Broadway and West End musical sensation Hamilton will be coming to Scotland for the first time in 2024.
The multi-award winning production by Lin-Manuel Miranda, which is embarking on a UK tour for the first time, tells the story of American founding father, and son of a Scotsman, Alexander Hamilton, credited with laying the foundation for American government and finance.
Miranda describes the hip hop musical as “America then, as told by America now”.
Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre will host the show for a nine-week run from February 28, 2024 until April 27, 2024, after it first opens at the Manchester Palace Theatre in November.
Tickets for the show will go on general sale on March 13, 2023.
Theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh, who first brought Hamilton to London in 2017 and has produced the likes of Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, and Miss Saigon, will bring the show on its UK tour for the first time.
He said: “Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is indisputably the most brilliant, ground-breaking, contemporary musical of modern times. I feel extraordinarily fortunate that Lin and my friend Jeffrey Seller, the show’s original producer, have entrusted me with their wonderful musical in the UK and Ireland.
“The London production opened in 2017 at the Victoria Palace, a theatre I completely rebuilt to house Hamilton, where it continues to play and has proved to be as big a success as the Broadway original. So, I am thrilled that it is time to put together a second British national touring company to bring this great show to our leading cities.
“Opening first in Manchester, followed by Edinburgh – not far from where the real story of Alexander Hamilton began in Ayrshire, where his father was born in the 1700’s, before he moved to Nevis in the West Indies. Tomorrow we start casting for a brilliant new company. We look forward to welcoming audiences to ‘the room where it happens’.”
Fiona Gibson, CEO of Capital Theatres who runs the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh said: “We’re utterly thrilled to be hosting the Scottish premiere of Hamilton at the Festival Theatre.
“It’s even more significant that Alexander Hamilton was of Scottish descent, so in many ways the story is coming home. To have this iconic show which has delighted audiences round the world here at the Festival Theatre and in Edinburgh where Lin-Manuel Miranda once busked at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is really special. Today we welcome another iconic Scotsman, Cameron Mackintosh, who we’re overjoyed to be working with again. We know audiences will be as excited as we are to see this musical phenomenon.”
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