Old friends Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum, who acted together two years ago in Speed the Plow larked around last night (13 July) following the press night of The Prisoner of Second Avenue, the Old Vic's first West End production beyond its home on the Cut, at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Set in the 1970s, Neil Simon's 1971 play is a black comedy depicting a New York couple, Mel (Goldblum) and Edna Edison (Oscar-winner Mercedes Ruehl), enduring the trials and tribulations of city life. Mel is made redundant and the stress of an economic crisis and urban life pushes him into having a nervous breakdown. The family gathers to offer support, with Edna stoically bearing the burden of his disintegration and self-pity.

Directed by Terry Johnson (La Cage Aux Folles), The Prisoner of Second Avenue continues for a limited season to 25 September 2010.

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