Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Kevin Spacey to reprise performance in Clarence Darrow at the Old Vic

Marking his last time on the Old Vic stage as Artistic Director, it has been announced that Kevin Spacey will reprise his performance in Clarence Darrow following his sell-out run of 22 performances in 2014. The play will run for six weeks between 3rd March and 11th April 2015.

In David W Rintels’ compelling one man play, the larger than life Darrow with his legendary wit relives some of his pivotal experiences, including the infamous Scopes ‘Monkey’ and ‘Thrill Killers’ trials which established his reputation as a courtroom giant and civil rights hero. 

Kevin Spacey said: "As my time at the helm of The Old Vic is drawing to a close, it felt the right choice to bring back Clarence Darrow. I had such a short run with the production last year and so many didn’t get the chance to see it, that it felt like a great opportunity to do a longer run. Clarence Darrow is a role I’ve gotten to play three different times – in a 1992 film about his life, as the lawyer Drummond in Inherit the Wind and finally in the marvellous David Rintel’s one-man play, Clarence Darrow, last year. 

"Perhaps it is true what they say, if you do something long enough you just might get good at it. I look forward to sharing Darrow’s remarkable, inspiring life one more time in London, as we build toward the excitement of Matthew Warchus taking on the role of Artistic Director at our beloved Old Vic."

Clarence Darrow will be staged in the round, this ambitious project is once more made possible by the generous support of CQS. The season of productions is supported for the fourth consecutive year by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Thea Sharrock directs with design by Alan Macdonald, lighting by Guy Hoare, music by Adrian Johnston and sound by Gregory Clarke.

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