Kevin Spacey’s successor at the Old Vic has been unveiled, with acclaimed director Matthew Warchus set to succeed the Hollywood star as Artistic Director of the historic Waterloo venue from autumn 2015.
Warchus, who will make the step up from Artistic Associate of the theatre where he previously directed Speed-The-Plow and The Norman Conquests, commented: “I am excited and honoured to be following Kevin’s galvanising tenure at this wonderful building. He has re-established the Old Vic as a globally important theatre and I look forward to continuing to develop it as a hub of invigorating creativity.”
Matilda The Musical director Warchus has built a reputation directing a vast range of shows, from record-breaking musicals to Shakespeare and modern plays, on both sides of the Atlantic. His production of Roald Dahl’s tale of a put upon young girl set a new record for the number of awards won in one Olivier Award ceremony, collecting seven in 2012. His production of God Of Carnage won him the Tony Award for Best Director in 2009 along with the award for Best Play, while the transfer of his Old Vic production of The Norman Conquests collected the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play in the same year.
His other productions include Ghost The Musical, La Bête, Deathtrap, Boeing Boeing, The Lord Of The Rings, Life X3 and Art.
Speaking about his successor, Spacey said: “I couldn’t be happier that my friend Matthew Warchus has agreed to take the reins at the Old Vic next year. I have long admired his work and had a wonderful experience when we worked together on Speed-The-Plow. Matthew is a thoughtful, intuitive and highly creative director and he has rightly been applauded for his work, in particular the quality and diversity of his portfolio. I know he loves our theatre and I am delighted for our staff, our audiences and for our acting and production communities that he will be its next guardian.”
Spacey is soon to return to the Old Vic stage, starring in one-man show Clarence Darrow, in which the House Of Cards star plays the lauded US lawyer for the third time in his career, from 28 May. He is followed in the 2014 season by Richard Armitage in The Crucible (21 June to 13 September) and Kristin Scott Thomas in Electra (22 September to 20 December).