The first UK performance of ‘Hamilton’ left people ’emotionally wrecked’

The Tony-winning musical is now playing at London's Victoria Palace Theatre.

The first UK performance of huge Broadway hit Hamilton was a resounding success last night (December 6).

The smash musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda will open officially at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre on December 21.

Last night’s first preview performance had been pushed back by two weeks, but those in attendance reported no technical glitches or mishaps.

Daniel Lewis called the musical, which has already won 11 Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, “the most astonishing piece of theatre I’ve ever seen”.

The musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers, using songs that incorporate elements of rap, hip-hop, pop, R&B and soul as well as more traditional show tunes.

The West End production stars Jamael Westman as Hamilton, a part originally portrayed in the Broadway production by Miranda himself.

Alex Packer called the West End production “perfect”, while Alim Kheraj hailed it as “amazing”. Amy Matthews said it had left her “emotionally wrecked”.

Renowned theatre critic Baz Bamigboye called it the best musical preview he’d seen since a 1989 performance of Miss Saigon.

Tickets for Hamilton in London have been incredibly high demand, but producers have recently announced a free-to-enter “lottery” system which allows winners to buy either one or two tickets for £10 each. Find out more on the musical’s website.