It’s a high-profile night even amidst an unusually hectic week for reviewers (other openings this week include Billy Elliott — The Musical and Blood Wedding at the Almeida), as the show closes Spacey’s first season running the venue.
Spacey started the company’s inaugural season by directing Cloaca and returned to star in Dennis McIntyre’s National Anthems, directed by the young Brit David Grindley. For Philadelphia Story, he has brought in the multi award-winning (including four Tonys) Broadway director Jerry Zaks.
Spacey himself will leave the show between June 19 and Aug. 8 to film the new “Superman” movie. It is not yet known who will replace him during that period. He returns Aug. 8 and will remain until the end of its scheduled run on Sept. 3. However, he has also said that there is a window in his diary for a possible West End or Broadway transfer, and the involvement of the West End impresario Duncan C. Weldon, on board as co-producer, would certainly help to facilitate that.
Jennifer Ehle co-stars as Tracy Lord. The rest of the cast includes D.W. Moffett, Oliver Cotton, Nicholas Le Prevost, Julia McKenzie, Lauren Ward, Richard Lintern and Damien Matthews. Designs are by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Tom Rand, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Fergus O’Hare.
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