July 2, 2011 –
Richard III is pulling in some great reviews as well as some fun articles. Spacey fan Vivienne pointed me to some interesting things.
July 1, 2011 – No text, just a nice picture.
June 29, 2011 – Wow. Now it’s been 2 years since I updated last! Kevin is now in a production of Richard III, through September 11. If you’re going to be in London, grab some tickets now.
June 5, 2009 – Hmm. Seems to have been a while since I updated this page! Is it too late to mention everything that happened since he did Speed the Plow? In that case, I’ll just say that Kevin is slated to return to the stage of the Old Vic Theatre in a production of Inherit The Wind. According to their schedule the play starts previews September 18 and goes through December 20. The production is to be directed by Trevor Nunn.
March 11, 2008
Great news! I’ve finally added a page for reviews and opinions and stage door stories by fans! Uh, bad news is, I haven’t had time to add those things to the page. But any day now.
Thank you to the fans who have sent me things, only to have to wait and wait for them to appear.
February 12, 2008
I’ve added a new page to the Speed-The-Plow section. It is for stage door photos. Spacey fan Marie has generously shared one of her pictures with us. I’m going to leave it sized as is until there are more and I have to go to thumbnails. I’ll be starting the page for fan recollections and reviews in a few days.
February 4, 2008
Speed-The-Plow started previews on Friday evening. The play runs through April 26th.
The play will have a brief run at the Ruhr festival in Recklinghausen, Germany from May 3 – May 11. Thanks to Erika for that information.
April 3, 2007
From an Old Vic email press item – John Osborne’s The Entertainer premiered at the Royal Court on 10 April 1957. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, actors Robert Lindsay and Pam Ferris, and director, Sean Holmes, will discuss the play’s history and The Old Vic’s current production, with theatre critic, Michael Coveney.
Tickets are £5 and include a free glass of Mouton Cadet wine. Please call 0870 060 6628 to book your place.
March 6, 2007
I have a new page for the news updates for the Broadway production of A Moon For The Misbegotten.
The current production at the Old Vic stars Spacey look alike Robert Lindsay. American audiences will know him from the TV show “My Family” on BBC America, his mystery series on PBS and his co-starring role in the Hornblower movies on A&E. I know what you were all thinking. That this is what Kevin’s brother must look like. **We were wrong.
December 31, 2006
Wow! I had no idea it had been so long since I updated this news page. Just wanted to say that I haven’t read anything yet about when the tickets for Moon at the BAT will be on sale. I *have* come up with an idea for a sure fire money-maker for the production though.
T-shirts, key rings, caps, mugs and posters that say “I was mooned at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre!”
November 22, 2006
Many sources are reporting that starting on March 29, 2007, A Moon for the Misbegotten will begin preview performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York City. The play officially starts on April 9. Kevin, Eve Best and Colm Meaney will reprise their roles.
Old Vic Video Blog #5 is making it’s appearance. You can also find all five videos on the Old Vic’s own site now. *I don’t know if they are still there.
November 13, 2006
The fantastic news is it is looking like there’s a very good chance that Moon will be heading for New York City by March. The not so good news is it looks like those horribly uncomfortable seats at the BAT may be awaiting Kevin’s devoted fans again. Maybe this time they’ll have Inflatable Cushion Night the way they do at ballgames. And really, this time they need to have small souvenirs like Moon keychains and postcards or something. Carrying that windowcard all over the place wasn’t very practical. I’ll add more suggestions as they come to me.
Congratulations to Kevin Spacey for being nominated in the Best Actor category of the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
October 31, 2006
Kevin did an interview on BBC Radio 4 yesterday.
October 16, 2006
There’s a new fan review on the Moon fan reviews page. Thanks to Cynthia.
October 9, 2006
Spacey fan “Fan” has sent me some of her thoughts about the play which she made note of in her journal. You can find them here. She’s also sharing some of her stage door pictures with us. Big thanks to Fan.
October 6, 2006
One of the fans was asking me what time someone needs to get to the theater when they have tickets to a matinee. If anyone’s been to a matinee performance, would you drop me a line and tell me how early I should tell her she needs to be there? Email link is on the entrance page, or you can use the feedback link on the Map page. *Thank you. I’ve forwarded the information.
