Kenneth Branagh tipped for Old Vic job after Spacey
The actor is reportedly one of the favourites to take over from Kevin Spacey as artistic director of the historic theatre when he steps down in 2015
Spacey, who started as artistic director of the Old Vic in 2004, is aiming to raise a £20million fund "to make the theatre fit for the 21st century" before he leaves.
Branagh has had experience of running a theatre company, having co-founded the Renaissance Theatre Company in 1987 with David Parfitt. He is also among the names to have been mentioned in connection as a successor to Nicholas Hytner at the National.
The Old Vic board have appointed Sue Storr, a theatre consultant who also oversaw the appointment of the Royal Court's Vicky Featherstone, to lead the "transparent succession process" to find Spacey's replacement.
A spokesperson for the Old Vic told the Mail's Baz Bamigboye that "the process is only now formally beginning" and there would be "much speculation about names".