Richard III, With Kevin Spacey, Will Stop in Qatar Before NYC

News   Richard III, With Kevin Spacey, Will Stop in Qatar Before NYC
 
The Bridge Project's final production, Richard III starring Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey, will play Qatar in December prior to its final stop at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2012.

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

Shakespeare's tragedy about the "bunch-backed" King of England launched its international tour at the Young Vic in June and will end its global journey Jan. 10-March 4, 2012, at BAM.

Directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes, Richard III will play Qatar Dec. 16 and 17 at the Qatar National Convention Centre. It is being hosted by the Doha Film Institute.

Qatar is an addition to the international dates for Richard III, which is currently playing the Singapore Repertory Theatre through Nov. 26. Previous stops included the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival and Centro Niemeyer, Spain.

The Bridge project is a collaboration between BAM, The Old Vic (where Spacey serves as artistic director) and Mendes' Neal Street Productions. Mendes and Spacey previously collaborated on the film "American Beauty." Both earned Academy Awards for their work on the iconic film. Richard III marks their first stage collaboration.

The Bridge Project launched in 2009 with the double bill of The Winter's Tale and The Cherry Orchard. The 2010 component included As You Like It and The Tempest. Spacey stars in the title role alongside Tony Award nominee Haydn Gwynne (Billy Elliot, City of Angels) as Queen Elizabeth, Tony nominee Maureen Anderman (The Lady from Dubuque, Moonchildren) as the Duchess of York, Olivier Award winner Chuk Iwuji (The Histories, The Misanthrope) as Buckingham, Gemma Jones (A Midsummer Night's Dream) as Queen Margaret and Chandler Williams (In the Next Room, Mary Stuart) as George, Duke of Clarence.

The transatlantic cast of actors also includes Stephen Lee Anderson (Sir Richard Ratcliffe), Jeremy Bobb (Catesby, 2nd Murderer, 2nd Citizen), Nathan Darrow (Lord Grey, Richmond), Jack Ellis (Lord Hastings), Isaiah Johnson (Rivers, Lord Mayor), Andrew Long (King Edward IV, Bishop of Ely), Katherine Manners (Young Prince Richard), Howard Overshown (Brackenbury, Keeper, Sir Thomas Vaughan), Simon Lee Phillips (Tyrell, 3rd Citizen, Norfolk), Gary Powell (Lord Lovel, 1st Murderer, 1st Citizen), Michael Rudko (Lord Stanley), Annabel Scholey (Lady Anne), Gavin Stenhouse (Dorset, Urswick) and Hannah Stokely (Edward).

Richard III has set design by Tom Piper, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Paul Pyant, sound design by Gareth Fry, projection design by Jon Driscoll and music by Mark Bennett.

For tickets to the New York engagement, visit BAM.

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