Richard III, Starring Kevin Spacey, Plays San Francisco Oct. 19-29

News   Richard III, Starring Kevin Spacey, Plays San Francisco Oct. 19-29 Kevin Spacey's turn as the "bunch-back'd toad," Richard III, directed by Sam Mendes and booked for international engagements in the coming months, plays the Curran Theatre in San Francisco Oct. 19-29.

Kevin Spacey in Richard III.
Kevin Spacey in Richard III. Photo by Alastair Muir

The new Bridge Project production of the Shakespeare play is co-commissioned by and produced in association with Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Centro Niemeyer Spain, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Istanbul Theatre Festival (IKSV) & Istanbul Municipal Theatres, Kay & McLean Productions, Singapore Repertory Theatre and SHN – Carole Shorenstein Hays and Robert Nederlander.

The San Francisco run is among 11 locations around the world that have been chosen to host the production; the schedule includes London, Epidaurus, Hong Kong, Aviles, Spain, Istanbul, Beijing, Singapore, Sydney and New York (Brooklyn Academy of Music). The Bridge Project's Richard III recently played to sold-out crowds at London's Old Vic Theatre.

The Curran Theatre is the only U.S. venue, other than BAM in New York, to host the revival.

The Bridge Project "is a unique three-year series of co-productions by BAM, The Old Vic, and Neal Street, devoted to producing large-scale, classical theatre for international audiences."

Spacey is artistic director of The Old Vic in London. Richard III opened at The Old Vic on June 29. The Bridge Project is directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes with whom Spacey worked on the film "American Beauty," for which they both won BAFTA and Academy Awards.

The company features another blended British/American cast:  Maureen Anderman as the Duchess of York; Haydn Gwynne as Queen Elizabeth; Chuk Iwuji as Duke of Buckingham; Gemma Jones as Queen Margaret; and Chandler Williams as George, Duke of Clarence.

San Francico tickets for Richard III range in price from $35-$150. Visit www.shnsf.com.

Kevin Spacey and Annabel Scholey
Kevin Spacey and Annabel Scholey Alastair Muir
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