October 5, 2006
Kevin and the cast of A Moon For The Misbegotten are enjoying some fantastic reviews. I will try to post a few at the weekend. In the mean time, Spacey fan Vivienne tells me she saw Kevin on TV earlier in the week. You can watch the interview at the BBC site. The link for the video is at the bottom of the page.
September 21, 2006
Spacey fan Simone is sharing with us her Old Vic adventure from last week. Enjoy. You can find it on the new Fan Reviews page for “Moon”. As always, be aware of possible plot spoilers in any review.
As you can see above, I’ve added links to lastminuteliving.com’s Old Vic video blog and the main “Moon” section of this site. I’ll hopefully be adding more pictures and reviews sent by fans very, very soon.
September 5, 2006
I sure hope Moon makes it’s way to New York next summer. I haven’t seen Kevin Spacey in a play since 1999!
September 1, 2006
Now that Moon is close to opening, I guess I’d better get to work on finishing last season’s production sections on the site.
August 28, 2006
I haven’t updated the Old Vic News page since the middle of June?? And here we’re just a few weeks away from Kevin’s latest venture, A Moon for the Misbegotten. The cast for the play now includes Eve Best, Colm Meaney, Billy Carter and Eugne O’Hare.
And now for a bit of description snippage snipped off the Old Vic web site:
Josie (Best), a towering woman with a quick tongue and a ruined reputation lives in a dilapidated Connecticut farmhouse with her conniving father, Phil Hogan (Meaney). Together they’re a formidable force as they scrape together a livelihood. But Josie’s softer side is exposed through her love of Jim Tyrone (Spacey), Hogan’s landlord and drinking buddy – a third-rate actor whose dreams of stardom were washed away by alcohol.
I sure hope the play makes it’s way to New York. It’s been over 7 years since I was lucky enough to see him in a play.
June 18, 2006
A snippet in today’s Washington Post, ARTS section. Now Appearing on London Stages … Our Top Picks London’s West End theaters sold 11 million tickets and took in $270 million last year: Here s a sampling of what’s hot now and what promise to be big draws when they open.
In the wings: …Kevin Spacey stars in Eugene O’Neill’s “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” opening at the Old Vic Sept. 26
June 17, 2006
Slightly old news – Eve Best will be Kevin’s co-star in Moon.
June 3, 2006
Some of you may recall me mentioning my friend Chris. Back in 1999, he waited patiently with my mother at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre stage door in New York City, to get Kevin’s autograph on my Hopper cover (A Bug’s Life VHS with Hopper on the cover) while my sister and I were inside the theater seeing The Iceman Cometh. Then a few years ago he was visiting his uncle in London and I asked him to go to the Old Vic and take a few pictures but he claimed that he couldn’t find it and that his uncle who has lived in London for more than twenty years had never heard of it.
He just returned from a trip to London and this time managed to find the theater and took some pictures. I’ve changed the photo on the Old Vic section main page to one of the pictures, and changed the picture on the new Season Three section to his photo of the outside of the theater with Kevin’s next play in the poster cases on the front of the building. If it works, you can click on the left poster case and get a picture of the case taken by itself. I’ll add a few more of his pictures another day. Big thanks to Chris!
I *think* I fixed the hotspot over the photo of Kevin outside the theater.
May 9, 2006
The Old Vic announced their next 3 seasons today. I’ll add a schedule rundown later.
Thanks to Cathie.
April 13, 2006
Kevin has a new interview with the Guardian.
‘I knew we’d be put under a microscope’ Kevin Spacey has been under attack ever since he took over as artistic director of the Old Vic theatre. With his latest play closing early after being savaged by the critics, he tells Michael Billington that the audiences love what he does – but the media is out to get him.
That must be in response to the articles such as those in Playbill.
Spacey’s Old Vic Theatre Company to Go Dark for Five Months
Thanks to Cathie and Ruth for the links.
April 9, 2006
Resurrection Blues is closing a week earlier than originally planned so if you wanted to see it, now’s the time to go. According to the Sunday Times, there likely won’t be another play at the Old Vic until Kevin does A Moon For The Misbegotten in September.
Thanks to Cathie.
April 3, 2006
UK fans can catch a little bit of Kevin on TV- Artsworld: The Arts Channel from Sky.
