Meeting Whatsonstage.com to collect his trophies (pictured), Spacey said: “We were delighted that audiences reacted so warmly to our production of Richard II. 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. Trevor Nunn is a remarkable director, and he created something we all felt was real special. It was wonderful to experience such a positive response from audiences during the run and to receive this award from theatregoers is an honour.”
The Old Vic won a fourth Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Ian McKellen making his pantomime dame debut in Aladdin, which was also named the Planet Hollywood Theatre Event of the Year.
Yesterday’s multi award-winning news came less than a fortnight after the announcement of this year’s Laurence Olivier Awards shorlists, in which the Old Vic did not receive a single nomination, not even for the critically acclaimed Richard II (See News, 18 Jan 2006).
Despite a drubbing in the press during a critically lacklustre inaugural season, the Whatsonstage.com audience has always been supportive of Spacey. In a Big Debate survey on the site in June 2005, 80% of theatregoers said that Spacey had done a good job in his first year at the Old Vic Theatre, three-quarters said he had succeeded in raising the Old Vic’s international reputation and 68% thought the media had been unfairly negative.
- by Terri Paddock
To view the full list of winners & nominees & voting percentages, click here. And look out for more awards presentations over the coming days & weeks.