Spacey's Iceman Transfers to Old VicDate: 8 May 1998
The Almeida's production of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh, starring Hollywood star Kevin Spacey, will transfer to the Old Vic following its run, ending 23 May, at the theatre's north London home. The limited Old Vic engagement, 19 June - 1 August 1998, will add another 44 London performances to the play's life in London.
Many of the original cast, including Spacey and Tim Piggott-Smith, will remain with the production, directed by Howard Davies.
The play tells the story of no-hopers in a last-chance saloon. Travelling salesman Hickey, played by Spacey, arrives on one of his regular visits to breathe some redemption into the drinkers' lives.
The Iceman Cometh is the third, star-studded Almeida production to enjoy a West End run this season. It follows David Hare's The Judas Kiss, starring Liam Neeson, and Pirandello's Naked, with Juliette Binoche.
Although best-known for his work in films such as The Usual Suspects, for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, Seven and LA Confidential, Kevin Spacey's theatre credits are numerous. Broadway appearances have included Ibsen's Ghosts, O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night and Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers for which he won a Tony award in 1991.
Former associate director at the RSC, Howard Davies' work for the Almeida has included Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which also transferred to the West End, and The Tower. Work at the National Theatre includes Chips with Everything and the current production of Flight.