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
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
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
But as yet, there's still no word on who'll be taking over the
role during his absence.
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
His screen credits include Falling Down, Rough Magic, Stealing
Beauty, Joe's Wedding, Traffic, Thirteen
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
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
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,
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
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.