

Hamilton on Broadway. Photo: Joan Marcus

Hamilton has postponed its opening at the Victoria Palace Theatre, blaming time constraints during a refurbishment of the building for the delay.

The Lin-Manuel Miranda musical was due to open on November 21 at the Victoria Palace, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration specifically for the show [1], however this has now been pushed back by two weeks until December 6.

Press night has been rescheduled to December 21.

Sixteen performances will need to be rescheduled, and the show’s producers said that any ticketholders for cancelled shows will be contacted directly by Ticketmaster in order to be reseated.

A large number of tickets had been held back from release, and these will now be used to reallocate audiences.

Co-producer Cameron Mackintosh, who owns the Victoria Palace, said the large-scale redevelopment of the surrounding Victoria area had enabled the restoration and expansion project, however the process had been “both thrilling and fraught”.

“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 December 6, 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.”

Fellow producer Jeffrey Seller added that he was “extremely sorry to disappoint patrons” and that rescheduling customers would be given “immediate priority”.

Jamael Westman will play the lead role in Hamilton, alongside a cast that also includes Rachelle Ann Go, Christine Allado and Giles Terera.

It is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler.

It is produced by Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, the Public Theater and Mackintosh.