You may have already seen the bad news email lurking in your inbox, and it’s true.
Hamilton has postponed it’s opening at the Victoria Palace Theatre due to unforseen issues with the building and surrounding area, which means those booked in to see any of the first 16 preview performances will need to be reseated.
Originally set to start previews on November 21, this date has been pushed back to December 6, with press night to take place on December 21.
Now, this is frustrating news for those early birds, especially if there are hotels and travel booked for the occasion. It’s probable that the fans who booked seats for those first performances are the die-hard, ‘must see it now!’ fans who’ve had the soundtrack on a loop for years, so it’s particularly unfortunate that it’ll be them potentially losing out.
Note the ‘potentially’ in that sentence, though, because Ticketmaster is attempting to resolve the issue by making the large number of seats being held back available to those who had bought tickets for that first run. The email – which you will receive by the end of today – will ask you to select three dates on which you are available to attend.
Co-producer Cameron Mackintosh, who owns the Victoria Palace, said: “The time constraints to access the land around the theatre to enable the rebuild and getting the show open to the public by the end of this year have been equally tight, not helped by the theatre being built over the huge King’s Scholars’ Pond Sewer, an active 200-year-old brick tunnel.
“Added to the usual unhelpful problems that always happen when doing up old buildings, this has put pressure on the time needed to commission the entirely new services that have been installed at the theatre and obtain the necessary licences to reopen to the public. We have therefore needed to take a pragmatic decision to reschedule the previews of Hamilton to commence on December 6, two weeks later than originally planned.
“I am, of course, sorry to amend the performance schedule but undertaking a private rebuilding project on this scale in central London has no precedent.”