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Tony Winner Alan Cumming Returns to Broadway This Spring in Acclaimed One-Man Interpretation of MACBETH -- 73 Performances Only at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre

"Four stars! Flying without a safety net,
Alan Cumming opens himself up physically, mentally
and emotionally in a performance of fearless bravura!
"

- The Herald (U.K.)

 
DIRECT FROM SOLD-OUT ENGAGEMENTS
AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND
AND THE LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL
 

KEN DAVENPORT

presents

Tony and Olivier Award Winner
and Two-Time Emmy Award Nominee

ALAN CUMMING

in a New Interpretation of Shakespeare's
Darkest and Most Powerful Tragedy

a

Directed by
Tony Award Winner 

JOHN TIFFANY

and

ANDREW GOLDBERG

STRICTLY LIMITED ENGAGEMENT!
73 PERFORMANCES ONLY
AT BROADWAY'S ETHEL BARRYMORE THEATRE,

APRIL 7 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2013
OPENING NIGHT IS SUNDAY, APRIL 21

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

OR CALL 212-239-6200

WWW.MACBETHONBROADWAY.COM

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Alan Cumming in
Tony Award winner Alan Cumming returns to Broadway this spring in a new one-man interpretation of MACBETH.
Photo: Albert Watson

Direct from acclaimed, sold-out engagements at the National Theatre of Scotland and the Lincoln Center Festival, Tony and Olivier Award winner ("Cabaret") and two-time Emmy nominee ("The Good Wife") Alan Cumming returns to Broadway this spring in a thrilling one-man interpretation of Shakespeare's darkest and most powerful tragedy, MACBETH.

Produced by Ken Davenport, the National Theatre of Scotland's MACBETH will play a strictly limited 73-performance engagement at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street).  

Preview performances begin on Sunday, April 7 (7 p.m.) with an official Opening Night on Sunday, April 21 (6 p.m.).  The Broadway engagement will conclude on Sunday, June 30. 

Tickets are on sale now.  Visit Telecharge.com or call 212-239-6200.

[See below for complete ticketing and performance schedule information.]

A tour-de-force performance directed by Tony Award winner John Tiffany ("Once") and Andrew Goldberg ("The Bomb-itty of Errors"), the National Theatre of Scotland's  MACBETH is set in a clinical room deep within a dark psychiatric unit. Cumming is the lone patient, reliving the infamous story and inhabiting each role himself. 

Closed circuit television cameras watch the patient's every move as the walls of the psychiatric ward come to life in a visually stunning multi-media theatrical experience of Shakespeare's notorious tale of desire, ambition and the supernatural.

"Performing MACBETH last year was the most challenging and fulfilling experience of my career by far, and so I am both honoured and daunted to do it again in my adopted hometown of New York City," said Alan Cumming.  "I'm also proud of the fact that the National Theatre of Scotland is directly funded by the Scottish government and I cannot think of a better way to trumpet Scotland and its commitment to the arts than being a Scotsman doing his National Theatre's production of the Scottish play on the Great White Way."

A Tony Award winner for his celebrated performance as the Emcee in the long-running revival of "Cabaret," Alan Cumming's other Broadway credits include Mack the Knife in "The Threepenny Opera" and Otto in "Design for Living."   

He made his professional theatre debut as Malcolm in "Macbeth" at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow in 1985, then went on to perform with Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre and Scotland's Dundee Repertory. At the Traverse Theatre, he appeared in "The Conquest of the South Pole," which transferred to London's Royal Court and earned him his first Olivier Award nomination. Other West End work includes "La Bête," the title role in "Hamlet" (TMA Award, Shakespeare Globe nomination), "Cabaret" (Olivier nomination), "As You Like It," "Singer" (Royal Shakespeare Co.), Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet"  (National Studio, London) and "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" (National, London, Olivier Award).     

Cumming is a two-time Emmy Award nominee for his current role in the CBS drama "The Good Wife."  Other television and film credits include "Goldeneye," "Spy Kids," "X2: X-Men United," "Titus," "Eyes Wide Shut," "The Tempest," "Sweet Land," "Sex and the City," "Frasier" and "Tinman."

This production of MACBETH marks the second collaboration between Alan Cumming and co-director John Tiffany.  The two first worked together on the National Theatre of Scotland's production of Euripides' "The Bacchae," which took the Edinburgh International Festival by storm in 2007 and subsequently toured in 2008 to Aberdeen, Inverness and the Lincoln Center Festival in New York. 
 
Andrew Goldberg runs the Shakespeare Gym in New York City and was staff director on the National Theatre of Scotland's production of "Black Watch" in New York, when he and John Tiffany first started collaborating creatively.
 

MACBETH features scenic and costume design by Merle Hensel, lighting design by Natasha Chivers, sound design by Fergus O'Hare and video projection design by Ian William Galloway, voice by Ros Steen, movement by Christine Devaney and music by Max Richter.

Visit the official website for MACBETH at www.MacbethOnBroadway.com. 

TICKETING AND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Tickets for MACBETH are $69.50-$135.00 and are now available by visiting www.telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.

Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre Box Office (243 West 47th Street) beginning Monday, March 18.  Box Office hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to showtime.

Through Saturday, April 20, the weekly preview performance schedule is as follows:

     Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.
     Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.
     (Dark on Wednesdays)

Beginning Monday, April 22, the regular weekly performance schedule is as follows:

     Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m.
     Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.
     Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.
     (Dark on Wednesdays)

SCHEDULE EXCEPTIONS: The first preview performance on Sunday, April 7 is at 7 p.m..  The Opening Night curtain time on Sunday, April 21 is at 6 p.m.