March 11, 2006
There’s a rumor going around that Moon for the Misbegotten may be going to NYC as early as January 2007, with a brief stop in Washington, DC first. But so far I haven’t had any response to my query from the Old Vic Theatre.
Has anyone gone to see Resurrection Blues?
February 5, 2006
I’ve had to temporarily remove the fan reviews form.
January 19, 2006
No Olivier award nominations for the Old Vic this year. Maybe next time.
December 17, 2005
There’s still time to cast your vote for Kevin and Richard II in the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards 2006.
November 27, 2005
Spacey fan Isis sent me some stage door pictures from yesterday, the last day for Richard II. I’ll add them soon.
November 24, 2005
I don’t often mention ebay auctions but one of the Jennifer Ehle fans has alerted me to an auction for an autographed program from The Philadelphia Story that is being auctioned off by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. It has been signed by the cast, including Kevin Spacey.
November 23, 2005
There are only a few performances of Richard II left so you’d better see it while you can! I’ve added another review to the second page of R2 reviews.
Several fans have emailed me to say that Kevin received an honorary degree from London Southbank University.
Thank you to all who emailed me.
November 16, 2005
I have had several fan reviews and more stage door pics, some taken with Kevin in the flap over the past week but won’t have time to post them for several more days. Thank you to everyone who sent them and I’ll get to them as quickly as possible.
November 11, 2005
More about the flap from Thisislondon.com, with pictures.
November 9, 2005
I wasn’t going to do any work on my site for the next few days but there’s apparently some “flap” over something being called an autograph flap that has been put in place at the stage door of the Old Vic. I don’t know how it effects getting autographs and photos at the stage door (if at all) but one news item said Kevin will only sign autographs between 10:30 and 10:45pm. I don’t know if that’s true or not. As always with stories about Kevin and his theatre that cause people to get in an uproar, there will do doubt be further clarification at some point. In fact, one fan has told me he’s already been on TV explaining his flap.
November 1, 2005
Spacey fans Cathie and Susan tell me there’s an interview with Kevin at Whatsonstage.com. There’s an audio interview plus a written excerpt.
Kevin says something that bothered me a bit (like that’s anything new!). When asked about his becoming the Old Vic’s artistic director, he mentions his job there and says “This to me is more lasting and more valuable and more important than any film I could ever do in my life. No question.”
Kevin Spacey, I can tell you from the emails I receive that your films are extremely important to many people for many reasons. Some of the films I joke about being horrible films, let’s use Pay It Forward as an example, have touched people deeply and non-fans have written to me to tell me that your films have made a lasting impression on them. I lost count of the number of Bobby Darin fans who emailed me believing I was *you* and told me how grateful they are for your film. I hope you’re not getting the idea that your movie career is some kind of unworthy job compared to working for the Old Vic.
BTW – I have some new stage door pics to add later, thanks to Christine.
October 31, 2005
I’m still adding fan reviews for Richard II but the popularity of the Hot For Kevin poll is keeping me from adding pro reviews. I’ll get around to those eventually.
Spacey fan Fan tipped me off to this following radio interview:
Time: 22:00 to 00:00 (2 hours long). When: Sunday 6th November on Classic FM Anne-Marie Minhall looks ahead to the must-see arts events of the coming week, in the company of some of classical music’s biggest names. Each week, she’s joined by Classic FM resident bookworm Chris Powling for his pick of the latest book releases, Natalie Wheen for her must-see concert of the week, David Mellor, who offers his tip for CD of the Week and Mark Forrest with his movie of the week. Tonight, Anne-Marie Minhall is joined by Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey and the mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli. Starring: Anne-Marie Minhall
October 24, 2005
Remember a while back, Spacey fans had a chance to ask questions of Kevin’s Philadelphia Story co-star Jennifer Ehle at a Jennifer Ehle fan based blog? You can find the Q&A here:
Thanks to Tina at the blogspot for letting me know.
Wouldn’t you love to have Kevin answer questions from fans instead of those usual questions professionals always ask? I’ve had some doozies sent to me from Spacey fans over the past five years, believe me!
