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  • Jack is ‘dancing the dream’ in hit musical Hamilton

    Henry James

    A DANCER from Maghull, who is in the ensemble of the hit musical Hamilton, was involved in a performance of one of the numbers of the show at the opening of this year’s Olivier Awards at The Royal Albert Hall in London.

    Jack Butterworth, who also plays Samuel Seabury, has been in the London production since it premiered in this country and re-opened the Victoria Palace Theatre on December 21, 2017.

    The 23-year-old, who went to Deyes High School, was chosen from thousands to appear in Hamilton and had to attend six or seven auditions to get the part.

    He said: “I am very grateful for all the help, support and belief from family and friends which has allowed me to get where I am.

    “I was delighted to be given the opportunity to perform with an amazing cast at the Oliviers.”

    His proud mum, Jacquie, said: “Jack is living his dream as Hamilton is the hottest show in the West End at the minute.

    “He has danced since he was seven and he was born to dance.

    “He told me he had an amazing experience at the Oliviers.

    “He has worked really hard to achieve what he has and he has received much support from family and friends.”

    Jack studied at Loretta Legge Theatre School in Maghull and then won a scholarship to Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom and graduated in 2014.

    He made his professional theatrical debut playing Rum Tum Tugger and Alonzo in Cats at the Blackpool Opera House and the London Palladium.

    More recently he appeared as the older Billy in the UK tour of Billy Elliot.

    Hamilton, which is a sung-and rapped-through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and has been written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and has met with critical acclaim.

    It won seven awards at Sunday's event, which celebrates the theatre scene in the West End.

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