Tony winner Matthew Warchus will succeed Tony winner Kevin Spacey as Artistic Director of London’s Old Vic. He will take up the role in
the fall of 2015 when Spacey, currently in his 10th year as Artistic Director, steps down. The Old Vic is one of London’s oldest theaters.
Warchus has mounted over 70 productions in London and on Broadway, from new plays to classics, modern revivals, musicals and operas. His Great White Way directing credits include Matilda, Ghost the Musical, The Norman Conquests, God of Carnage (for which he received the Tony) and Follies. He is currently an Artistic Associate at The Old Vic having helmed a number of productions there, most recently in 2008 when he directed Spacey and Jeff Goldblum in Speed-the-Plow and also for the revival of Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy, The Norman Conquests.
Spacey said in a statement: "I couldn't be happier that my friend Matthew Warchus has agreed to take the reins at The Old Vic next year...Matthew is a thoughtful, intuitive and highly creative director and he has rightly been applauded for his work, in particular the quality and diversity of his portfolio.” Warchus added: "I am excited and honored to be following Kevin’s galvanizing tenure at this wonderful building. He has re-established The Old Vic as a globally important theatre and I look forward to continuing to develop it as a hub of invigorating creativity."
The Old Vic is currently presenting Other Desert Cities, before Spacey returns to the stage in a one man show, Clarence Darrow, opening 28 May.