Review, Hamilton UK Tour, Palace Theatre, Manchester

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Last night I was able to go back in time as the UK tour of Hamilton took centre stage at the Palace Theatre in Manchester. Bringing the revolutionary tale of Alexander Hamilton to the bustling heart of Manchester. As the lights dim and the audience hushes in anticipation, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s magnum opus unfolds in a captivating tapestry of hip-hop beats, soaring melodies, and a cast that breathes life into the pages of the American history book.

HAMILTON TOUR. DeAngelo Jones, Shaq Taylor, Billy Nevers and KM Drew Boateng. Photo Danny Kaan-2
Photos: Danny Kaan.

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Review of Hamilton 

What Is Hamilton About?

Hamilton, created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, premiered on Broadway in 2015. The musical tells the life story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

Hamilton blends hip-hop, R&B, pop, and traditional musical theatre styles to tell the story of Hamilton’s life. From his early days as an orphan in the Caribbean to his role in the American Revolution and his work as a key figure in forming the United States government.

The musical also explores Alexander Hamilton’s relationships with other historical figures. These include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Aaron Burr. Plus, the love of his life, Eliza, and how Hamilton is torn with his flirtatious friendship with sister-in-law Angelica.

HAMILTON TOUR. Maya Britto, Aisha Jawando and Gabriela Benedetti. Photo by Danny Kaan

Hamilton has received widespread acclaim for its innovative use of music and its ability to make history accessible and entertaining. As such, it won numerous awards, including 11 Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The show’s popularity led to a cultural phenomenon.

My Review

From the minute the cast burst onto the stage, I was in, hook, line, and sinker. Hamilton is akin to watching a ballet, the production is multi-faceted with so many levels. You don’t know where to look first. Shaq Taylor played Hamilton beautifully with an air of determination, arrogance and, at times, vulnerability.

You can’t help but fall in love with Eliza, (Maya Britto) Hamilton’s long-suffering wife who stood by his side no matter what. Her story alone is worthy of its very own spotlight and played to perfection. Whilst Daniel Boys, King George brings a lighter comedic air to the production.

There is almost too much to talk about; Hamilton is a visual feast that has you not wanting it to end and desperate to take in every second, every note and every detail. The set is very simple; the cast has nowhere to hide, but they don’t need it. Every movement perfectly choreographed, every voice meaningful.

Would I recommend Hamilton? In a heartbeat, it takes you on an emotional rollercoaster that blew my mind. Not very eloquent but sometimes words fail you, and that is the Hamilton effect.

HAMILTON TOUR. Sam Oladeinde as Aaron Burr. Photo by Danny Kaan

Where can you see Hamilton?

Hamilton is playing at the Palace Theatre Manchester until 24th February 2024. With tickets from £25 plus a booking fee and then at the Bristol Hippodrome from Tue 30 Apr – Sat 22 Jun 2024.

Please note I was gifted the tickets in return for an honest review; see more theatre reviews here. And here’s where to park nearest the Palace Theatre Manchester.

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