October 23, 2005
I’ve added another handful of fan reviews for Richard II to the second fan reviews page. Be aware of spoilers if you haven’t read the play and intend to see it. I also added more stage door pics to the Richard II pictures page yesterday. The demeanor of a certain someone in the afternoon as opposed to the evening was as different as night and day. Ba dum pum!
October 18, 2005
Spacey fan Kelly, who is more observant than I am, tells me that there had been an ad at the Whatsonstage link yesterday that showed Kevin as the cover of the November Theatregoer magazine mentioned in yesterday’s news. I think that’s one of those magazines you can only get in the UK.
I’ll be adding some new stage door pics tonight, thanks to Matt and Fan. Matt’s pictures are on the TPS photos page and Fan’s are on the R2 photos page.
October 17, 2005
Spacey Records Exclusive Podcast on WOS Radio Kevin Spacey, the Hollywood actor turned artistic director of London’s Old Vic Theatre, has given an exclusive Podcast interview to Whatsonstage.com. The 30-minute interview was conducted at the Old Vic by Whatsonstage.com Radio’s Roger Foss. In it, Spacey explains why theatre is more important to him than his movie career and how his move to the London arts landmark represents a long-term commitment rather than a movie star fad. Subscribers to the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Club, Theatregoer Magazine and the Archive service can download the Podcast from 17 October 2005. Extracts from the interview will also be published in the November issue of Theatregoer, Whatsonstage.com’s sister print title.
Thanks to Cathie and Kelly for tipping me off.
October 16, 2005
I’ve added more Richard II fan reviews recently. Click on the link near the top of the R2 Fan Reviews page to read a detailed description of the play by Spacey fan Fan.
October 13, 2005
Spacey fan Isis has sent me her description of the Richard II Q&A held at the Old Vic on October 11. You can read it here.
October 5, 2005
I added a few reviews to the Richard II Reviews page. There are photos from the play at the links on that page. I’ll add a few more soon.
October 3, 2005
In advance of the official opening night of Richard II tomorrow night, Kevin has a short interview at the Telegraph site. You may need to register to read it.
September 25, 2005
There are some stage door pics taken on Saturday on the Richard II pics page. Thanks to Sue for sharing them with us.
We have our first fan reviews for Richard II. Click on the link above.
You can find “on stage” photos (as well as other Spacey pics) at this photo site. Thanks to Joanie and Linda.
September 21, 2005
A few items of interest – first, Kevin was interviewed about Richard II on BBC Radio’s Front Row show last night.
Click on Tuesday’s show under the Listen Again section, to the right of the page.
Plus, for UK fans, the newspaper The Independent is supposed to contain a free copy of the Swimming With Sharks DVD in this coming Saturday’s edition. Check your local newstands.
September 13, 2005
There are all sorts of Justin Timberlake stories hopping at the old Spacey searches today. Such as Contactmusic.com claiming that according to “reports” Kevin has extended an offer to Justin Timberlake to take a role in the Old Vic’s production of Resurrection Blues because of Justin’s incredible acting in the upcoming film Edison and Sky News claiming he has already been snapped up for the production. There were more, basically all saying the same thing.
I have no comment mainly because I don’t have the time to answer angry emails from 12 year old “JT” fans. I have to give my cat her medicine and that takes a while.
* Whatsonstage.com says that the Old Vic says that this is not true.
And there was this snippet from London SE1:
“And what of the behaviour of audiences at the Old Vic? Last year Spacey famously told Radio 4: “My feeling is if people don’t know how to behave they shouldn’t come”. His rant obviously sank in. “I’m pleased to say that in the entire run of Philadelphia Story, only one mobile phone went off” – and that was just as Spacey was about to kiss co-star Jennifer Ehle – “I turned out to the audience and said ‘We’re not in’, then I kissed her.”
September 9, 2005
The Old Vic web site has a new look today, complete with a great new picture of Kevin and some other guy.
September 7, 2005
According to Whatsonstage.com, Robert Altman will direct a production of Arthur Miller’s Resurrection Blues in February. No casting has been announced yet. but tickets will go on sale to the general public on September 26. The full season will be announced later today.
September 7, 2005
I’ve made a few navigational changes to the main Old Vic Theatre section. Link above.
Tomorrow will see the announcement of Kevin’s second full season as Artistic Director of the Old Vic. While we wait, for new fans I have these blasts from the Old Vic News past.
