Where There’s a Will… There’s a Spacey???
Date: 29 March 2006
Despite programming woes, there is good news for Kevin Spacey and the Old Vic this week. Having already picked up Whatsonstage.com’s Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actor for Richard II shortly after winning Best Shakespearean Performance at the Critics’ Circle Awards that same day (See News, 31 Jan 2006), Spacey will also be receiving the 2006 William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre (or the Will Award, as it’s known in the biz) for his performance in the Trevor Nunn production. The Old Vic artistic director will collect his award at a gala evening on 13 May 2006 at Washington DC’s Shakespeare Theatre. The Will Award, now in its 19th year, was set up to recognise a theatre professional’s outstanding contribution to classical theatre. Among the 18 previous recipients are a host of Britons, including Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and last year’s winner, Jeremy Irons. In the Whatsonstage.com Awards, Richard II was also named Best Shakespearean Production. On accepting the pair of prizes from Whatsonstage.com, Spacey said: “It was a thrilling experience for me to take the challenge of the title role, particularly on the Old Vic stage and to be part of such a talented company of actors.”
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