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Alan Cumming Stars in New Version of The Bacchae

Tony Award winner Alan Cumming (Cabaret, The Threepenny Opera, film X-Men 2) will star in David Grieg's new translation of Euripides' The Bacchae. The show will play the 2007 Edinburgh International Festival, August 11-18, and the Royal Theatre Glasgow, August 28-September 1, before enjoying a run at London's Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, September 5-22.
 
Also running at this year's EIF are opera-inspired works such as Vienna Schauspielhaus' Poppea, directed by Barrie Kosky, Rinde Eckert's Orpheus X, Benjamin Bagby's production of Beowulf, and the Wooster Group's La Didone. EIF will also host the UK premiere of Mabou Mines DollHouse, directed by Lee Breuer; American Repertory Theatre's Orpheus X, a modern take on the Orpheus myth; and an international collaboration between Theatre Cryptic and Singapore's T'ang Quartet.

One of several festivals that overtake Edinburgh in August, the EIF, along with the Edinburgh Film Festival, Book Festival, Jazz & Blues Festival, Visual Arts Festival, the Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh Fringe are part of the world's largest arts festival, with over 1,500 shows presented annually.

EIF tickets for 2007 go on sale to the public on Saturday, April 14. For more information on the Edinburgh Fringe program, visit www.edfringe.com.

Photo of Alan Cumming by Retna Ltd.


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