The Old Vic theatre has announced its new Summer and Autumn 2014 season

Kevin Spacey as Clarence Darrow in a new Old Vic production

Kevin Spacey as Clarence Darrow in a new Old Vic production

Highlights of the Old Vic theatre’s new summer and autumn 2014 season have been announced. The theatre, which has been turned into an ‘in the round space’ for the season, include:

 

Kristin Scott Thomas in Electra

Kristin Scott Thomas in Electra

In June 2014, Kevin Spacey will star in a one-man play about Clarence Darrow, the pioneering 19th century American lawyer, directed by Thea Sharrock. Spacey returns to the stage of the Old Vic, where he is Artistic Director, to celebrate his 10th anniversary at the theatre.

In July 2014, Yaël Farber (Mies Julie and Nirbhaya) directs Arthur Miller’s modern classic The Crucible.

And from October 2014, Sophocles’ Electra will be staged in a version by Frank McGuinness. The play will see director Ian Rickson reunited with with Kristin Scott Thomas.

These productions join current play Other Desert Cities, which is the first show to kick off the Old Vic in the round season. Other Desert Cities is directed by Lindsay Posner and stars Sinéad Cusack, Clare Higgins and Martha Plimpton.

Kevin Spacey said in a statement that he was “thrilled to be returning to The Old Vic stage, for the first time performing in the round, such an exciting transformation of our Old Vic space for actors and audiences alike. As I celebrate ten years at the helm of this very special theatre it feels great to be returning to the character of Clarence Darrow, whom I played both onstage in Inherit the Wind and 22 years ago in the PBS film Darrow, directed by one of my House of Cards collaborators, John Coles. I am particularly pleased to be working with Thea Sharrock, one of the most exciting directors of her generation. With Other Desert Cities about to open and this new raft of productions announced to follow this is a diverse programme of classic and new work which we are very proud to present to theatre goers, as we close our tenth season of work and open our eleventh season this September. To present Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is an honour and I am delighted to be joining forces with Ian Rickson and Kristin Scott Thomas and our longtime co-producer Sonia Friedman to come together with Electra. I know our audience will be excited by this programme and I can’t wait to be back on stage myself.”

SHOW DETAILS

Clarence Darrow by David W Rintels
Starring Kevin Spacey, directed by Thea Sharrock
Previews from 28 May 2014

The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Directed by Yaël Farber
Previews from 24 June 2014

Electra by Sophocles
In a version by Frank McGuinness
Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, directed by Ian Rickson
Previews from 20 September 2014

LINKS

Book tickets to The Crucible at the Old Vic Theatre

Book tickets to Electra starring Kristin Scott Thomas at the Old Vic Theatre

Old Vic website