Current exhibitions…

New mural for the Victoria Palace Theatre.

A new mural of "The Crazy Gang" has just been unveiled in the Royal Circle of the Victoria Palace Theatre. The Crazy Gang performed at the theatre frequently in the 1960s and 70s and included Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen along with Teddy Knox, Charlie Naughton, Jimmy Gold and 'Monsewer' Eddie Grey. The painting was commissioned by Sir Cameron Mackintosh as part of the refurbishment of the theatre and sits in a faux box at the back of the Royal Dress Circle. Hamilton is currently showing at the theatre.

A selection of the paintings from 'A Certain Tree' continue to be on show in the English Tea Room at Brown's Hotel in Albemarle Street.


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Portrait Commission for St Catherine's College, Oxford.

I am still working on a collection of portraits for St Catherine's College Oxford of the cameron Mackintosh Professors of Contemporary Theatre.

I have so far completed Stephen Sondheim, Sir Ian McKellen (featured below) Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Sir Michael Codron, Sir Peter Shaffer, Arthur Miller, Lord Attenborough, Sir Richard Eyre, Thelma Holt, Stephen Daldry, Dame Diana Rigg, Sir Nicholas Hytner, John Napier, Sir Tim Rice, Patrick Marber, Phillida LLoyd, Sir Patrick Stewart, Michael Frayn, Sir Michael Boyd, Stephen Fry, Simon Russell-Beale and Claude Michel Schonberg. The collection should be complete some time in 2018.

Sir Ian McKellen - Francis Hamel