Alan Cumming is the first-ever international Artistic Director in Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s history.
The Scottish entertainer boasts an illustrious career as an actor, comedian, singer, writer, filmmaker, author, Broadway and cabaret performer. He has performed with Jay Z and Liza with a Z, hosted the Tony Awards (and been nominated for an Emmy for doing so); and lives in New York where he owns cabaret bar, Club Cumming.
Alan received a Tony Award for Best Actor in A Musical in his role as the emcee in Broadway show Cabaret, and he has also received multiple Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG nominations for his role as political spinmeister Eli Gold on seven seasons of The Good Wife.
Alan has received over forty awards for his humanitarianism and social activism, including for his contributions to the arts and LBGTQ equality.
He most recently performed at Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2017 to two sold-out shows of Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Alan said of his appointment:
“I first came to Adelaide over thirty years ago and have always loved the welcome I've received there.
“And of course cabaret, with a big and small c, has always been very close to my heart!
“So to be asked to come and curate Adelaide Cabaret Festival after this missing year, to be able to bring together the most vibrant of the world’s cabaret performers, to ask them to entertain us, provoke us, make sense of the maelstrom we’re living through, and most of all remind us why cabaret is such a vital form of connection between performer and audience - well, it doesn’t get much better!"