Directors: Sam Mendes
Writers: William Shakespeare
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Annabel Scholey, Maureen Anderman, Haydn Gwynne
Sam Mendes returned to the London stage to direct Old Vic Artistic Director Kevin Spacey in the title role of Richard III in the final season of The Bridge Project. This transatlantic endeavour reunited them for the first time since American Beauty, for which the both won BAFTA and Academy Awards. The play also embarked on an international tour that included Greece, Hong Kong, Spain, Istanbul, Naples, San Francisco, Beijing, Singapore, Sydney, and Doha.
The film Now: In the Wings of a World Stage is a documentary about the production of Richard III and gives theatre lovers an amazing insight into an international theatre production. Learn more about this documentary film.
'And here he is, first discovered in Sam Mendes's modern-dress production sitting in a leather armchair, wearing a paper crown, blowing on a party squeaker and confiding in the audience with a mixture of wit and creepy intimacy as he outlines his villainous plans. Spacey has long excelled at the dark and sinister, as he proved in such fine films as Seven and Mendes's own Oscar-winning American Beauty. Even when you meet him in private there is something unsettling about him, a sense that beneath the fluent charm something much scarier night be lurking.
He exploits this disconcerting quality to superb effect here, in an often electrifying performance which brilliantly identifies the two forces that drive the 'poisonous, bunch-backed toad' & heartless ambition and a profound self-loathing.'