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Kevin Spacey takes on Richard II



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE OLD VIC has confirmed that Kevin Spacey will take on the title role in a new Trevor Nunn production of Richard II when it opens on September 13, 2005, for a limited period only - until November 26, 2005.

It will be Spacey's third successive starring role at the Old Vic - the first in National Anthems and currently, in The Philadelphia Story.

But for both Spacey and Nunn, Richard II will be a first - for Spacey, it will mark his UK Shakespearean debut; while for Nunn, a former artistic director of both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, it will be the first time he has directed this particular work.

He is, though, no stranger to the Old Vic, with last year's acclaimed production of Hamlet to his credit.

Richard II also makes good Spacey's promise to return to the classics in his second season as artistic director of the theatre.

Then, and in complete contrast, the pantomime Aladdin returns to the Old Vic for the second consecutive year and will run from December 6, 2005, to January 22, 2006.

So far, only Sir Ian McKellen, reprising his role of Widow Twankey, has been confirmed.

However, it's been revealed that a new song has been specially written for the 05/06 production by Old Vic trustee, Sir Elton John.

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