Touring to Greenock, Edinburgh, Perth, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Inverness and New York

Sat 30 Jul - Sat 10 Sep 2022 | Edinburgh International Festival, Scottish Tour & New York


"Here am I.

You have doubtless heard my story, heard it with all its exaggerations. But I shall just beg a leisure moment of you until I tell my own story my own way."

A co-production between the National Theatre of Scotland, New York City’s The Joyce Theater and Edinburgh International Festival, Burn is a new creation from the legendary Scottish actor and author Alan Cumming and the Olivier award-winning and internationally renowned choreographer Steven Hoggett (Black Watch, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), featuring Robert Burns’ own words and the music of Anna Meredith.

This brand-new piece of dance-theatre challenges the ‘biscuit tin’ image of Scotland’s National Bard and goes beyond the poetry to focus on the man himself - his poverty, his personal tragedy, his struggles with mental health and his spectacular success.

“And still my motto is: I dare!”

Created by Alan Cumming and Steven Hoggett.

Presented by National Theatre of Scotland, The Joyce Theater and Edinburgh International Festival.

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    Captions by Glenda Carson
    Audio Description by Emma-Jane McHenry

    Accessible performances

    King’s Theatre, 9 August, 8pm – CAP
    King’s Theatre, 10 August, 8pm – AD
    Perth Theatre, 20 August, 2.30pm – AD
    Perth Theatre, 20 August, 7.30pm – CAP
    His Majesty's Theatre, 27 August, 2.30pm - AD, CAP
    Theatre Royal, 1 September, 7.30pm - CAP
    Theatre Royal, 3 September, 2.30pm - AD
    Eden Court, 10 September, 2.30pm - AD, CAP

    If you have any other specific needs please contact: boxoffice@nationaltheatrescotland.com

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