Alan Cumming Macbeth Expands Ticket Rush Policy for Final Performances
By Adam Hetrick
The Broadway engagement of Tony Award winner Alan Cumming's one-man Macbeth has expanded its rush ticket policy to theatregoers of all ages for the final weekend of performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
All patrons will have access to the limited number of $30 rush tickets for the July 12 and July 13 8 PM performances of Macbeth. Rush tickets are available beginning at 10 AM on the day of the performance at the Barrymore box office.
"Throughout our incredible Broadway run, we've seen countless young theatregoers take advantage of our longstanding '$30 Under 30' rush ticket policy," producer Ken Davenport said in a statement. "Alan has now said that this is indeed the very last time that he'll ever do this production. He won't be taking it to another city. It won't tour. It won't play overseas. This is it. So for two performances only, this Friday and Saturday, we've elected to expand our rush policy to all patrons regardless of age, so that they can experience this incredible piece of Broadway theatre before it's gone forever."
Set in a psychiatric unit, Cumming plays a patient who is reliving the story of Macbeth – bringing to life over 15 characters in Shakespeare's bloody work, which is performed without an intermission. It officially opened April 21 and was extended through July 14.
The new staging of Macbeth premiered at the National Theatre of Scotland in June 2012 and played a New York run at the Rose Theatre in July 2012.
Tony Award winner John Tiffany (Once, The Glass Menagerie, Black Watch, The Bacchae) directs the production with Andrew Goldberg (The Bomb-itty of Errors). Ken Davenport (Godspell, Somewhere in Time, Altar Boyz) produces the Broadway run.
The cast also features Jenny Sterlin (Heartbreak House, Major Barbara) and Brendan Titley (As You like It, Measure for Measure), who portray the Doctor and Orderly, respectively. Chris Kipiniak (Metamorphoses) understudies both roles.
Tiffany previously directed Cumming (Cabaret, Threepenny Opera, The Seagull) in The Bacchae, which was seen at the Lincoln Center Festival in 2008. Cumming made his stage debut as Malcolm in the Michael Boyd production of Macbeth in Glasgow.
The production has scenic and costume design by Merle Hensel, lighting design by Natasha Chivers, sound design by Fergus O'Hare, video projection design by Ian William Galloway, voice by Ros Steen, movement by Christine Devaney and music by Max Richter.
According to producers, "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. 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."
Cumming's screen credits include his Emmy-nominated performance on "The Good Wife," as well as "Goldeneye," "Spy Kids," "X2: X-Men United," "Titus," "Eyes Wide Shut," "The Tempest," "Sweet Land," "Sex and the City," "Frasier" and "Tinman."
The Barrymore Theatre is located at 243 West 47th Street.
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