On Wednesday 29th August, in the heart of London’s West End, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined HAMILTON’s Creators Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Alex Lacamoire for a special gala performance of the production in support of the charity founded by The Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso. The Victoria Palace Theatre was overflowing with an audience supporting the charity through the sold-out performance.

Sentebale’s collaboration with the record breaking musical HAMILTON has raised vital funds and awareness towards the charity’s work with children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa. Speaking to Miranda ahead of the evening’s performance, The Duke thanked the show’s author, remarking; “It means so much to us, and it’s going to be a fun night.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are greeted by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Vanessa Nadal, Thomas Kail and Alex Lacamoire. Photo Credit: Craig Sugden

Guests enjoyed a stunning performance of the Olivier award-winning production HAMILTON and after a rousing standing ovation, Jamael Westman who plays the title role and Giles Terera who plays Aaron Burr came forward to introduce the evening’s hosts, The Duke of Sussex and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Speaking to the packed-out theatre, Miranda began by saying; “The show talks a lot about legacy, and what we leave behind. And I want you to know that tonight, because you came to see a show we’ve raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to make a better life for people through the amazing work Sentebale does. That’s part of the true legacy that we get to pay forward.” He went onto say; “I’m so proud to be here tonight, so proud to represent this band, this cast, this incredible company so thank you so much for being here tonight.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda addresses the audience following the special gala performance. Photo Credit: Craig Sugden

While introducing The Duke, Miranda turned to the audience and said; “It’s funny, I was on my honeymoon when I thought, you know, it would be funny if I had King George in the show… smash cut to 2018, and I’m sitting next to his 6th Great Grandson. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Duke of Sussex.”

As he took to the stage The Duke of Sussex made a light-hearted gesture, breaking into mock-song; “You say…”, the words sung by the character depicting his own Ancestor King George III in HAMILTON. The Duke then continued; “Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you so much. Thank you to Cameron Mackintosh Productions, to the show’s creators Thomas Kail, and of course, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the cast and crew. And as I already mentioned, a round of applause to yourselves for taking part in this evening’s activities because you have, together, raised a huge amount of money to change the lives of thousands of children in Botswana and Lesotho. Through the work we are going to be doing now, we’ll be able to stop the generational handover, and hand-down, of stigma around HIV. Thank you so much for being here this evening… that was spectacular.”

The Duke of Sussex and Lin-Manuel Miranda on stage at HAMILTON. Photo Credit: Craig Sugden

The collaboration between the charity and HAMILTON will support Sentebale’s existing programming in Lesotho and help the organisation to further expand our reach to new territories where the need is so strong. Sentebale Chairman Johnny Hornby commented last night on the show “I’ve been lucky enough to see the show once before, it’s an electric atmosphere, but this evening it feels extra electric. For guests to be able to support the cause in such an innovative way makes it a truly magical and significant collaboration for Sentebale.”

The cast of HAMILTON, together with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex after the performance. Photo Credit: Craig Sugden

The Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning production of HAMILTON originally opened at The Public Theater in New York in 2015. Later that year, the Broadway production opened and, in December 2017, the London production opened at Cameron Mackintosh’s newly re-built and restored Victoria Palace Theatre. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway – the story of America then, as told by America 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.

Every ticket sold to the performance of HAMILTON at the Victoria Palace Theatre on Wednesday 29th August has raised vital funds for Sentebale’s work in southern Africa.

The cast and crew of HAMILTON, together with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and the shows creators Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Alex Lacamoire. Photo credit: Craig Sugden






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