A one-man MACBETH will be performed by Alan Cumming, tonight, July 5 through July 14, at the Lincoln Center Festival. Tony Award–winning actor Alan Cumming returns to Lincoln Center Festival with a virtuoso performance in a bold reimagining of Shakespeare's chilling tale of desire, ambition, and the supernatural.
The production is set in a psychiatric unit and centers on a patient who is reliving the story of Macbeth. CCTV cameras watch the patient's every move and the clinical walls of the unit come to life in a visually stunning multi-media theatrical experience.
This innovative new production from The National Theatre of Scotland is directed by John Tiffany (Once, Black Watch) and Andrew Goldberg (The Bomb-itty of Errors), and had performances in Glasgow in June 2012 before coming to Lincoln Center Festival.
John Tiffany and Alan Cumming (who made his stage debut as Malcolm in Macbeth in 1985) originally 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 Lincoln Center Festival.
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.
Said the actor, "I have been obsessed with the play all my life. Speaking to John in New York, earlier this year, I had this idea I wanted to swap the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, because there are so many things about gender, I thought it would be a really exciting idea to flip that." He added: "So we did this reading like that, in New York, and Andrew suggested that I play all the parts, and I agreed to the idea."
The presentation is made possible in part by the members of the Producer's Circle.
There will be 10 performances: July 5 (preview), 6 (preview), 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 PM; and July 14 at 2 and 7:30 PM, at the Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
For more information, visit http://www.nationaltheatrescotland.com