Haydn Gwynne, Maureen Anderman, Chuk Iwuji Will Join Kevin Spacey for Bridge Project's Richard III

News   Haydn Gwynne, Maureen Anderman, Chuk Iwuji Will Join Kevin Spacey for Bridge Project's Richard III
Complete casting has been announced for Richard III, the final production of Sam Mendes' Bridge Project. Tony nominees Haydn Gwynne and Maureen Anderman, Olivier Award winner Chuk Iwuji, Gemma Jones and Chandler Williams will join Tony and Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey for the yearlong tour that will culminate in New York City next winter.

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Richard III will first launch in London June 18-Sept. 11, followed by an international tour and a Jan. 10-March 4, 2012, engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The first two seasons of The Bridge Project originated at BAM.

As previously reported, Spacey will star in the title role. Joining him are Gwynne (Billy Elliot, City of Angels) as Queen Elizabeth, Anderman (The Lady from Dubuque, Moonchildren) as the Duchess of York, Iwuji (The Histories, The Misanthrope) as Buckingham, Jones (A Midsummer Night's Dream) as Queen Margaret and Williams (In the Next Room, Mary Stuart) as George, Duke of Clarence.

The transatlantic cast of actors will also include 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 will have 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.

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.

Following the London debut, Richard III will tour to the Athens and Epidaurus Festival (July 29-31); Hong Kong Arts Festival (Sept. 16-18); Centro Niemeyer, Spain (Sept. 28-Oct. 1); and Singapore Repertory Theatre (Nov. 17-26).

On-sale ticket dates will be announced shortly.

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