Hamilton in London: First preview of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical blows West End audience away

Jessie Thompson

The West End production of Hamilton opened its doors last night for its first preview, and it’s safe to say audiences were blown away.

The much-hyped hip hop musical about American history was due to open at the Victoria Palace Theatre on November 21, but delays to renovation work saw the opening pushed back.

Audiences certainly thought that it was worth the wait, tweeting their joy as soon as the show finished, writing that the show was met with a standing ovation.

Newcomer Jamael Westman plays the title role of Alexander Hamilton, originally played by the show's creator Lin-Manuel Miranda in the West End.

For a glimpse into the post-show euphoria, you only need to look at Twitter where the show’s hashtag has been trending since last night.

Miranda and his son made sure everything was just so before the doors opened.

A very British warm-up got the cast pumped up for their first audience.