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Saturday 24 February 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda rules out starring in opening West End run of Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda arrives at the 2016 Governors Awards (AP)
Lin-Manuel Miranda arrives at the 2016 Governors Awards (AP)

The creator of hit Broadway musical Hamilton has ruled out starring in the opening run of the West End version of the show.

Lin-Manuel Miranda said casting was under way to find an actor to play American founding father Alexander Hamilton in the London production.

Miranda, who has been filming the sequel to Mary Poppins in the UK, said he was hopeful that West End theatregoers will get a "great production".

He told the Press Association: "We're starting the casting now to find an amazing European cast for Hamilton, an American musical. That is really exciting.

"I can't wait. We've got a year to get our act together."

Asked whether he planned to star in the opening run of the West End production, Miranda replied: "No, I don't think so.

"We're going to try and find the best Hamilton we can. I'll be there cheering on opening night and I'll be there for rehearsals.

"I think I'll probably just stick around after we've finished filming Mary Poppins and help get that set up."

Theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh, who is bringing Hamilton to the West End, told The Telegraph last month that Miranda will be appearing in the London run, although not necessarily at the start.

Miranda, who was speaking at the Governors Awards in Los Angeles, wrote Hamilton and starred in the lead role before leaving the Broadway show in July.

The critically-acclaimed production won 11 Tony Awards, including best musical, and received the Pulitzer Prize for drama earlier this year.

The story is based on Ron Chernow's biography of Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who was George Washington's aide and helped shape the US constitution.

Celebrity fans include President Barack Obama, Star Wars director JJ Abrams and rapper Jay Z.

Tickets for the West End production of Hamilton go on sale in January, while previews of the show will begin at London's Victoria Theatre in November 2017.

Press Association

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