Spacey lines up Goldblum and Kelly

Published April 17, 2008

Jeff Goldblum and Laura Michelle Kelly join Kevin Spacey in the Old Vic’s revival of David Mamet’s Speed-The-Plow next February.

Directed by Matthew Warchus, Speed-The-Plow revolves around Hollywood producers Bobby Gould (Goldblum) and Charlie Fox (Spacey), who engage in a verbal boxing match when discussing the eternal debate of art versus money. Should Gould go for another blockbuster that will make his fortune, or put himself on the line for an adaptation of a spiritual, apocalyptic novel offered to him by his beautiful secretary Karen (Kelly)? Mamet’s tale of greed, seduction and power is filled with his trademark rapid-fire dialogue and caustic wit.

Goldblum is best known for his long film career that has included The Tall Guy, The Fly, Independence Day, Jurassic Park, Nine Months, Annie Hall, The Big Chill and The Life Aquatic. He appeared on Broadway in 2005 in The Pillowman, and before that in The Play What I Wrote and The Moony Shapiro Songbook.

Spacey, who is also Artistic Director of the Old Vic, commented: “I am pleased to welcome my friend and a great actor Jeff Goldblum to the Old Vic. I know we are both very excited about discovering this challenging Mamet work with Matthew and Laura. I have always wanted to work with Jeff and I couldn’t be happier that it will be in this great play.”

With Speed-The-Plow, Kelly turns her hand to drama after a plethora of roles in musical theatre, including My Fair Lady, Beauty And The Beast, Les Misérables, Mamma Mia! and Mary Poppins, in which she created the title role on stage, winning the 2005 Best Actress in a Musical Laurence Olivier Award. She is currently starring as Galadriel in The Lord Of The Rings, also directed by Warchus.

The original 1988 production of Mamet’s play transferred from Broadway to the National Theatre the same year. It was last produced in London in 2000, when Peter Gill directed Mark Strong and Patrick Marber at the Ambassadors (then the New Ambassadors).

This new production of Speed-The-Plow plays at the Old Vic from 1 February-26 April (press night 12 February). em>CB