Kevin Spacey to Star in Richard III at BAM; Sam Mendes to Direct

News   Kevin Spacey to Star in Richard III at BAM; Sam Mendes to Direct Tony and Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey, who is currently the artistic director of London's Old Vic, will play the title role in William Shakespeare's Richard III in 2012, according to the New York Times.

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Part of the final season of the Bridge Project, the theatrical collaboration among the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Old Vic and the British production company Neal Street, Richard III will play the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2012. Performances are scheduled for February-April 2012 at the BAM Harvey Theater.

Oscar winner Sam Mendes will direct Spacey in the Shakespeare classic. Mendes previously directed Spacey in the award-winning film "American Beauty."

Following the Brooklyn run, Richard III will play a short international tour before arriving at the Old Vic in May 2012 for a four-month run. A longer international tour will then follow the London engagement.

The Bridge Project kicked off in 2009. Among its previous productions are stagings of The Tempest, Winter's Tale, The Cherry Orchard and As You like It.

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