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Founded by The Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, charity Sentebale last night collaborated with the West End’s record-breaking hit musical Hamilton to raise funds for their work with children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa.
The evening saw special guests Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend London’s Victoria Palace Theatre, with Harry joining the cast and creator Lin Manuel Miranda on stage, even teasing the audience by bursting into song.
Thank you to the cast and crew of @HamiltonWestEnd for a fantastic performance, raising awareness and funds for @Sentebale's work with children and young people affected by HIV #HamiltonLDN pic.twitter.com/M5hmjTfhEz
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) August 29, 2018
Harry sang the opening line of You’ll Be Back, the song sung by character George III in the production, much to the audience’s delight. Lin Manuel Miranda went on to express his delight at sitting next to a direct descendant of George III during the performance.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met the cast and crew backstage, in a week in which they have also announced a guest appearance at the forthcoming 100 Days Of Peace event at Central Hall Westminster on Thursday 6 September 2018.
Hamilton presented the special charity evening in aid of Sentebale, the charity co-founded by The Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso in 2006. The charity began working in Lesotho, a small, land-locked country in South Africa, with an aim to rewrite the future for the children and young people affected by HIV, providing the thousands of children and young people affected by the virus with vital access to care, education and, critically, psychosocial support.
In 2015, Sentebale announced plans to expand into several southern Africa countries by 2020, delivering psychosocial support to 10 to 19-year-olds who were struggling to come to terms with living with HIV.
Ahead of the event, Jeffrey Seller and Cameron Mackintosh, producers of Hamilton, said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Sentebale for this special performance. Whilst there has been significant advancement in the treatment and care of HIV, the virus sadly still affects whole communities in many parts of the world, and particularly in southern Africa. We are delighted to help raise funds for this extraordinary cause.”
The Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning Hamilton originally opened at the Pubic Theatre in New York in 2015. The Broadway production went on to win 11 Tonys and, in December 2017, the London production opened at the newly restored Victoria Palace Theatre, winning seven Olivier Awards.
The show tells 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, RnB and Broadway – the story of America then, as told by America now.
Find out more about the show with a look at our exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with Olivier Award winner Michael Jibson, who plays King George III in the show:
Hamilton continues its run at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre, with tickets available through Ticketmaster.co.uk. Fans can also catch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at 100 Days Of Peace on the 6 September 2018. We are offering two-for-one on tickets through Ticketmaster.co.uk.