The life and legacy of Robert Burns will be celebrated at this year’s 75th anniversary Edinburgh International Festival with the premiere of the National Theatre of Scotland’s Burn, starring Alan Cumming in his solo dance theatre debut in a piece which challenges the traditional ‘biscuit tin’ image of Scotland’s national bard and explores his personal struggles and successes – his blend of cabaret, storytelling and song has made him an International Festival favourite with performances including Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age last year, and Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs in 2016.
Also announced is International Festival debut of former Scots Makar Liz Lochhead with her contemporary adaptation of Euripides’ Greek tragedy Medea with Adura Onashile in the title role. Lochhead’s Medea was first staged in Glasgow in 2000 by Theatre Babel before touring nationally and playing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000 and 2001. First produced in 431 BC, the year war broke out between Athens and her allies and Sparta, Medea tells of a rejected wife who takes revenge on the husband Jason by murdering his new wife and her own two sons, after which she escapes to start a new life. Over the years it has been interpreted by playwrights in a variety of ways, offering political, psychoanalytical and feminist, readings as the core themes of the play.
Dates and ticket details for Burn and Medea will be announced later in the year.