One-Man Show About Robert Burns To Be Staged This Summer

Do you love the poetry of Robert Burns? This summer a new show will examine the poet and his work through a new medium: dance.

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Burn is a one-man show about Robert Burns that will premiere as a part of the 75th Edinburgh International Festival this upcoming August. Alan Cumming is set to both co-create and star in the show. Burn is being produced by the National Theatre of Scotland. The show will feature choreography by Olivier award-winner Steven Hoggett and music by Anna Meredith. Set and video design by Ana Inés Jabares Pita and Lewis den Hertog will also be included.

Alan Cumming is no stranger to the stage. Cumming has played a large number of roles before, including his starring role as The Emcee in both the 1998 and 2014 broadway revivals of the musical Cabaret. He has collected numerous awards throughout his career, including a Tony, Olivier, and Scottish BAFTA. Cumming also co-hosted the Tony Awards with Kristen Chenoweth in 2015.

Cumming will be playing poet Robert Burns. Some of Burns’ most famous works include the poems “Auld Lang Syne”, “A Red, Red Rose”, and “To a Mouse”. The Scottish poet lived a very interesting life that included fathering many children, poverty, struggling with mental health, and dying at a young age. 


Due to Burns’ variety of struggles and artistic background, a dance-based show seems like a great way to examine his life. Burn is set to premiere at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh. After its time as part of the Edinburgh international festival, the show is also set to tour cities throughout Scotland, before making its way to New York.

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