Alan Cumming:The Head that Wears a Crown

Featuring Speeches for Royal Men by William Shakespeare

Internationally acclaimed actor and Tony Award Winner, Alan Cumming performs Shakespeare’s most important and beloved Royal speeches including, “To be or not to be,” “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow,” “Now is the winter of our discontent,” “O that this too too sullied flesh would melt,” and many more. These speeches from As You Like It, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Henry V, Henry VIII, King Lear, MacBeth, Richard II, The Tempest, Titus Andronicus and Twelfth Night,were personally chosen by Cumming. Michael Boyd, recent Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company explaimed, “Alan Cumming brings to Shakespeare the lyricism of a genuine singer, the sharp edge of a wicked comic, and the embodied intelligence of a major actor.” 

To be or not to be

At Saint John's 

Alan in Titus

Outside Saint John's

Electronic Press Kit

Alan is one of the most extraordinary artists of his generation. His range as

an actor is altogether remarkable, and his Shakespeare is

illuminated by his incredible musicality.

John Kander

“Alan Cumming brings to Shakespeare the lyricism of a genuine singer, the sharp

edge of a wicked comic, and the embodied intelligence of a major actor.”

Michael Boyd, former head of the RSC

Adam Spreadbury-Maher, Artistic Director King's Head Pub

Now is the winter of our discontent

Alan Cumming’s ability to place his voice dynamically; his timbre, 

rhythm, pitch, accents, everything, render Alan Cumming one of the 

greatest chameleons of Shakespeare’s words and worlds. His voice and this

album take you on a journey of story, and that's the whole point of Shakespeare.