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History of Hamilton: Showbiz, Revolution & Hip-Hop

History of Hamilton: Showbiz, Revolution & Hip-Hop

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  •  92 White Post Lane, London, E9 5EN
Suitable for: Adults
Dr. Richard Bell is Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland. British by birth and sense of humour, he holds a BA from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D... More Info »
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What does Hamilton tell us about U.S History? How does it dramatise historical events? And why does it all matter? Join Harvard-trained historian Dr Richard Bell for a unique look at the smash-hit musical.

London has Hamilton-mania! Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Olivier-winning musical is the talk of the town and the box office is taking bookings through doomsday. Everyone’s talking about this show and many of us have the triple-platinum cast album playing on repeat. Its crafty lyrics, hip-hop tunes, and big, bold story have sparked lots of new interest in the real lives and true histories that Hamilton: the Musical puts center stage.

In this talk, which is aimed at people who’ve seen the show or know the soundtrack, historian Richard Bell explores this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show-business.

We’ll learn what this amazing musical got right and got wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United States and about why that matters. We will examine some of the choices Hamilton’s creators made to simplify, dramatize, and humanize the complicated events and stories on which the show is based.

We will also talk about Hamilton’s cultural impact: what does its runaway success on both sides of the Atlantic reveal about the stories we tell each other about who we are and about the nations we've made?

Venue: White Post

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.

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What does Hamilton tell us about U.S History? How does it dramatise historical events? And why does it all matter? Join Harvard-trained historian Dr Richard Bell for a unique look at the smash-hit musical. London has Hamilton-mania! Lin-Manuel Mi... Read More
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