Adelaide Festival Centre is thrilled to announce acclaimed cabaret and all-round performer, writer and social activist Alan Cumming as the Artistic Director for Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2021.

Alan Cumming will be the first-ever international Artistic Director in the festival’s history when Adelaide Cabaret Festival celebrates its 21st anniversary next year.

His appointment was announced on the final night of Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2020: Bite-Sized & Home Delivered, the online offering in place of the 2020 festival.

The Scottish entertainer boasts an illustrious career as an actor, comedian, singer, writer, filmmaker, author and Broadway and cabaret performer. He has performed with Jay Z and Liza with a Z, hosted the Tony Awards and was nominated for an Emmy for doing so; and lives in New York where he owns cabaret bar, Club Cumming.

He won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as the emcee in Broadway show Cabaret and 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 his contributions to the arts and LGBTQ equality.

He most recently performed at Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2017 in two sold-out nights of Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs. Billboard said of the show, “he’s an icon to behold – he is unapologetically himself, and with a talent like that, he has no need to apologise”.

Time Magazine called him one of the three most fun people in show business, a title Alan will be sure to uphold when he returns to Adelaide next year with a stellar line-up of local and international artists at Adelaide Festival Centre.

The announcement coincided with the final post of Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s 2020 online offering, which saw more than 85,000 engagements across the festival’s social media channels. Australian and international cabaret stars shared pithy posts in response to the classic line from Life Is A Cabaret: “What Good Is Sitting Alone in Your Room?” and these were collectively seen over 1.3 million times since the online program kicked off on June 5.

The line-up included Cabaret Icon Award recipient David Campbell and Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2020 Artistic Director Julia Zemiro.

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