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Old Vic - new season includes Kevin Spacey in Clarence Darrow

Kevin Spacey in 21

Season preview

THE OLD Vic has announced its programme for Summer/Autumn 2014 and it includes Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (June 24 to September 13) directed by Yaёl Farber and Electra (September 20 to December 20) starring Kristin Scott Thomas. And, in celebration of his ten years at The Old Vic, Kevin Spacey stars in the one man play Clarence Darrow (May 28 to June 15) directed by Thea Sharrock.

The CQS Space, The Old Vic in the round, will be home to the whole season of productions, continuing after Other Desert Cities which opens this month. The plays will be performed in the round, a transformation of The Old Vic’s auditorium first seen for the award-winning 2008 production of The Norman Conquests.

Kevin Spacey, Artistic Director of The Old Vic commented:

“I am thrilled to be returning to The Old Vic stage, for the first time performing in the round, such an exciting transformation of our Old Vic space for actors and audiences alike. As I celebrate ten years at the helm of this very special theatre it feels great to be returning to the character of Clarence Darrow, whom I played both onstage in Inherit the Wind and 22 years ago in the PBS film Darrow, directed by one of my House of Cards collaborators, John Coles.

“I am particularly pleased to be working with Thea Sharrock, one of the most exciting directors of her generation. With Other Desert Cities about to open and this new raft of productions announced to follow this is a diverse programme of classic and new work which we are very proud to present to theatre goers, as we close our tenth season of work and open our eleventh season this September.

“To present Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is an honour and I am delighted to be joining forces with Ian Rickson and Kristin Scott Thomas and our long-time co-producer Sonia Friedman to come together with Electra. I know our audience will be excited by this programme and I can’t wait to be back on stage myself.”

Clarence Darrow by David W Rintels – May 28 to June 15.

In this compelling one man tour-de-force, larger than life Darrow relives some of his pivotal experiences with his legendary wit – the infamous Scopes ‘Monkey’ and ‘Thrill Killers’ trials for example, which established his reputation as a courtroom giant and civil rights hero.

Kevin Spacey has previously appeared in the Old Vic productions Richard III, Speed-the-Plow with Jeff Goldblum, National Anthems, The Philadelphia Story, A Moon for the Misbegotten, which subsequently transferred to Broadway, and in Trevor Nunn’s productions of Inherit the Wind and Richard II.

Previous theatre includes The Iceman Cometh (Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best Actor, Tony Award nomination), Lost in Yonkers (Tony Award, Best Supporting Actor) and Long Days Journey Into Night with Jack Lemmon.

Thea Sharrock made her directorial debut with a production of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls. Her other credits include Cause Celebre (Old Vic), Equus, The Misanthrope and Heroes (West End), After the Dance (National Theatre), Henry V (Sam Mendes/Neal Street and the BBC), Call the Midwife (Christmas Special), The Sunshine Boys (Savoy Theatre) and The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre).

Utilising his background in law, David W Rintels has written extensively for many legal series on television, including The Defenders, Slattery’s People, The Senator and The Young Lawyers.