Scotland, the ancestral home of the lead character, will host the smash musical Hamilton.
The numerous award-winning production will make its first trip to the UK in 2024, beginning with a Scottish Premiere at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre.
The musical, which was written by Lin Manuel Miranda and whose first Broadway performances he also performed in, has achieved enormous success.
The performances will run from February 28 through April 27, 2019.
The life of Alexander Hamilton, a Scotsman who helped found the United States, is told in the play Hamilton.
The Laird of Stevenston, North Ayrshire's Kerelaw Castle served as Hamilton's great-grandfather.
Alexander Hamilton's father, James Alexander Hamilton, left Scotland as a child to work as a merchant in the West Indies. James Alexander Hamilton was born in Scotland in 1718.
Hamilton narrates his journey to becoming George Washington's right-hand man and a founding father of the United States.
Its music combines hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway styles and is based on the acclaimed biography by Ron Chernow.
The production, which has won Olivier, Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer Awards, has been performing at London's Victoria Palace Theatre since December 2017.
The performance there will wrap up in March 2024, and the touring production will begin touring the UK in February.
According to producer Cameron Mackintosh, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton is without a doubt the most brilliant, innovative, and modern musical ever produced. I consider myself extremely fortunate that Lin and my friend Jeffrey Seller, the original producer of the production, entrusted me with the UK and Ireland distribution of their wonderful musical.
"Hamilton's London production debuted in 2017 at the Victoria Palace, a venue I completely renovated for the show. It is still running there today and has achieved the same level of success as the Broadway version. ".
To expand the show's reach into more cities, he said he was "thrilled" to form a British national touring company. .
Opening in Manchester first, then Edinburgh, he said, "not far from where the real story of Alexander Hamilton began in Ayrshire, where his father was born in the 1700s, before he moved to Nevis in the West Indies.".
This week is when casting is supposed to start for the play.
Hamilton's Scottish premiere will be held at the Festival Theatre, according to Fiona Gibson of Capital Theatres, which manages the venue.
The fact that Alexander Hamilton was of Scottish ancestry makes it even more significant, so the narrative is in many ways hitting close to home. The Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, where Lin-Manuel Miranda once busked at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, is hosting this legendary show that has delighted audiences all over the world. ".
"Let me share with you what I wish I had known when I was young and full of dreams of glory.
You have no control over who gets to tell your story, who lives, and who dies. ".
Alexander Hamilton's story had never been performed on stage before Lin Manuel Miranda's 2015 musical, which he couldn't believe.
His view of Hamilton, who immigrated to America at the age of 17 and went on to become the youngest of the country's founding fathers, was that of the ideal immigrant.
The narrative is one of revolution, but Lin Manuel Miranda's use of hip hop and rap in addition to modern Broadway was equally revolutionary. Along with a cast of people of different races, he appeared in the first season of the show.
The end result was a new, upbeat show that was energizing and refreshing, with songs that were shared on TikTok to a young, devoted audience that was eager to hear more.
It did, however, appeal to a wide age range due to its historical plot and traditional musical structure. It received rave reviews from critics and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in addition to 11 Tony Awards.
It was filled with enough detail and had clever, amusing lyrics to make viewers want to watch it more than once.
It debuted in London in December 2017 but has never ventured outside of the UK.
Since July of last year, Reuben Joseph, a Scot from Helensburgh, has been playing the lead. Appropriate given Hamilton's own Scottish heritage.
He was reportedly proud of his Scottish roots despite being born in the Caribbean out of wedlock to a Scottish father. The laird of Ayrshire was his grandfather. There are still the remains of the family home.
Consequently, this is a sort of 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 postponed any prior plans, but it couldn't have come at a better time.
On March 13, 2023, tickets go on sale for the Festival Theatre production.