Macbeth on Broadway

Alan Cumming as Macbeth (photograph by Albert Watson)

Alan Cumming as Macbeth (photograph by Albert Watson)

The National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Macbeth featuring Alan Cumming is to be presented on Broadway by a leading US theatre producer.

The production premiered at Tramway, Glasgow in June 2012, then transferred to the Lincoln Center Festival in New York.  Ken Davenport, an independent New York producer will be presenting the production for 73 performances from 7th April 2013 at the Ethel Barrymore Theater.

Find out more about the production here.

Neil Murray, Executive Producer at the National Theatre of Scotland said, “We are thrilled that a leading New York commercial producer is taking on our acclaimed production of Macbeth, featuring Alan Cumming’s stunning performance.  We believe that this will be the first time that Shakespeare’s Scottish play will have been performed by a Scottish actor and a Scottish company on Broadway

Olivier and Tony award-winner Alan Cumming takes on all of Shakespeare’s characters, in a bold re-imagining of Shakespeare’s chilling tale of desire, ambition and the supernatural. The production is set in a psychiatric unit and centres on a patient who is reliving the story of Macbeth. CCTV cameras watch the patient’s every move and the white clinical walls of the unit come to life in a visually stunning multi-media theatrical experience, featuring a central virtuoso performance.

Alan Cumming was reunited with the National Theatre of Scotland’s John Tiffany to offer this radical new interpretation of “the Scottish play”.  Macbeth is directed by John Tiffany (Once, Black Watch – both currently touring) and Andrew Goldberg (The Bomb-itty of Errors).

This will mark the Company’s eighth run in New York and the National Theatre of Scotland’s second on Broadway, 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.

John Tiffany will direct the National Theatre of Scotland and Marla Rubin Productions’s stage version of Let The Right One In at Dundee Rep Theatre in June 2013.

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About National Theatre of Scotland

In its short life, the National Theatre of Scotland has already earned a significant national and international reputation for its daring and originality. The National Theatre of Scotland was established in 2006 and has created over 200 productions. Being a theatre without walls and building-free, the Company presents a wide variety of work that ranges from large-scale productions to projects tailored to the smallest performing spaces. In addition to conventional theatres, the Company has performed in airports, schools, tower blocks, community halls, ferries and forests. The National Theatre of Scotland creates much of its work in partnership with theatre-makers, companies, venues and participants across the globe. From extraordinary projects with schools and communities, to the ground-breaking online 5 Minute Theatre to landmark pieces such as The James Plays by Rona Munro - the National Theatre of Scotland’s aspiration is to tell the stories that need to be told and to take work to wherever audiences are to be found.

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