The Old Vic has announced its Summer/Autumn Season in-the-round. It will feature Tony and Oscar winner Kevin Spacey in the one-man play Clarence Darrow, a production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Kristin Scott Thomas headlining Electra.
Directed by Thea Sharrock, David W Rintels’ Clarence Darrow will run May 28 through June 15. Spacey, the Artistic Director of the Old Vic, said in a statement, “it feels great to be returning to the character of Clarence Darrow, whom I played both onstage in Inherit the Wind and 22 years ago in the PBS film Darrow, directed by one of my House of Cards collaborators, John Coles.” Darrow was a pioneering lawyer of 19th century America and in the 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.
Yaël Farber will direct Arthur Miller's modern classic The Crucible. The play tells the story of one man’s fight to save his identity in a repressive Puritan community where intolerance collides with lust and superstition, fueling widespread hysteria with tragic results. The production will run June 24 through September 13.
Frank McGuinness’ adaptation of Sophocles’ tragedy Electra, will be directed by Ian Rickson and star Kristin Scott Thomas. The classic drama follows Electra and Orestes’ revenge on their father’s murderers. The production will play September 20 through December 20, with opening night set for October 1.