Adrian Lukis (pictured) will fill in for artistic director Kevin Spacey in the Old Vic’s current production of The Philadelphia Story. Lukis will play CK Dexter Haven from 20 June to 6 August 2005, while Spacey is away shooting for his new film Superman Returns (See News, 16 Mar 2005). Spacey will return for the final four weeks of the Old Vic run, which has been extended to 3 September 2005 (See News, 11 May 2005).

Lukis was seen at the Old Vic last year in Spacey’s own premiere production of Cloaca. His other recent stage credits include Dinner, Dead Funny, The Front Page, The Relapse and Sleep With Me. The Philadelphia Story will reunite him with Jennifer Ehle, with whom he appeared in BBC TV’s Pride and Prejudice.

Ehle stars as spoilt heiress Tracy Lord with DW Moffett as society reporter Mike Connor. Also in the cast are: Julia McKenzie (mother Margaret Lord), Oliver Cotton (father Seth Lord), Nicholas Le Prevost (Uncle Willie), Richard Lintern (Tracy’s fiancé George Kittredge), Lauren Ward (photographer Liz Imbrie), Damien Matthews (brother Sandy Lord) and Talulah Riley (sister Dinah Lord).

Written by Philip Barry as a vehicle for Katharine Hepburn (who played Tracy), The Philadelphia Story premiered on Broadway in 1939 and was famously made into George Cukor’s 1940 Oscar-winning film, in which Hepburn was joined by Jimmy Stewart (Mike) and Cary Grant (Dexter). It also inspired Cole Porter’s musical High Society.

The Old Vic production, which opened on 10 May 2005 (previews from 3 May), is directed by Broadway’s Jerry Zaks and designed by John Lee Beatty, with costumes by Tom Rand, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Fergus O’Hare. Aside from Spacey, all other actors will appear throughout the duration of the four-month run.

- by Terri Paddock