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What did you all really think to Hamilton?

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EachandEveryone Thu 20-Dec-18 11:56:44

Does it live up to its hype?

I saw it last night and it was lovely to see so many young in the audience. Its fab but im not convinced its the best think ive ever seen. The production was incredible and slick but it just went on a wee bit too long for me 😟. I understand im the only person in the world that feels like this😃

LloydColeandtheCoconuts Mon 07-Jan-19 18:59:58

Thanks all smile

lubeybooby Mon 07-Jan-19 15:14:20

honestly amazing - planning to go back asap

very clever. It's hard to express without giving spoilers as to the exact set up and things but I was still taking in the magnitude of what I had witnessed a week after seeing it! Bought the soundtrack immediately too (but I'd leave it a surprise if you haven't seen it yet)

potatoscone Mon 07-Jan-19 15:13:27

I have been up in the gods for £37.50 and rear stalls for £100. Different views but was happy with both. Stalls gives you decent facial expression view, high up gives you full stage action view.

Now waiting for further tickets to be released. The summer 2018 tickets were released a few days before Christmas 2017. December 2018 only gave us April 2019.

I would pay no more than £109 each and not fused about which section, so will hunt for the best fit (would rather row end than in the middle, especially up high!) when they eventually come out.

FayFortune Mon 07-Jan-19 15:11:48

Every time I hear a bit it confirms I'm not going to like it. so I'm not stumping up!

I never got Annie or Starlight Express either. But pretty much all other musicals I do like or love.

Mind you I spent years saying this about Les Miserables but I did end up liking the film. My brother had it playing in his car for years so I suppose I tuned in eventually!

bruffin Mon 07-Jan-19 15:10:25

Everybody's Talking About Jamie was fab
Dd and really didnt like Jamie, lacklustre and boring songs and very poor production values. We go to the theatre a lot ie every few weeks and it was the least enjoyable weve seen in West End.

Adored Hamilton saw it opening week and really want to see it again. Dc have sen it 3 times each

Branleuse Mon 07-Jan-19 15:03:57

when i took my eldest for his birthday last year, tickets were £100 each.

I took my dd after winning the lottery and got front row seats for a token £10 each

I took my other ds and we got seats for £37 and £57

All were good seats tbh, although I think id rather get the £57 ones again over the £100 as we got better leg room and not as crowded in the RC slip box, which more than made up for the very slightly obstructed view

MrsFezziwig Sun 06-Jan-19 20:47:37

We booked several months in advance (near the front of the Circle so decent seats) and they were about £100 each.

PawneeParksDept Sun 06-Jan-19 17:32:52

@LloydColeandtheCoconuts

I'd like to help but I booked WELL before release and so 18 monthsish later I really can't remember, I think it was around £200 total though, for two.

LloydColeandtheCoconuts Sun 06-Jan-19 13:57:38

For those who saw it how much did you pay - if you don't mind me asking. I've seen tickets for £100. --Which is a bargain compared to £200--hmm

EachandEveryone Mon 31-Dec-18 10:41:16

I bought my mum it for Christmas and she loves it. One of the benefits of not down loading is that you get s book and all the words! Sadly, her and her do will never beable to afford to go to London to see it. Lots of people miss out on the theatre experience.

PawneeParksDept Sun 23-Dec-18 22:26:21

For those on the thread who are fans of the show I feel Duty Bound to draw to your attention the latest Hamildrop

Hamildrops for those not in the know, are in the main various different artists performing versions of the shows songs much like in the Mixtape

This months Hamildrop is a bit special

It's One Last Time performed by Chris Jackson and Bebe Winans only Washington's final words concluding his Presidency are read by Barack Obama <gulp> poignant

https://youtu.be/wFEL_0UFgIs

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sat 22-Dec-18 18:13:58

It wasn’t for me, was looking forward to it but left feeling a bit meh. Saw The Band a few weeks later and preferred it.

ethelredonagoodday Sat 22-Dec-18 18:02:34

Really interested to read this. Big theatre fan, but not made it to Hamilton yet!

PawneeParksDept Sat 22-Dec-18 16:32:59

Liverpool is ALWAYS packed out for a big musical like say Lion King or Wicked. I suppose things that are sure fire returns in terms of "Will I like this?"

