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Lin-Manuel Miranda ‘frustrated’ by delay to Hamilton’s London debut

Lin-Manuel Miranda is frustrated the London opening of his smash hit musical Hamilton has been delayed by two weeks.
Previews of the show at the British capital’s Victoria Palace Theatre were originally due to begin on 21 November (17), but the first performance has been pushed back to 6 December (17) as renovation work on the venue is behind schedule.
The delay has resulted in hundreds of ticket holders having to be reseated, and the 37-year-old actor and composer says he’s a bit annoyed about the botched London opening.
“It’s frustrating,” he tells the Press Association. I share the frustration of everyone who had to get re-seated.”
The show will officially open on 21 December (17), and Lin-Manuel says he’s “anxious” to see it in the newly renovated theatre.
He is especially interested to see how London crowds react to Hamilton’s comedic depiction of British monarch George III, who he says is a favourite character of rapper Busta Rhymes.
“King George III is a crowd favourite with every actor, every rapper,” Lin-Manuel explains. “When Busta Rhymes saw the show he said ‘I need that outfit.
“I’m very curious to see how you guys react to King George III in the show. That theatre is in the shadow of Buckingham Palace so I’m very curious to see how that goes over.”
The hip-hop musical, which tells the story of U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton, is the biggest Broadway hit of recent years, and won 11 Tony Awards last year (16).
As well as creating the show, Lin-Manuel originated the role of Hamilton on Broadway, but has since stepped back to pursue other projects, including a role the new Mary Poppins reboot.

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