Scottish actor Alan Cumming is taking his ambitious solo performance of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" to Broadway.
Cumming will not only be playing the titular role, but every other part in the play himself, from the three witches to Lady Macbeth. To explain the multiple personalities being dramatized onstage, the play will be set in a psychiatric unit with Cumming playing a patient who re-enacts the tale of bloody palace intrigue.
Tony Award-winner John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg will direct the production, which opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on April 7 for a limited 73-performance run. Cumming previously staged his unusual solo show at the National Theatre of Scotland and the Lincoln Center Festival in New York last year.
"Performing 'Macbeth' last year was the most challenging and fulfilling experience of my career by far, and so I am both honored and daunted to do it again in my adopted hometown of New York City," he said. Cumming last appeared on Broadway in his Tony Award-winning performance as the Emcee in "Cabaret" in 1998, and he also previously starred in "The Threepenny Opera" and "Design for Living."
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