The popular musical Hamilton will be performed in Scotland, the country of the main character's ancestors.
In 2024, the multi-award-winning production will embark on its first UK tour, beginning with a Scottish Premiere at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre.
The musical was written by Lin Manuel Miranda, who also starred in its initial Broadway performances.
The performances will run from February 28 through April 27 of the following year.
The biography Hamilton tells the tale of Alexander Hamilton, a Scotsman who helped found the United States.
Laird of Kerelaw Castle in Stevenston, North Ayrshire, was Hamilton's great-grandfather.
James Alexander Hamilton, who gave birth to Alexander Hamilton in the West Indies in 1718, was his father. James Alexander Hamilton was born in Scotland in 1718.
The biography of Hamilton details his development into a founding father of America and George Washington's right-hand man.
It is based on the well-regarded biography by Ron Chernow, and the music combines Broadway, jazz, hip-hop, and R&B.
Since December 2017, the production, which has won Olivier, Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer Awards, has been playing at London's Victoria Palace Theatre.
The production will tour the UK starting in February and finish its run there in March 2024.
Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda is without a doubt the most brilliant, innovative, and modern musical of our time, according to producer Cameron Mackintosh. I consider myself extremely fortunate that Lin and my friend Jeffrey Seller, the original producer of the production, have given me the responsibility of distributing their wonderful musical in the UK and Ireland.
The London production of Hamilton debuted in 2017 at the Victoria Palace, a venue I completely renovated for the production. It is still playing there today and is enjoying just as much success as the Broadway version. ".
In order to take the show to more cities, he said he was "thrilled" to put together a British national touring company. .
The real Alexander Hamilton story began in Ayrshire, where his father was born in the 1700s, before moving to Nevis in the West Indies, he said, adding that Manchester and Edinburgh would open first.
This week is when casting for the play is supposed to start.
We are beyond thrilled to be hosting the Scottish premiere of Hamilton at the Festival Theatre, said Fiona Gibson of Capital Theatres, which manages the Festival Theatre.
"Alexander Hamilton's Scottish ancestry makes it even more significant, so in many ways the story is hitting close to home. It's really special to have this well-known production, which has delighted audiences all over the world, at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, the city where Lin-Manuel Miranda once busked at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. ".
"Let me share with you what I wish I knew when I was a young man dreaming of glory.
Who lives, who dies, and who tells your story is beyond your control. ".
Before he wrote his musical in 2015, Lin Manuel Miranda couldn't believe Alexander Hamilton's story hadn't been presented on stage.
He viewed Hamilton, the youngest of the nation's founding fathers who immigrated to America at the age of 17, as the epitome of the immigrant.
The narrative is one of revolution, but Lin Manuel Miranda's presentation of it was also revolutionary because it combined modern Broadway with hip-hop and rap. He participated in the original cast of the program, which included people of various races.
The end result was a fun and upbeat new show, whose songs were shared on TikTok to a young, devoted audience who was eager to hear more.
But it also had appeal across age groups due to its historical plot and conventional musical structure. It received rave reviews from critics and went on to win 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
People would want to watch it more than once because of the clever and humorous lyrics and the amount of information it contained.
It debuted in December 2017 in London but has never ventured outside of the UK.
Reuben Joseph, a Scot from Helensburgh, has been playing the lead role since July of last year. Given Hamilton's own Scottish heritage, appropriate.
He was born to a Scottish father out of wedlock in the Caribbean, but he seemed to be very proud of his Scottish heritage. In Ayrshire, his grandfather served as a laird. The family home's ruins are still visible.
So, in a way, this is a homecoming. It could not have come at a better time for the Edinburgh Festival Theatre or for those who have had Hamilton on their bucket list for many years. Presumably the pandemic has delayed any prior plans, but why now?
On March 13, 2023, tickets for the Festival Theatre production go on sale.