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Kevin Spacey

(07 Feb 2011)

For the past five years Kevin's main focus has been to serve as the Artistic Director of London's Old Vic Theatre Company. Since launching this new company in 2004 he has appeared in productions of National Anthems, The Philadelphia Story, Richard II (directed by Trevor Nunn) and Moon For The Misbegotten, directed by Howard Davis, which transferred to Broadway last year. He most recently completed a run of David Mamet's Speed The Plow at the Old Vic, starring opposite Jeff Goldblum under the direction of Matthew Warchus. The Old Vic is heavily involved in Education and Community work, using the tools and artists of theatre for young people as well as its vast program for emerging artists, through its program Old Vic/New Voices. The company is about to end its fourth season of work, which included an adaptation of Pedro Almovodar's All About My Mother with Dame Diana Rigg, followed by Cinderella written by Stephen Fry.

 

Since childhood his primary allegiance has been the theatre, with roles beginning in junior high school and leading to Broadway. He trained at the Juilliard School of Drama and made his NY stage debut in Joseph Papp's Central Park production of Henry IV, Part I.

 

His breakthrough came when director Jonathan Miller cast Spacey as Jack Lemmon's son in the 1986 Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, which also played the Haymarket Theatre in London. Other favorite roles include Treplov in The Seagull with Colleen Dewhurst (Kennedy Center); Paul in Barrie Keefe's Barbarians (SoHo Rep); and Athol Fugard's Playland (Manhattan Theatre Club). For his performance as Uncle Louie in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers, he won the Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1991.

 

Kevin SpaceyIn 1995, cinema audiences discovered Spacey in three distinct performances: as Buddy Ackerman in George Huang's Swimming With Sharks; Verbal Kint in Bryan Singer's The Usual Suspects; and John Doe in David Fincher's Se7en. He has continued to build an impressive body of work with such films as L.A. Confidential, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Negotiator, Hurlyburly, Looking for Richard, The Big Kahuna, K-Pax, The Shipping News, The Life of David Gale, Superman Returns and American Beauty. Many of these performances have won him nominations and awards, including two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for The Usual Suspects and Best Actor for American Beauty, for which he also received the Screen Actors Guild and British Academy's BAFTA Award for Best Actor.

 

He was most recently seen in Recount for HBO, the story of the 2000 election in Florida between Bush and Gore. Film was directed by Jay Roach, produced by Sydney Pollack, Paula Weinstein and Trigger Street Productions. Recount and Bernard and Doris earned a total of 21 Emmy nominations, including an Emmy nomination for Kevin for his role in Recount. He will next be seen playing a role in Nick Moran's British film Telstar with Pam Ferris and Con O'Neill, and in the indie Shrink, where Kevin leads an ensemble cast playing a shrink to the stars opposite Kiki Palmer and Robin Williams. This film is a co-production between Ignite, Ithaka and Trigger Street.

 

As a speaker, Spacey will discuss the importance of theatre, culture and the arts and his speeches are peppered with personal stories and occasional impressions of some he has worked with and knows.

 

For further information please contct Speaker Solutions on01 6190243 or emal susan@speakersolutions.ie

 



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