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Adrian Lukis to stand in for Spacey

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IT HAS just been announced that, from June 20 to August 6, 2005 - the six weeks Kevin Spacey will be away filming the new Superman Returns movie - Adrian Lukis will take on the role of CK Dexter Haven.

Lukis (pictured) was seen at the Old Vic in last year's production of Cloaca; while his other recent stage credits include Dinner, Dead Funny, The Front Page, The Relapse and Sleep With Me.

But he will, of course, always be remembered for the role of Dr David Shearer in TV's hugely popular Peak Practice.

And The Philadelphia Story will reunite him with Jennifer Ehle, with whom he appeared in BBC's Pride and Prejudice.

Spacey, meanwhile, is still expected to return for the final four weeks of the show's run.

Previously Posted: KEVIN Spacey will return to the role of CK Dexter Haven in The Philadelphia Story for the last four weeks of its run - now extended to September 3, 2005.

But as yet, there's still no word on who'll be taking over the role during his absence.

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PREVIOUSLY POSTED: AMERICAN film actor, DW Moffett, is to play journalist, Mike Connor, in the much-anticipated The Philadelphia Story when it opens at the Old Vic on May 7, 2005.

His screen credits include Falling Down, Rough Magic, Stealing Beauty, Joe's Wedding, Traffic, Thirteen and Twisted.

There's also been good news and bad news for the Old Vic production, with the original booking period extended by two weeks - until August 6, 2005, but Kevin Spacey confirmed in the role of CK Dexter Haven only until June 18.

The latter is due to the summer shooting schedule of his upcoming film Superman Returns, in which he'll play villain Lex Luther. As yet, his replacement has not been announced.


Joining the cast will be: Julia McKenzie (Sweeny Todd, Fuddy Meers) as Margaret Lord, Oliver Cotten (Brand) as Seth Lord, Nicholas Le Prevost (My Fair Lady, Much Ado About Nothing), Richard Lintern, Lauren Ward, Liz Imbrie and Damien Matthews.

And all but Spacey, will appear for the duration of the Old Vic run.

PREVIOUSLY POSTED: ACTRESS Jennifer Ehle will star alongside Kevin Spacey in the Old Vic's new production of a comedy classic, The Philadelphia Story, which opens on May 7, 2005, for a limited period only - until July 23, 2005.

Written by Philip Barry as a vehicle for Katharine Hepburn, The Philadelphia Story premiered on Broadway as long ago as 1939. A year later, Hepburn (reprising her stage role), James Stewart and Cary Grant starred in George Cukor's Oscar-winning film of the same name.

It was also the inspiration for the Cole Porter musical, High Society which, in the film version, saw Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly in the key roles.

In the Old Vic production, Ehle will play spoilt heiress, Tracey Lord whose dapper ex-husband, CK Dexter Haven (Spacey), enlists the aid of two undercover journalists, in the hope of foiling her forthcoming nuptuals.

Although Ehle is probably best-remembered for her role in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, she has also appeared on screen in Wilde, Bedrooms and Hallways and This Year's Love.

Her stage credits include the 1999 Donmar Warehouse revival of Tom Stoppard's, The Real Thing, which later transferred to the West End. Although nominated for an Olivier Award, she actually won a Tony for Best Actress when the production moved to Broadway.

She has also appeared in Tartuffe (West End), Summerfolk (The National), Richard lll (RSC) and Design and Living (on Broadway).

As a matter of interest, The Philadelphia Story was to have received its London premiere at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2001 but due to casting problems, a general election and the foot-and-mouth outbreak, it was postponed.

Spacey will also star in Shakespeare's Richard ll - part of the Old Vic's 2005 autumn season. For further details, watch this space.

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