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Alan Cumming Is a Guy Named Fred in ‘Macbeth’

Thesp shares major plot points of one-man take on Shakespeare tale

Spoiler alert: Here’s what’s going on with the tortured, institutionalized man depicted by Alan Cumming in the new Broadway production of “Macbeth.”

Cumming — dressed in kilt, sleeveless black shirt and blue tie — was surprisingly open about the backstory at the April 21 opening-night party at Hudson Terrace.

“He killed his wife and his kids,” the thesp said of his character, who re-enacts the Shakespeare tale by taking on every single role in the tragedy. “I think maybe he was a teacher or something, and he knows the play really well.” (The guy’s name is Fred, by the way.)

It’s a demanding role. “I’ve been exercising a lot, really trying to take care of myself,” Cumming said. “I’m not such a crazy partier as I usually am. Which is a bit annoying!” he added with a laugh.

The show has been selling surprisingly well, right out of the gate, with only six perfs per week. That probably has something to do with the raves the production earned in its brief run as part of the Lincoln Center Festival last year.

“If you ever get the chance to do 10 performances at Lincoln Center nine months before you come to Broadway, do it,” said producer Ken Davenport, caught in line for a drink at the bar. “It starts the word of mouth with a very specific audience. And most of them missed it!”

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