Bang the Drums: Kevin Spacey Is Richard III, Opening at BAM Jan. 18

By Adam Hetrick
18 Jan 2012

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

Tony and Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey stars in the titular role of the Sam Mendes production of Richard III, the final production of the transatlantic Bridge Project, which officially opens Jan. 18 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Shakespeare's tragedy about the "bunch-backed" King of England launched its international tour at London's Young Vic in June 2011 and ends its global journey in New York after stops in Qatar, the Singapore Repertory Theatre, Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival and Centro Niemeyer, Spain.

Directed by Academy Award winner Mendes, Richard III began New York previews Jan. 10 for a run through March 4.

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 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 ("American Beauty," A Moon for the Misbegotten) 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.