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Confirmed: Kevin Spacey And Sam Mendes Firm Up ‘Richard III’ Dates

Mike Fleming

American Beauty‘s Kevin Spacey and Sam Mendes have formalized their plans to re-team in a stage production of Richard III, which will premiere at Spacey’s haunt The Old Vic June 29, 2011 and transplant to the Brooklyn Academy of Music the following January. Here’s the official release:

The final season of The Bridge Project starring Kevin Spacey, Artistic Director of The Old Vic, in the title role of Richard III, will open at The Old Vic in London on June 29, 2011. The Bridge Project will then embark on an international tour, arriving at BAM’s Harvey Theater in New York in January 2012. The Bridge Project will again be 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 Bridge Project is a unique three-year series of co-productions by The Old Vic, BAM and Neal Street, devoted to producing large-scale, classical theatre for international audiences.

The full company will again be drawn from leading American and British actors, with complete casting and international dates to be announced. Tickets will go on sale at The Old Vic from January 31, 2011 and at BAM in Fall 2011.

Commenting on the final season, Sam Mendes says:

“I am absolutely delighted to be working with Kevin again for the first time since American Beauty, and I am doubly thrilled that he will be leading year three of The Bridge Project. Richard

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Sam Mendes And Kevin Spacey Reunite

Mike Fleming

Here’s some exciting stage news. Director Sam Mendes and Kevin Spacey, who each won Oscars for American Beauty, have announced they will reunite in a production of William Shakespeare’s Richard III. Mendes will direct and Spacey will star in a production that will open at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater in early 2012. An international tour follows before the production arrives in May, 2012 at the Old Vic, where Spacey is artistic director. I can only guess the scheduling means that Mendes hopes to direct the James Bond film sometime next year, before taking on the stage project. Bond has been frozen because of the continuing troubles of MGM, which seems finally poised to plunge itself into a prepackaged bankruptcy, and then emerge with Spyglass partners Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber steering the ship.

Mendes has separately been working on a stage musical production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and planning to direct Carey Mulligan in an adaptation of the Ian McEwan novella On Chesil Beach. Mendes originally hoped to bring Charlie in for a holiday 2011 premiere in London, before moving it to Broadway.  He’ll have to multi-task.

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