Fans of Netflix series ‘House of Cards’ may be unaware of the fact that star Kevin Spacey also has a day job – as the artistic director of the Old Vic Theatre. And we’d excuse their ignorance, because after a first few years in which he was barely off the stage, it’s been a fair while since he was actually in evidence around his own building with 2011’s Richard III. But the good news is: he’s back! The bad news is: but only for a couple of weeks!
Having played the role of great American civil rights lawyer Clarence Darrow to acclaim in both the Vic’s 2009 production of ‘Inherit the Wind’ and the PBS film ‘Darrow’, he’ll be reprising the character for Thea Sharrock’s production of David W Rintels’s ‘Clarence Darrow’, a 90-minute ‘tour de force’ based around the wit and wisdom of the great lawyer.
The show only runs May 28 to June 15, but that includes a fair number of Sunday performances and matinees, and we should probably just be grateful for all the Spacey we can get these days (he’s due to step down next year – fingers crossed for at least one more production from him before then).
Still, if the last three years have taught us anything it’s that the Old Vic is not a one-man show, and two more juicy productions have been included in the new season announcement. The first is Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’, directed by the ferocious South African director Jael Farber, whose searing ‘Mies Julie’ stormed the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe. And next up is Sophocles’s ‘Electra’, directed by the wonderful Ian Rickson, with his regular muse Kristin Scott Thomas in the title role. Adding to the occasion, all three productions will be staged in an intimate, in-the-round set up.
Public booking opens April 7. For more information about the production visit Time Out’s Clarence Darrow hub.