For more than five years, the Victoria Palace theatre in London has been the only “room where it happens” in the UK. But Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash-hit musical Hamilton, about US founding father Alexander Hamilton, will embark on a tour beginning in Manchester in November and continuing in Edinburgh next year, with further locations to be announced.
Cameron Mackintosh, producer of the tour, said he would be assembling a new company of actors “to bring this great show to our leading cities”, while the London production runs simultaneously. Visiting Scotland will be fitting, added Mackintosh, because “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”.
Hamilton’s first UK tour will open at the Manchester Palace theatre on 11 November for a 15-week season. It will then run at the Festival theatre, Edinburgh, from 28 February to 27 April. Tickets go on sale on 13 March.
Hamilton has been running at the restored Victoria Palace theatre in London since 2017 and is currently booking until March 2024. It has run on Broadway since 2015 and has toured in North America, Australia and Germany.
The show, with book, music and lyrics by Miranda, who originally starred as Hamilton (the first secretary of the Treasury), had its first performances off-Broadway at the Public theater in New York in 2015. It has won the Pulitzer prize for drama, 11 Tony awards and seven Olivier awards.