Alan Cumming Releases Shakespeare Album, "The Head That Wears a Crown"

By Adam Hetrick
April 3, 2013

"The Head That Wears a Crown," a new album of Shakespeare's speeches from Tony Award-winning Macbeth star Alan Cumming, is now available from GPR Records.

Released digitally April 1 and in stores April 23, the 22-track album includes speeches from As You Like It, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Henry V, Henry VIII, King Lear, Macbeth, Richard II, The Tempest, Titus Andronicus and Twelfth Night, all selected by Cumming (Cabaret, Design for Living, "The Tempest").

Cumming's solo production of Macbeth will arrive on Broadway April 7 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Directed by Tony Award winner John Tiffany (Once) and Andrew Goldberg (The Bomb-itty of Errors), it will officially open April 21.

The track listing follows:

"O for a Muse of fire" (Chorus from Henry V)
"Now is the winter of our discontent" (Richard III)
"You common cry of curs!" (Coriolanus)
"I have been studying how I may compare This prison" (Richard II)
"Look here, upon this picture" (Hamlet)
"Mad world! mad kings! mad composition!" (Bastard from King John)
"If it were done when 'tis done" (Macbeth)
"Go call the Earls of Surrey and of Warwick;" (Henry IV from Henry IV Part 2)
"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;" (Henry V)
"To be, or not to be: that is the question;" (Hamlet)
"What must the king do now?" (Richard II)
"Methinks I am a prophet new inspired" (John of Gaunt from Richard II)
"Why, lords, what wrongs are these!" (Saturninus from Titus Andronicus)
"O that this too too sullied flesh would melt," (Hamlet)
"Now, my co-mates and brothers in exile," (Duke Senior from As You Like It)
"Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow," (Macbeth)
"What's he that wishes so?" (Henry V)
"Hear, Nature, hear!" (King Lear)
"How all occasions do inform against me," (Hamlet)
"Let me speak, sir," (Cranmer from Henry VIII)
"If music be the food of love, play on;" (Duke Orsino from Twelfth Night)
"Now my charms are all o’erthrown," (Prospero from The Tempest)

Cumming speaks about the project in the video below: