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Kevin Spacey brings back Darrow

Published 21 January 2015

Kevin Spacey will reprise his critically acclaimed performance in Clarence Darrow when he returns to the Old Vic Theatre’s stage for the final time as Artistic Director of the London venue in March.

The Academy Award-winning actor will return to the role of the pioneering lawyer from 3 March to 11 April following the play’s sell-out run last summer.

Directed by Thea Sharrock, David W Rintels’ compelling one-man show follows the larger than life Darrow as he relives some of his pivotal experiences and trials that established his reputation as a courtroom giant and civil rights hero.

Described as “A prowling, mesmerising tour-de-force” by The Telegraph’s Charles Spencer, Spacey’s 2014 performance received an outpouring of four and five star reviews during the production’s original limited run.

Prior to his appearance last year, Spacey had appeared in productions including Richard III, Speed-The-Plow, The Philadelphia Story and A Moon For The Misbegotten at the Waterloo venue. With a string of awards to his name, including the 1999 Best Actor Olivier Award for his performance in The Iceman Cometh, Spacey’s screen credits include political drama series House Of Cards and films including The Usual Suspects and American Beauty, both of which earned him Academy Awards.

Talking about his forthcoming return, Spacey said: “As my time at the helm of the Old Vic is drawing to a close, it felt the right choice to bring back Clarence Darrow. I had such a short run with the production last year and so many didn’t get the chance to see it that it felt like a great opportunity to do a longer run.

“Clarence Darrow is a role I’ve gotten to play three different times – in a 1992 film about his life, as the lawyer Drummond in Inherit The Wind and finally in the marvellous David Rintel’s one-man play, Clarence Darrow, last year. Perhaps it is true what they say, if you do something long enough you just might get good at it. I look forward to sharing Darrow’s remarkable, inspiring life one more time in London, as we build toward the excitement of Matthew Warchus taking on the role of Artistic Director at our beloved Old Vic.”

Warchus will take over at the helm of the venue in the autumn. Before then, audiences can look forward to the last few performances of Daniel Kitson’s Tree and the second directorial project of Maria Friedman, which sees the Olivier Award-winning performer and director take on Cole Porter’s classic musical High Society from 30 April to 22 August.


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