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Hamilton - new cast announced as booking extends

Karl Queensborough

AS THE multi award-winning West End production of Hamilton enters its third year at the Victoria Palace Theatre, a new cast has been announced. The show has also extended its booking period until March 28, 2020.

From November 18, 2019, Karl Queensborough (pictured right) steps up to play the title role of Alexander Hamilton and Allyson Ava-Brown and Jason Pennycooke continue in their roles as Angelica Schuyler and Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson respectively.

They are joined by Emilie Louise Israel (as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds), Trevor Dion Nicholas (George Washington), Simon-Anthony Rhoden (Aaron Burr), Sharon Rose (Eliza Hamilton), Emile Ruddock (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison), Carl Spencer (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton) and, from November 4, Gavin Spokes will play King George.

Nuno Queimado will play the role of Alexander Hamilton at certain performances.

They are joined by Jade Albertsen, Curtis Angus, Robson Broad, Ashley Daniels, Lisa Darnell, Kelly Downing, Lydia Fraser, Dujonna Gift-Simms, Manaia Glassey-Ohlson, Joe Griffiths-Brown, Gregory Haney, Peter Houston, Barney Hudson, DeAngelo Jones, Jake Halsey-Jones, Phoebe Liberty Jones, Travis Kerry, Natasha Leaver, Aaron Lee Lambert, Sinead Long, Louis Mackrodt, Jay Perry, Alexzandra Sarmiento and Lindsey Tierney.

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.

Allyson Ava-Brown previously played Fantine in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre. Her other theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Aladdin (Lyric Hammersmith), Etienne Sisters, Crowning Glory and Dangerous Lady (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Quiet House (Park Theatre), Simply Heavenly (Trafalgar Studios) and Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest (RSC).

Emilie Louise Israel is making her West End debut in Hamilton. Her previous theatre credits include Nala in The Lion King and Jungle Festival for Disneyland Paris, The Woman in the US Tour of Gobsmacked! and the UK Tour of The Magic of Motown.

Trevor Dion Nicholas originated the role of Genie in the West End production of Disney’s Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre. He also played the role at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway and the U.S Tour. His other theatre credits include The Wiz, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ragtime, The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz, Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, Rent and The Exonerated for the ETA Hoffman Theatre, Germany.

Jason Pennycooke was Olivier nominated for the roles of Bobby Dupree in Memphis and Jacob in La Cage Aux Folles. He was also Olivier nominated for his performance in Hamilton and won the Whatsonstage Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. His other West End credits include Paul in Kiss Me, Kate (The Old Vic) and Sammy Davis Junior in The Rat Pack (Savoy Theatre). As part of Edinburgh’s Christmas 2016 programme, Pennycooke choreographed Five Guys Named Moe for Underbelly Productions in association with Cameron Mackintosh.

Karl Queensborough is currently performing in the London production as the alternate Alexander Hamilton. His many previous theatre credits include White Teeth (Kiln Theatre), Sylvia and The Girl From the North Country (The Old Vic), The Little Matchgirl (Shakespeare’s Globe/Bristol Old Vic/UK Tour), Aladdin, Cinderella, Dick Whittington and Jack and the Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Filter), The Machine Stops (Theatre Royal York/Pilot Theatre) and A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes (Tricycle Theatre).

Nuno Queimado is currently performing in the London production of Hamilton. His previous theatre credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Mother Courage and her Children and Side Show (Southwark Playhouse), From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre), The World’s Greatest Show (Royal Opera House), God’s Garden (UK tour) and The Little Match Girl (Sadler’s Wells). He also appeared in the ITV drama Cold Feet.

Simon-Anthony Rhoden trained at LAMDA. His theatre credits include The Color Purple (Leicester Curve), Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre) for which he won the Broadway World UK Award for Best Long-Running West End Show Performer, If I Should Stay (Soho Theatre) and Parade (Edinburgh Fringe). His screen credits include Feel Good, Let It Snow and Blue.

Sharon Rose currently performs as a member of the West End cast of Hamilton. Her previous theatre credits include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre), Motown The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Caroline or Change (Hampstead Theatre).

Emile Ruddock currently performs as part of the ensemble in the West End production of Hamilton. His previous theatre credits include Me and My Girl (Chichester Festival Theatre), Five Guys Named Moe (Marble Arch Theatre), Crazy for You (Watermill Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (UK Tour) and The Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic/Garrick Theatre).

Carl Spencer was last on stage in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the London Palladium. His other theatre credits include Motown the Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre), Annie (UK Tour), The Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic) and Dear Edwina (The Lost Theatre). His film credits include Rocketman.

Gavin Spokes has most recently performed on stage in A Very Expensive Poison at The Old Vic. His other theatre credits include Company (Gielgud Theatre), Quiz (Chichester Festival Theatre/Noël Coward Theatre), Against and 1984 (Almeida Theatre), Carousel (English National Opera), Guys and Dolls (Phoenix Theatre), She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre) and One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre on tour). His screen work includes Casualty, Hit Men, Brexit and Man Down (TV); The Courier and Made of Honour (film).

Full ticketing information can be found on the official website at https://hamiltonmusical.com/london/ which includes details of the Hamilton West End £10 daily Lottery as well as details of best ticket availability. Patrons are advised to check the official Hamilton channels for news of late release seats which may become available at short notice.

Production images (current cast).