|Written by||Mary P. Hamlin|
|Date premiered||September 17, 1917|
|Place premiered||Knickerbocker Theater|
New York City
|Setting||The Exchange Coffee House, Philadelphia; Alexander Hamilton's house, Philadelphia.|
Hamilton is a 1917 Broadway play about Alexander Hamilton, written by Mary P. Hamlin and George Arliss. It was directed by Dudley Digges and starred Arliss in the title role. It follows the attempts of Hamilton to establish a new financial structure for the United States following the Confederation Period and the establishment of a new Constitution in 1787.
Mary Hamlin, then a 46-year-old high society woman and mother of four, claimed that playwriting was her "secret desire."
- George Arliss as Alexander Hamilton
- Carl Anthony as Thomas Jefferson
- Hardee Kirkland as James Monroe
- John D. Ravold as William B. Giles
- George Woodward as General Philip Schuyler
- Guy Favieres as Count Talleyrand
- Pell Trenton as James Reynolds
- James O. Barrows as Zekial
- Wilson Day as Chief Justice John Jay
- Harry Maitland as Colonel Lear
- C.M. Van Clief as Citizen
- Florence Arliss as Mrs. Betsy Hamilton
- Marion Barney as Angelica Church
- Jeanne Eagels as Mrs. Maria Reynolds
- Gillian Scaife as Mrs. Zachery Whalen
Hamilton opened to positive reviews on Broadway. A review in the New York Post read, "Congratulations are due to Mary Hamlin and George Arliss upon the cordial public reception accorded to their play 'Hamilton,' upon the occasion of its first production in this city ... The piece is a welcome and, in some respects, notable addition to the small body of genuine American drama. ... it is a real play with real men and women in it, containing an appeal not only to popular taste, but to the attention of the intelligent theatergoer."
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- "The 100-year-old secrets of Broadway's first 'Hamilton'". New York Post. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 2016-09-09.