KEVIN SPACEY, the double Oscar-winning actor, is to be named as the new artistic director of the Old Vic Theatre in London.
The surprise announcement, which will be supported by the theatre’s chairman, Sir Elton John, could come as soon as tomorrow.
Kevin Spacey to Run Old Vic
Posted 04 February 2003 - 12:41 PM
Posted 06 February 2003 - 06:19 AM
Posted 06 February 2003 - 07:22 AM
There were other articles in the sidebar: "Shuttle crash caused by God," etc. that reminded me of my adored, lamended satirewire that did this kind of thing.
Posted 06 February 2003 - 06:34 PM
Posted 07 February 2003 - 04:59 AM
Posted 07 February 2003 - 03:46 PM
He is obviously a generous deep-pocketed famous actor who cares about the Old Vic. I applaud that.
But shouldn't one be a director...to be a ...director?
Do they have to hand the whole bloody thing over to him?
Posted 07 February 2003 - 04:15 PM
Posted 07 February 2003 - 04:23 PM
He's run his own company for some time (triggerstreet)
and while he may not have directed before, he has at least acted.
Did Martins, McKenzie... run a ballet company before?
I've seen Spacey at many Broadway and off-Broadway productions and he is on the "board" of several theater groups in NY.
Even if he isn't the best, at least he's brought attention back to the Vic
Posted 07 February 2003 - 06:01 PM
Posted 07 February 2003 - 06:36 PM
Posted 07 February 2003 - 07:36 PM
Who were the Britiish candidates for the job?
Or did it fall to American Spacey (and his fundraising abilities) by default due to money being the primary problem at this point.
I would also like to point out that Mr. Spacey is steeped in American Naturalism. Not sure sure how that translates into
the tradition of classic theatre at the Old Vic.
Bit like naming Savion Glover head of the Royal Ballet...
I suppose I'll give up on his not being a director, since that seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Has the ballet world become so used to The Male Principal Principle that it feels the need to apply said MPP to other branches of the Arts?
For yet the third time I will also point out my gratefulness to Mr. Spacey for helping to save such a grand instituion. I would, however, have thought his seat on the board sufficient.
Sir Peter Hall...Jonathan Miller...Kevin Spacey?
I remain astonished!
Posted 03 March 2003 - 06:36 AM
"There's also been a bit of misreporting about the theatre having been some kind of a failure and that I'm riding in on a white horse and saving it, which is a bit of a disservice to the people who have been working there for the last five years doing major productions that have been selling out; the theatre has actually been running at a profit since we redesigned the board in 1998, so it's been doing quite well."
Posted 13 September 2005 - 04:39 PM
Perhaps only Altman is a big enough elder statesman to tackle Arthur Miller's last testament - an inspired piece of director-casting on the part of the Old Vic's artistic director, Kevin Spacey.
Hollywood actors come over to the West End all the time, of course, attracted by a relatively short run, all-expenses-paid accommodation in a top hotel or apartment, bags of prestige - and they've often got a good deal of theatre experience to draw upon anyway.
But will a Hollywood director find it quite the same congenial experience? It is unusual to work this way round. Olivier worked in both media; Sam Mendes handles both - both started in the theatre. Ingmar Bergman directed for the stage, working in his own more rarefied atmosphere.
I don't know about "inspired," but we'll see.
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