Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

(Senior) IT Support Engineer - 1st-3rd Line Support

£40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful IT service provider that has bee...

Wind Farm Civil Design Engineer

£55000 - £65000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: The Green Recruitmen...

Principal Marine Mechanical Engineer

£60000 - £70000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: The Green Recruitmen...

Principle Geotechnical Engineer

£55000 - £65000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: The Green Recruitmen...

Page 3 Profile: Kevin Spacey, actor

Lights, camera, action…

Actually, forget the camera. Double Oscar winner Kevin Spacey is to star in a one-man play at the Old Vic this summer to mark 10 years as artistic director of the London theatre. Spacey, 54, will star as the pioneering 19th-century lawyer Clarence Darrow, in a play of the same name.

But what about House of Cards?

Fear not, he will be taking just a short break from filming the cult American political drama to perform in the David W Rintels play. The actor is due to step down as the artistic director of the institution next year and has said he is “thrilled” to be returning to the Old Vic stage. “As I celebrate 10 years at the helm of this very special theatre it feels great to be returning to the character of Clarence Darrow,” he said.

Wait, he’s played Darrow before?

Yes – twice. On stage at the Old Vic in 2009 for the play Inherit the Wind, and in the 1991 television movie Darrow, directed by John Coles, who has also directed Spacey in House of Cards.

What’s special about this play, then?

Theatregoers will be able to scrutinise Spacey’s performance from all angles as the stage will be positioned in the centre of the audience with the venue’s proscenium-arch auditorium transformed into an in-the-round stage. The play is part of the venue’s in-the-round season, which will also see Kristin Scott Thomas star in Sophocles’ Greek tragedy Electra. Spacey said: “I know our audience will be excited by this programme and I can’t wait to be back on stage.”

Will he be gracing our cinema screens any time soon?

Although he may find himself with a little spare time after bowing out of his position as artistic director, it seems likely Spacey will continue to devote himself to stage acting. He recently said that he finds theatre a “more liberating” artistic form than film, describing it as “incredibly satisfying”. He may be in need of a well-earned rest, though. Of his time at the Old Vic he has said it has been “the most challenging artistic and financial job” he has ever had. “It was a tough road, tougher than anyone knows,” he added.

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Career Services

Day In a Page

Save the Tiger: Meet the hunters tasked with protecting Russia's rare Amur tiger

Hunters protect Russia's rare Amur tiger

In an unusual move, wildlife charities have enlisted those who kill animals to help save them. Oliver Poole travels to Siberia to investigate
Transfers: How has your club fared in summer sales?

How has your club fared in summer sales?

Who have bagged the bargain buys and who have landed the giant turkeys
Warwick Davis: The British actor on Ricky Gervais, how the Harry Potter set became his office, and why he'd like to play a spy

'I'm a realist; I know how hard this business is'

Warwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
The best swim shorts for men: Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer

The best swim shorts for men

Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer
Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Meet the couple blamed for bringing Lucifer into local politics
Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup