All you need to know about Hamilton
Lin-Manuel Miranda's historical hip hop masterpiece comes to Ireland for the first time from 17 September - 16 November 2024 at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.
Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and helped shape the very foundations of the America we know today. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway – the story of America then, as told by America now.
The musical has book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and is directed by Thomas Kail.
Hamilton first took to the stage at off-Broadway venue The Public Theater in New York City in 2015. Only half a year later it opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, which also hosted writer Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights in 2008. The production continues to run at the New York City venue to this day.
The West End production opened at the very end of 2017 at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre.
From off-Broadway to London’s West End, Hamilton celebrates a multitude of award wins, from coveted Tony Awards to a selection of the UK’s prestigious Olivier Awards. The many accolades include Best Musical at the Tonys, Best Musical Theatre Album at the Grammys, and Best New Musical at the Oliviers.
Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda also celebrates a Pulitzer Prize and an Emmy Award among his plethora of distinctions. Having penned In The Heights and Hamilton, he is also responsible for the music in Disney’s Moana. His own acting credits include appearances in Mary Poppins Returns and Speech & Debate on the big screen, as well as stage appearances as Usnavi in In The Heights and as Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton.
From the moment the first bar of the musical’s opening number Alexander Hamilton kicks in, it’s clear that Hamilton is truly special.
Hamilton is 2 hours 45 minute (with 15-minute interval) thrill ride that fuses hip hop, RnB and a handful of traditional musical theatre elements, to tell the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s most iconic Founding Fathers.
Hamilton is bound together by the universal themes of immigration, love, politics, war, death, sadness and sacrifice, making the relatable musical highly enjoyable even for those less aware of America’s history.
The majority of the first half of Hamilton is centred around the American Revolutionary War, which ran from 1775 until 1783 and saw Britain’s 13 US colonies declare independence from the nation. Although the war ended over 200 years ago, parallels are drawn between the world of then and today.
One hugely memorable example comes in the opening of Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down), where Hamilton converses with fellow military officer Marquis de Lafayette. “We’re finally on the field, we’ve had quite a run”, with his compatriot and fellow US migrant joining him in declaring, “immigrants, we get the job done”. The moment is rightfully greeted by loud applause and cheers from the audience.
It underpins this powerful tale with top class technical prowess, from its lighting and costume to its unparalleled choreography and emotionally charged music, spectacularly cementing its place in the upper echelons of musical history.
Hamilton comes to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from 17 September – 16 November 2024. Tickets are on sale here now. See our Top Tips for Purchasing High Demand Tickets here.