Interview: Shan Ako, Simbi Akande & Ava Brennan, The Schuyler Sisters in Hamilton

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To celebrate 200 episodes of In The Frame, we’re joined by The Schuyler Sisters!

Shan Ako, Simbi Akande and Ava Brennan are starring as Eliza, Peggy and Angelica in the West End production of Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre. 

Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Thomas Kail with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton opened on Broadway in 2015 before transferring to the West End two years later. The London production picked up seven Olivier Awards, including Best new Musical. 


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Shan Ako is in her second year with Hamilton, starring as Eliza Hamilton. She previously played Éponine in Les Misérables (West End production & all-star staged concert) with her other theatre credits including the workshops of Rock Follies and Mandela as well as Children of Eden in Concert (West End), Whitney: Queen of the Night (UK & Europe Tour) and The Magic of Motown (UK Tour). 

Simbi Akande joined Hamilton this year as Peggy Schuyler & Maria Reynolds. Her theatre credits include: Mother Goose (Duke of York & UK Tour), The Prince of Egypt (Dominion Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Dominion Theatre), The Light in the Piazza (Royal Festival Hall & LA Opera), Violet (Charing Cross Theatre), Putting It Together (Hope Mill Theatre), Company (Aberdeen Arts Centre), Fiddler on the Roof (Chichester Festival Theatre), Ghost (UK Tour) and Show Boat (Gillian Lynne Theatre). 

Ava Brennan recently returned to Hamilton as Angelica Schuyler, having previously played the role. Ava’s recently played June in The Secret Life of Bees (Almeida Theatre) and Fatine in Les Misérables (Sondheim Theatre), with her other credits including Alline Bullock/cover Tina in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (West End), Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Old Vic), Nala in Disney’s The Lion King (UK tour, Hamburg & West End), Dynamite in Hairspray (Theater St. Gallen) and Nehebka/cover Aida in Aida (German Tour).

Hamilton is booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre until 28th September 2024, Visit for info and tickets.

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