I've also been to operas there well attended

But I guess the crowd that automatically goes to Grease and the crowd that automatically goes to Matthew Bourne don't necessarily intersect unless you're like me and love the theatre and go to anything

greenlanes Sat 22-Dec-18 15:53:03

Just popping on to add to the conversation about London theatre and the audience being mostly middle age, white and middle class. First thing to remember is that London has a lot of overseas visitors so many of the people you see at the theatre are not from the UK. So terms like middle class are snobby words being thrown around. It also totally depends where you sit. When I go with friends and it is a production we desperately want to see we pay for good seats in the stalls - that is more likely to be older people and white. If I go to see something on my own and I am unsure if I really want to see it I pay for cheap seats in the gods. Beyond a different experience - many many more young people, lots of languages, very mixed. Interesting behaviours too but we wont discuss that here. But what is lovely is how difficult it can be to get seats - so the London theatres are full. Went to see matthew Bourne in Liverpool this year - cheap seats as I had already seen it in London - the theatre was so empty. That made me very sad as the company was touring to avoid the "only" London label.

I went to Broadway earlier this year and didnt find the audience particularly mixed, apart from Whoopie Goldberg who got clapped and cheered. Poor love - we mostly ignore celebrities here who are in the audience.

missmouse101 Sat 22-Dec-18 15:46:12

Tickets were £200 each when I looked! No way could I afford that.

MrsFezziwig Sat 22-Dec-18 15:43:28

Members of the company went to do some outreach work at my niece’s school and they were allocated some tickets, so she went for free!

Also they have the lottery on the app so potentially you could get a ticket for £10. If I lived in London I’d apply every night I was free until I got one!

EachandEveryone Sat 22-Dec-18 15:31:06

You can only hope that they do school trips to the theatre or have special showings, they might do.

PawneeParksDept Sat 22-Dec-18 15:23:01

Though I too am poor and white it's a fact that BAME actors/roles are underrepresented in theatre and that Hamilton is doing something different

I was thinking again more in terms of America where the story is about a young man who arrived from the Caribbean with nothing; but the several thousand dollar price tag tickets exclude anyone not in the elite and as everyone is aware, the wealthiest Americans are majority white which is ironic given the point of diversity in Hamilton I suppose

I apologise if this thought is poorly expressed

EachandEveryone Sat 22-Dec-18 15:12:38

Come on now, it doesn’t matter what show it is live theatre has always been out of reach for ordinary families and people in general. It’s not a race thing. I only go when I either get cheap tickets and sit in the gods (anyone can access them) or Ive saved to get myself a good seat. I went to Hamilton as someone treated me. I’m white working class and broke

JassyRadlett Sat 22-Dec-18 13:53:29

Thanks youve just clarified what i thought about it being a better show over there.

Same show, massively different context.

PawneeParksDept Sat 22-Dec-18 13:32:55

I do think it's a crying shame that as someone rightly pointed out the audiences have been predominantly white and middle class, unfortunately those audiences that would most benefit from experiencing Hamilton (in terms of that story being told that way) have been priced out particularly in the US but even in the UK

EachandEveryone Sat 22-Dec-18 13:27:54

Thanks youve just clarified what i thought about it being a better show over there.

PawneeParksDept Sat 22-Dec-18 13:07:04

Some people seem to lack some basics here

The reason for the very strict ticketing rules in the UK was due to the way in which the Broadway ticket system was manipulated and tickets being resold for as much as $10,000 a pop such was the level of popularity

During my performance there were LOTS of Americans who had flown to London to see it because it was cheaper to do so.

It's never going to have the same cultural impact here - due to Hamilton being basically an unknown figure in the UK though he was also uncelebrated in the US before this.

The racially diverse casting is also a bigger deal there as the US has the double legacy of slavery, and segregation whereas the impact of slavery was less great here and we never had segregation

Chris Jackson, a black man, played Washington a man who owned slaves.

Similarly for Daveed Diggs who played Jefferson

Now their lives are being told through black men accompanied by black music

These actors, from the top down are household names now in the US but were little known outside of Broadway.

We're a different country, it's not the same show here.

I had a bit of a chuckle about LMMs worries over his portrayal of King George III

It's like dude, a whole other playwright who was British already wrote a play literally saying he was insane - no one cares.

Triskaidekaphilia Sat 22-Dec-18 13:01:47

I've watched a recording of the original cast and listened to the soundtrack over and over, and now I feel like any other cast won't live up to it. Not because the actors won't be good but you get used to particular voices and mannerisms. Same with Legally Blonde.

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