Lincoln Center Festival Includes Cate Blanchett's Uncle Vanya, Alan Cumming in Macbeth and More

By Adam Hetrick
March 22, 2012

The Sydney Theatre Company's acclaimed production of Uncle Vanya, starring Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett; Ireland's Druid Theatre Company; and Tony winner Alan Cumming in a one-man Macbeth have been announced for the 2012 Lincoln Center Festival.

Cumming's one-man Macbeth is the first of the theatre productions to get underway, running July 5-14 at the Rose Theater. John Tiffany (Black Watch, The Bacchae) stages the production that is "set in a psychiatric unit and centers on a patient who is reliving the story of Macbeth. CCTV cameras watch the patient’s every move and the clinical walls of the unit come to life in a visually stunning multi-media theatrical experience."

The Druid Theatre company will offer a trilogy of plays from Irish playwright Tom Murphy, including Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark and Famine. Billed as DruidMurphy, the works will run July 5-12 under the direction of Tony winner Garry Hynes at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater.

The cast includes Niall Buggy, Edward Clayton, Beth Cooke, Gavin Drea, David Herlihy, Garrett Lombard, Treasa ní Mholláin, Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen, Michael Glenn Murphy, Rory Nolan, John Olohan, Frank O’Sullivan, Marty Rea, Eileen Walsh and Joey Ward.

STC's production of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya will run July 19-28 at City Center. Co-artistic director Andrew Upton adapted the work, which is directed by Tamás Ascher. In addition to Blanchett, the cast includes John Bell, Sandy Gore, Hayley McElhinney, Anthony Phelan, Richard Roxburgh, Andrew Tighe, Jacki Weaver and Hugo Weaving.

Acclaimed dancer-actor Mikhail Baryshnikov will offer In Paris, a new play inspired by a short story by Ivan Bunin, which will run Aug. 1-5 at the Gerald Lynch Theater. Dmitry Krymov will direct.

Here's how the work is billed: "Baryshnikov plays Nikolai Platonitch, a former general of the White Russian army who meets a beautiful younger Russian émigré, played by Anna Sinyakina, a waitress in a Paris restaurant. They fall in love, but time is their enemy. Rounding out the ensemble are actors from Russia and Finland who are members of the Dmitry Krymov Laboratory, which was founded in 2005 in Moscow. Krymov's production is designed in black and white and combines music, poetry, pantomime, video projections and giant photographs to create a dynamic setting for this haunting piece of poetic theater, which so evocatively portrays the sense of exile in Bunin's story."

Also planned is Hand Stories, from Chinese puppeteer Yeung Faï, running July 18-25 at the Clark Studio Theater. According to the festival, the work is an "interwoven set of vignettes using traditional hand puppets, live and archival video. The production includes a live and recorded soundscape to tell Yeung’s own life story after his father, a grand master of Chinese Puppetry, died in prison during the Cultural Revolution."

Click here for a full list of Lincoln Center Festival's programming, running July 5-Aug. 5.

Single tickets go on sale on April 2. For tickets and information phone (212) 721-6500, or visit LincolnCenterFestival.