Alan Cumming to bring one-man 'Macbeth' to New York's Lincoln Center Festival

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Toil and trouble, indeed. Apologies to my old theater teacher Mrs. Lefkoe for even mentioning the Scottish play, but if something goes wrong in this particular production of Macbeth, only one actor will suffer from the witches’ curse. The Good Wife actor and occasional Broadway star Alan Cumming will play every role in the National Theater of Scotland’s upcoming stab at Shakespeare’s classic bloodbath, including the titular role and that of his murderous wife.The production will originate in June at the Tramway in Glasgow, and hit the U.S. for New York City’s Lincoln Center Festival from July 5 to July 14.

Cumming told The Guardian that he was initially attracted to the idea of simply playing Lady Macbeth.”Speaking to [director] John Tiffany 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,” he said. “I thought it would be a really exciting idea to flip that. So we did this reading like that, in New York, and Andy Goldberg had this idea I should just play all the parts.”

I can verify that Cumming was incredible as the Emcee in Cabaret — an ambiguous character who probably has no clue where he sits on the Kinsey scale — so I would categorize this one as a must-see. I would especially love to see Cummings’ portrayal of the mysterious Three Witches who supposedly gave the play its age-old curse. Which, if you ask Lefkoe, who broke her leg minutes before my star-making turn as Ursula in a local New Jersey production of The Little Mermaid, is totally real. What do you think, PopWatchers?

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