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Alan Cumming
Sings Sappy Songs

6 - 27 August 2016
The Hub

One of Scotland’s best-loved artists, the incomparable Alan Cumming takes up residence in The Hub for the month of August, where he dispenses seductive songs and intimate stories (almost) nightly.

Alan transforms the International Festival HQ for a hedonistic late-night cabaret mix of ballads and torch songs old and new, from the intimate to the sassy. Expect intimate secrets and raucous anecdotes – all delivered with disarming emotional honesty. 

Gorgeously filthy and brazenly flirty, he offers his own, very personal reinterpretations of the songs he loves to perform – by Kurt Weill and Noël Coward, Stephen Sondheim and Rufus Wainwright, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

Inspired by his infamous post-show dressing room parties during his Broadway run in Cabaret, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs! premiered at New York’s legendary Café Carlyle and recently sold out Carnegie Hall. Get your night out started early by joining us at The Hub an hour before the show. The bar will be open and your seats ready. Make a night of it. 

Actor, writer and activist Alan Cumming is a Tony and Olivier Award-winner and a multiple Golden Globe – and Emmy – nominated worldwide sensation, known for his work in TV (The Good Wife), film (X2, Eyes Wide Shut) and theatre (Macbeth, Cabaret). He is the author of the best-selling memoir Not My Father’s Son, and starred as a golden kilt-wearing Dionysus in the National Theatre of Scotland’s notorious and spectacular The Bacchae at the 2007 International Festival.

He is joined by his long-time collaborator and Emmy-winning musical director Lance Horne and Eleanor Norton on cello.

Once you’ve got your ticket to the sell-out Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, so why not extend the fun, and join us at Club Cumming, Alan’s legendary after-party.

Club Cumming began in Alan’s Studio 54 dressing room  after performances of Cabaret on Broadway last year,  and now Club Cumming takes over The Hub, allowing you to carry on the party. Expect drinks, music (Alan will be DJing), great company, games and surprises. And drinks!

Club Cumming will take place on 9, 11, 12, 20, 21, 26 and 27 August, from midnight until late

Tickets will be available on the door for £10 (cash and card) or you can book online here.


If you are fortunate to have a ticket, keep it very safe

The Herald

This production may have begun its life in the Cafe Carlisle in New York, but it has found its spiritual home in Scotland, a country that so readily embraces the sentimental.

The Stage 



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  • Running time: 
    1 hour 25 minutes approximately

Venue

The Hub

Castlehill
Edinburgh
EH1 2NE

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Lance Horne Musical Director and pianist
Eleanor Norton Cello
Stuart Semple Drums


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Alan Cumming | New York Times

June 3rd 2015

In the arena of male cabaret singer, [Alan Cumming] may be the only one with the talent and drive to change its direction.  

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Review by: 

Stephen Holden
The New York Times

The Telegraph on Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs

August 7th 2016

★★★★ All hail, then, Alan the brave

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The Telegraph

Alan Cumming | What's on Stage

August 7th 2016

 a knowingly flirtatious delivery, a wide-eyed pleasure in his own outrageousness, and a born showoff's delight in his talent to amuse

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What's on Stage

Alan Cumming | The Independent

August 8th 2016

Sappy Songs proves a camply tasty treat - and a club that's well worth the membership.

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The Independent 

Alan Cumming | The Times

August 11th 2016

A completely enjoyable evening of music and anecdotes with the actor, a quick-witted pixie with a penchant for a pose who is a total pro on stage

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The Times

Alan Cumming | The Telegraph

August 7th 2016

An individualist defiance and steadfastness that surpasses the superficial appeal of his smoke-and-mirrors showmanship.

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The Telegraph

Alan Cumming | The Guardian

August 7th 2016

Cumming holds court like a naughty Puck intent on making mischief but who can’t help showing us a glimpse of his fragile, oft-broken heart.

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Review by: 

Lyn Gardner

The Guardian


This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2017 International Festival programme will be announced on Wed 15 March. Tickets will go on sale to everyone on Sat 25 March.

Tickets

All tickets: £30