- Kevin’s first rumored play for the Old Vic (From early April 2004): Finally! The Old Vic has released a partial schedule for Kevin’s first season as Artistic Director: The Old Vic has announced the first play to be performed under the direction of Artistic Director Kevin Spacey. Kevin has decided to bring to the Old Vic a rarely seen stage production of ‘Dance Salomé, Dance’ much to the surprise of theatre watchers who had predicted a revival of ‘The Philadelphia Story’. The play is loosely based on Oscar Wilde’s ‘Salomé’, which was translated from it’s original French into English by Lord Alfred Douglas. Kevin is set to star in (!) the production as well as directing. More information can be found here.
- Interview about the coming season (From early April 2005): Link to Financial Time interview w/picture
September 5, 2005
There are more stage door pictures from Saturday on the TPS photos page. Thanks to Su. Either Kevin’s hair is suddenly growing more quickly or he’s taking chest hair shavings and gluing them to his head.
September 3, 2005
The Philadelphia Story comes to a close. There some new pictures from last week on the TPS photos page. Thanks to Fan. A few more TPS reviews will be added today or tomorrow.
August 23, 2005
Spacey fan Marie is the one to thank for the close up of Kevin Spacey’s returning hair. The picture was taken on August 20th after the matinee. Her pics are above Spacey fan Su’s on the TPS photos page.
August 20, 2005
More stage door pics have been added to the TPS photos page. These were from after today’s matinee. Big thanks to Su. Kevin’s sideburns seem to be growing in very quickly and with quite a bit of lovely gray, but it looks almost as if he’s shaving the back of his head. Too bad he won’t let some lucky fan catch him without his hat.
I’ll be adding some reviews tomorrow. Make that later in the week. Thanks to Jenny and Vivienne.
August 18, 2005
Wanna win some tickets to Richard II? The Telegraph newspaper online site is giving some away but the giveaway is over August 19 at 5pm. Better hurry!
Thanks to Kotomi for the info.
August 17, 2005
I’ve added a few new stage door pics to the TPS photos page. Thanks to Emma. Only 2 more days to get a question in for Jennifer Ehle.
August 12, 2005
I should have a fan report on Kevin’s return to TPS by tomorrow, hopefully with pictures.
This might be of interest to some of you Spacey fans who enjoy both your copies of Se7en and a little bit of Pride & Prejudice on the side. Kevin’s TPS co-star Jennifer Ehle will be answering email questions for the Jennifer Ehle Blog and you can submit a question. They are taking submissions until August 19.
You can find more info here: http://jenniferehle.blogspot.com/2005/08/inquisition.html
Thanks to Tina at the blogspot.
Richard II news
Casting Announced for Kevin Spacey Richard II
By James Inverne August 10, 2005
Full casting has been announced for the Old Vic Company’s Richard II. Kevin Spacey will, as previously confirmed, play the title role. Oliver Cotton — after his stint as Spacey’s sometime father-in-law Seth Lord in The Philadelphia Story — will stay on at the venue as the Duke of Northumberland. Richard’s nemesis, Bolingbroke, will be played by Ben Miles, while Julian Glover (a former RSC Henry IV) will be John of Gaunt.
The rest of the cast includes Peter Eyre as the Duke of York (Eyre recently co-starred in another historical epic, as the Grand Inquisitor in the Sheffield and West End Don Carlos), Susan Tracy as the Duchess of York, Sean Baker (Mowbray/Salisbury), Lewis Barfoot, Kieran Bew (Exton/Fitzwater), Naomi Capron, David Collings (Green/Surrey), David Dawson, Jack James, Oliver Kieran-Jones (Duke of Aumerle), David Leon (Percy), Disney Livingstone (Bishop of Carlisle), Ciaran McIntyre, Alastair Robins (Ross), Mark Tandy (Scroop), David Weston (Willoughby) and Glyn Williams.
Trevor Nunn is set to direct one of the relatively few Shakespeare plays he has never previously tackled. Hildegard Bechtler will design, with lighting by Peter Mumford, sound by Fergus O’Hare and video design by Dick Straker and Sven Ortel. A series of related workshops, films and Q&A events for younger audiences will run alongside the production.