News: Actor ALAN CUMMING will perform in An Oak Tree THIS SUNDAY!

Actor Alan Cumming will perform in AN OAK TREE THIS COMING SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH AT 2:00 PM!

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Alan Cumming is beyond eclectic. He was an award-winning Hamlet, and he had his own talk show. He shot a video portrait with Robert Wilson, and recorded a duet with Liza Minnelli. He made films back to back with Stanley Kubrick and the Spice Girls. He wrote a Sunday Times best-selling novel, and has an award-winning signature fragrance. He has played Dionysus, the Devil, the Pope and was shot by Herb Ritts for Vanity Fair as Pan. He was a teleporting Superhero, a Lee Jeans model and hosted Saturday Night Live. He is an Independent Spirit award-winning producer and National Board of Review award winning director. He has sung at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the London Palladium and the Sydney Opera House. He was named Icon of Scotland in 2005. He designed wallpaper. He was the voice of Black Beauty. He has just released his debut album. He isn’t nearly done yet.

Alan Cumming (www.alancumming.com ), trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. After leaving the Academy he quickly found himself celebrated in his homeland for both his television work (including the Scottish soap Take The High Road) and his stand-up comedy (the legendary Victor and Barry, which he wrote and performed with drama school pal Forbes Masson.) But it was the theatre that gave him his biggest break when he appeared in Manfred Karge’s Conquest of the South Pole at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. The play transferred to the Royal Court in London’s West End and Alan was nominated for the Most Promising Newcomer Olivier Award.

He went on to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre where he won an Olivier award for his performance in Dario Fo’s Accidental Death Of An Anarchist. For the National Theatre Studio he directed Michel Tremblay’s Bonjour La, Bonjour and played Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. He was nominated for further Olivier Awards for La Bete and Cabaret, and his sensational Hamlet at the Donmar Warehouse in London won him a TMA Best Actor award and a Shakespeare Globe nomination. The Daily Mail described his performance as ‘an actor knocking on the door of greatness’.

He made his feature film debut opposite Bruno Ganz and Sandrine Bonnaire in Ian Sellar’s Prague, which premiered at Cannes in 1992 and for which he won the Best Actor award at the Atlantic Film festival and a Scottish BAFTA award nomination. His introduction to American audiences came with Circle of Friends, followed shortly by Goldeneye and Emma. His first movie shot in Hollywood was Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (for which he received and MTV Movie Award nomination), and since the he has alternated between blockbusters such as X2:X Men United, the Spy Kids Trilogy, and smaller independent films like Urbania, Titus (opposite Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange) and Sweet Land (for which he received an Independent Spirit award as producer). With Jennifer Jason Leigh he wrote, produced, directed and acted in The Anniversary Party, which won them a National Board of Review award and two Independent Spirit nominations. Most recently he was seen in Dare.

In 1998, Cabaret opened on Broadway and Alan was instantly embraced by New York City, and heralded for his stunning performance as the EmCee. He won The Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle, Theatre World, New York Press, FANY and New York Public Advocate’s awards for his work, but for him the biggest prize was finding his new home.

He has continued to work on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera opposite Cyndi Lauper, Design For Living and off -Broadway in Jean Genet’s Elle (which he also adapted) and The Seagull, opposite Dianne Wiest. He returned to the British stage in 2006 in Martin Sherman’s Bent, and most recently appeared in the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Euripides’ The Bacchae, which opened the Edinburgh International Festival and toured Scotland, transferred to London and then to the Lincoln Center Festival in NYC. Alan won the Herald Arcangel award for his performance as Dionysus.

On television he appeared in Sex and the City, Annie, Frasier, Third Rock From The Sun, The L Word, Reefer Madness and most recently in Sci-Fi Channel’s record-breaking Tin Man. He is also the host of PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery. In Britain he wrote and starred in the cult sitcom The High Life as well as many other films for the BBC including Bernard and the Genie for which he won a British Comedy award.

In 2009 Alan made his concert debut as part of the Lincoln Center American Songbook series. The resulting show I Bought A Blue Car Today, went on to play at venues across the globe including the Sydney Opera House, London’s West End (for which he has just been nominated for Best Solo Performance in the Whatsonstage.com awards) and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. An album of the same name was released to great acclaim.

Alan’s activism and passion for various civil rights and sex education causes has earned him many humanitarian awards including two Human Rights Campaign awards, GLAAD’s Vito Russo media award, the Trevor Project Hero Award, and other honors from the Anti-Violence Project, LAMBDA Legal, Pflag to name but a few. His homeland has honoured him with an honorary doctorate from the University of Abertay, Dundee, the Great Scot award and in 2005 he was named Icon of Scotland. He is an ambassador for the National Trust for Scotland, the Edinburgh Festivals, the United Nations Millennium Goals Campaign. and President of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama’s American Foundation. He was recently made an O.B.E (Officer of the British Empire) in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours’ List.

In 2010 Alan will be back on Broadway in Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark (directed by Julie Taymor, music by Bono and the Edge) and will be seen in the movie The Tempest, opposite Helen Mirren, Chris Cooper, Djimon Hounsou and Russell Brand, again directed by Julie Taymor. He will also appear in the miniseries Riverworld and will launch an obsession-based website itsasickness.com .

He lives in New York City with his husband, Grant Shaffer, and their dogs Honey and Leon.

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