Jenny Sterlin and Brendan Titley Join Alan Cumming in MACBETH; Performances to Begin 4/7
Producer Ken Davenport has announced that veteran stage actors Jenny Sterlin and Brendan Titley complete the cast of Broadway's powerful new production of Shakespeare's Macbeth, starring Tony and Olivier Award winner and two-time Emmy Award nominee Alan Cumming (Cabaret, "The Good Wife").
Direct from sold-out engagements at The National Theatre of Scotland and the Lincoln Center Festival, this acclaimed one-man interpretation of Macbeth will play a strictly limited 73-performance Broadway engagement.
Preview performances begin on Sunday, April 7 (7 p.m.) with an official Opening Night on Sunday, April 21 (6 p.m.). The Broadway run will conclude on Sunday, June 30. Tickets are also now available by visiting Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.
Jenny Sterlin has worked on and Off-Broadway, in film and television in the USA and the UK. Her Broadway credits include Heartbreak House, Major Barbara and Design for Living, and Off-Broadway she has appeared in The Women of Lockerbie, Further Than the Furthest Thing and East Is East. She was last seen in New York in House Strictly Private by Jimmy Kerr for the 1stIrish2012 Festival.
Sterlin is the Artistic Director of DoubleDecker Productions and a founding member of Appletree Theatre in England. She has recorded over 90 audio books garnering rave reviews and Audio Earphone Awards.
Brendan Titley has appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of As You Like It, All's Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure. His other New York credits include The Steadfast (Slant Theatre Project); Henry IV, Pt. 1 (Access Theater) and Miss Julie (Jimmy's No. 43).
His regional stage credits include Henry V with Two River Theater Company, You Can't Take It With You and Macbeth for the Chautauqua Theater Company, and Troilus and Cressida with the Henley Street Theater. On television, he has been seen in the CBS dramas "Person of Interest" and "The Good Wife."
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.
Ms. Sterlin and Mr. Titley appear as the hospital's Doctor and Orderly. Chris Kipiniak (Metamorphoses on Broadway) understudies both roles.
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.
MACBETH is produced on Broadway by Ken Davenport, in association with Hunter Arnold and Carl Daikeler, Cody Lassen, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Julia Broder, Luigi & Rose Caiola, Michael DeSantis, Neil Gooding Productions, John C. Hall, Marguerite Hoffman, Ken Mahoney, Elliott Masie, Dean Roth, Bellanca Smigel Rutter and Kat White.
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). Through Saturday, April 20, the weekly preview performance schedule is as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and 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. and 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. For groups of 10+, please visit www.MacbethOnBroadway.com/groups or call 877-943-BWAY (2929).
Alan Cumming made his professional acting debut as Malcolm in Michael Boyd's production of Macbeth at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow in 1985. He went on to work extensively in the Scottish theatre before his West End debut in Conquest of the South Pole earned him his first Olivier award nomination. He appeared with the RSC, played Romeo for the RNT Studio and earned further Olivier nominations for La Bete and Cabaret. His career-defining Hamlet for the English Touring Theatre earned him huge critical acclaim, a TMA Best Actor award and Shakespeare Globe nomination. He won an Olivier for Accidental Death of an Anarchist at the Royal National Theatre. In 1998 he made his sensational Broadway debut when Cabaret transferred to NYC, winning him the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Theatre World, NY Press, FANY and Public Advocate awards. He went on to appear on Broadway in Design for Living and as Mack the Knife in The Threepenny Opera. Off-Broadway he appeared as the Pope in Jean Genet's Elle (which he also adapted) and as Trigorin in The Seagull opposite Dianne Wiest. In 2006, he returned to the West End in Martin Sherman's Bent, and in 2007 appeared in The National Theatre of Scotland's The Bacchae, directed by John Tiffany (Herald ArcAngel Award). On TV he currently appears as Eli Gold in "The Good Wife" for which he has been nominated for Emmy, SAG, Satellite and Critics Circle awards. He also appears opposite Lisa Kudrow in Showtime's "Web Therapy" and is the host of "Masterpiece Mystery" on PBS. His eclectic film career has seen him work consecutively with Stanley Kubrick and the Spice Girls, and make appearances in the X Men, Spy Kids, Flintstones and Smurfs franchises as well as roles in many independent films such as Sweet Land (Independent Spirit Award), Julie Taymor's Titus and The Tempest and most recently Travis Fine's Any Day Now for which he received several Best Actor awards on the film festival circuit. With Jennifer Jason Leigh he wrote, produced, directed and starred in The Anniversary Party (National Board of Review award, two Independent Spirit nominations). He has also published a novel, Tommy's Tale, released an album of songs, I Bought a Blue Car Today, and last year had his first exhibition of photographs, Alan Cumming Snaps! He regularly performs in concert, most recently with Liza Minnelli at New York's Town Hall and over the past few years has sung in seasons at the Sydney Opera House, the Geffen Playhouse, and LA and London's Vaudeville Theatre. For his humanitarian work, particularly in the field of LGBT rights and equality, he has been honored by many organizations including HRC, GLAAD, The Trevor Project and The Matthew Shepard Foundation to name but a few. From his homeland he was honored with both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards, and was made an OBE in the 2009 Queen's Honors List. Time magazine named him one of the three 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 (Director). Off-Broadway: The Bomb-itty of Errors (45 Bleecker, also London, Chicago, Edinburgh, and Dublin), Paradise Island and Betwixt (New Group), Twelfth Night (La MaMa). London: Daddy Cool, The Boney M Musical (Shaftesbury), The Fair Maid of the West (Pleasance). Regional: Hair (ReVision Theater), Romeo & Juliet (American Stage), Gabba Gabba Hey: The Ramones Musical (Perth, Australia). He is the founder of The Shakespeare Gym and was the Associate Artistic Director of The New Group for over five years. He is a graduate of Stanford University and is completing his M.F.A. in the Performance and Interactive Media Arts program at Brooklyn College. Macbeth marks his Broadway directing debut.
Ken Davenport (Producer). Broadway Producing credits include Kinky Boots, Godspell, Chinglish, Oleanna, 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 produced the award winning These Magnificent Miles: On the Long Road With Red Wanting Blue, a documentary on one of the top unsigned rock bands in the country. Ken was featured on a national commercial for Apple's iPhone and named one of Crain's "Forty Under 40." He 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 the smartphone app AT THE BOOTH (Entertainment Weekly's "Must List"), the Broadway board game "Be a Broadway Star" and several websites including YourBroadwayGenius.com. Upcoming projects include the world premiere of Somewhere in Time at Portland Center Stage. For more, visit DavenportTheatrical.
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