Hamilton UK Tour Review, The Palace Theatre, Manchester

HAMILTON TOUR. The Company. Photo by Danny Kaan
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Yesterday evening, I had the privilege of stepping back in time as the UK tour of Hamilton commanded the spotlight at the Palace Theatre in Manchester. The revolutionary story of Alexander Hamilton came alive in the vibrant heart of the city. With the dimming of lights and the audience falling into hushed anticipation, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece unravelled before us—a mesmerizing fusion of hip-hop beats, soaring melodies, and a cast that infused vitality into the pages of the American historical narrative.

HAMILTON TOUR. Daniel Boys as King George. Photo by Danny Kaan

What Is Hamilton About?

Hamilton” is a musical that tells the life story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical draws inspiration from Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton. The musical follows the life of Alexander Hamilton, from his impoverished upbringing in the Caribbean to his involvement in the American Revolutionary War and his contributions to the formation of the United States.

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The show explores the relationships between Hamilton and other historical figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Aaron Burr. It delves into the political and personal conflicts that shaped the United States’ early years. Hamilton captures the revolutionary spirit of the time, both in terms of the American Revolution and the political and social changes in the newly formed United States.

Known for its innovative use of musical styles, blending hip-hop, R&B, pop, and traditional musical theatre. This unique approach to the music makes the production feel fresh and relatable to contemporary audiences.

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

My Review

From the moment the ensemble burst onto the stage, I was captivated. Hamilton unfolds like a mesmerizing ballet, presenting a production that is richly layered with numerous dimensions. Shaq Taylor’s portrayal of Alexander Hamilton is masterful, embodying a blend of determination, arrogance, and occasional vulnerability.

The character of Eliza, played by Maya Britto, is impossible not to adore. As Hamilton’s steadfast and enduring wife, she stands by him unwaveringly. Her narrative alone deserves its own spotlight, and Britto executes the role flawlessly. Daniel Boys, portraying King George, injects a refreshing touch of humor into the production.

There’s almost too much to unpack; It’s a visual spectacle that leaves you wanting more. To absorb every moment, every musical note, and every intricate detail. Each movement is impeccably choreographed, and every voice carries profound meaning, demonstrating talent on every level.

Would I recommend Hamilton? Without a doubt, It immerses you into a glorious emotional rollercoaster from joy and laughter to tears, all in the change of a note.

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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Sarah Christie is a craft, food, cruise, and family travel blogger Extraordinary Chaos, Cruising For All and Mini Travellers. Known for her unique perspective and ability to find beauty in chaos, Sarah designs and creates craft projects as well as creating recipes for people who want to cook from scratch the easy way. Whilst also exploring family travel and how to navigate it.

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