The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0357 Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Subject: Kevin Spacey in "Richard III"
The following appeared in last Thursday's Washington Post from the AP:
Sam Mendes to direct Kevin Spacey in "Richard III"
The Associated Press
Thursday, August 26, 2010; 10:49 AM
LONDON -- Kevin Spacey and Sam Mendes are reuniting for a trans-Atlantic
production of "Richard III," producers announced Thursday.
Spacey will play the villainous English king in a production of Shakespeare's
play directed by Mendes, which is set for an international tour in 2012.
The play will form the third and final season of the Bridge Project, which
brings together British and American actors on classic plays directed by Mendes.
"Richard III" will open at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music in February
2012, then tour internationally before opening that May at London's Old Vic
Theatre, where Spacey is artistic director.
[ . . . ]
Richard III, who battled for the throne during England's 15th century Wars of
the Roses, is one of Shakespeare's great villains and has been played by actors
including Laurence Olivier and Ian McKellen.
Mendes said it was "a role I think Kevin is born to play."
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