VIP Premium Seats for all performances available for $199.50.

For groups of 10+, please visit www.MacbethOnBroadway.com/groups or call 877-943-BWAY (2929).


COMPANY BIOGRAPHIES


Alan Cumming
ALAN CUMMING has a transatlantic, multi-award winning stage and screen career. He made his theatre debut as Malcolm in Michael Boyd's production of "Macbeth" at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow and his West End debut at the Royal Court Theatre in "Conquest of the South Pole," for which he received his first Olivier Award nomination. He has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre where he won an Olivier Award for "Accidental Death of an Anarchist." He was nominated for Olivier Awards for "La Bete" and "Cabaret," and his "Hamlet" at the Donmar Warehouse in London won him a TMA Best Actor Award and a Shakespeare Globe nomination. On Broadway, his acclaimed performance in "Cabaret" earned him a Tony Award. His other Broadway credits include "The Threepenny Opera" opposite Cyndi Lauper and "Design For Living," as well as roles Off-Broadway in Jean Genet's "Elle" (which he also adapted) and "The Seagull," opposite Dianne Wiest. In 2006, he returned to the British stage in Martin Sherman's "Bent," and in 2007 appeared in the National Theatre of Scotland's production of Euripides' "The Bacchae."  On television, he is currently appearing as Eli Gold on CBS' hit drama "The Good Wife," for which he has received two Emmy Award nominations. Over the last few years he has also: sung at venues around the globe including the Sydney Opera House; appeared in films opposite Helen Mirren, Cher, James Franco and Christina Aguilera; voiced a Smurf, a goat and Hitler; sparred with Dianne Wiest in "Chekhov;" directed and starred in a musical condom commercial; written articles for Newsweek, Harpers Bazaar and Out; recorded an award-winning album of songs and a dance remix; made three documentaries; released a second fragrance (naturally named Second Cumming); hosted PBS' "Masterpiece Mystery" as well as speaking out for LGBT equality and civil rights and going to Buckingham Palace to receive an OBE for all of the above.  Time Magazine also called him one of the most fun people in show business.

JOHN TIFFANY (Director) trained at Glasgow University gaining an MA in Theatre and Classics.  From 1997 to 2001 he was Literary Director at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and was Associate Director at Paines Plough Theatre Company from 2001 to 2005. He was Associate Director for the National Theatre of Scotland from 2005 to 2012. During 2010-11 John was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. On Broadway, John directed "Once," which won eight Tony Awards last year, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. Work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes "Macbeth," "Enquirer," "Peter Pan," "The House of Bernarda Alba," "Transform Caithness: Hunter," "Be Near Me," "Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us," "The Bacchae," "Black Watch," "Elizabeth Gordon Quinn," "Home: Glasgow." For "Black Watch," John has won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director, as well as a Critics' Circle Award for Best Director, a Scotsman Fringe First, a Herald Angel, and a Critics' Award for Theatre in Scotland. Other work includes "The Glass Menagerie" (A.R.T.), "Jerusalem" (West Yorkshire Playhouse), "Las Chicas del Tres y Media Floppies" (Granero Theatre, Mexico City and Edinburgh Festival Fringe), "If Destroyed True," "Mercury Fur and The Straits" (Paines Plough), "Gagarin Way," "Abandonment," "Among Unbroken Hearts," "Perfect Days and Passing Places" (Traverse, Edinburgh).

ANDREW GOLDBERG (Directorhas directed classical works, new plays, and musicals all over the world. His most well known productions include "The Bomb-itty of Errors," a hip-hop adaptation of The Comedy of Errors which premiered Off-Broadway before being seen internationally, including the Edinburgh Fringe (Stage Award for best ensemble) followed by London's West End; "Daddy Cool," the Boney M musical, at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London; as well as "Hair" in Asbury Park, "Romeo & Juliet" for American Stage, "Twelfth Night" at LaMaMa, "Fair Maid of the West" at Pleasance, London. For over five years he was the Associate Artistic Director of The New Group. He is also the founder of The Shakespeare Gym.

KEN DAVENPORT (Producer). Broadway producing credits include "Godspell," "Chinglish," "Oleanna" starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, "Speed-the-Plow," Will Ferrell's "You're Welcome America," "Blithe Spirit" starring Angela Lansbury and "13," as well as "Altar Boyz," "My First Time," "The Awesome 80s Prom" and "Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage" Off-Broadway. He also recently released "These Magnificent Miles: On the Long Road with Red Wanting Blue," a documentary on one of the top unsigned rock bands in the country. Featured on a national commercial for Apple's iPhone and named one of Crain's "Forty Under 40," Ken is one of the co-organizers of TEDxBroadway.  Ken is the writer of the popular blog TheProducersPerspective.com which has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Gothamist and more. Other projects include smartphone app AT THE BOOTH (Entertainment Weekly's "Must List"), Broadway board game Be a Broadway Star, and websites DidHeLikeIt.com and YourBroadwayGenius.com.  For more, visit DavenportTheatrical.com.

THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND is Scotland's first National Theatre company and has been touring world class work by Scottish artists throughout Scotland and beyond since 2006. The company has played to over 830,000 people across four continents. This marks the company's eight run in New York following presentations of The Wolves in the Walls at the New Victory Theater, three runs of Black Watch and Beautiful Burnout at St Ann's Warehouse, and The Bacchae and Macbeth at the Lincoln Center Festival. US tours include The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart and Long Gone Lonesome.  The National Theatre of Scotland is funded by the Scottish government. www.nationaltheatrescotland.com 

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