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Kevin Spacey comes to Istanbul for latest play

ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News | 7/31/2011 12:00:00 AM |

US actor Kevin Spacey will be in Istanbul for five performances this October with a starring role in Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III.’ The play, which will be staged as part of the Istanbul Theater Festival, is directed by British director Sam Mendes

The Istanbul Theater Festival will feature two special guests this October when Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes bring William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” to the city for five performances.

“Richard III,” which staged its world premiere in June in London to great acclaim, will appear at the Harbiye Muhsin Ertuğrul Stage between Oct. 5 and 9.

Mendes and Spacey have won five Academy Awards including the honors for best actor and best director in 1999 for their collaborate work, “American Beauty.” The duo has come together again now to produce “Richard III,” one of Shakespeare’s most famous historical plays.

 “I am absolutely delighted to be working with Kevin again for the first time since ‘American Beauty,”’ said Mendes. “‘Richard III’ is a play I love, and a role I think Kevin is born to play. I’m also thrilled that [our] partnership … has strengthened and blossomed over the course of this venture, along with a host of invaluable international partnerships that have enabled us to extend the reach of global touring year after year.”

Renowne British and US artists come together

“With such a remarkable character before me I have a feeling this one is going to be memorable experience,” Spacey said about the play. “It is also my hope to [create] a comprehensive educational program and opportunities for emerging artists along our travels, making an argument for the living theater in all major cities we will visit throughout 2011.”

Realized in collaboration with the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Centro Niemeyer Spain, the Hong Kong Art Festival, Kay & McLean Productions, the Singapore Repertoire Theater along with the Istanbul Theater Festival and Istanbul Municipal Theaters, the play brings together renowned British and American artists such as Maureen Anderman, Haydn Gwynne, Chuk Iwuji, Gemma Jones, Chandler Williams and Spacey under the direction of Mendes.

Highly praised by press

After its world premiere on June 29 at the Old Vic Theatre in London, “Richard III” was highly praised by the British press, with Spacey’s performance particularly winning rave reviews. “Richard III” will come to Istanbul after performances in Athens, Hong Kong and Spain.

Tickets for “Richard III” can be purchased at Biletix sales channels and the main box office at the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, or İKSV, building starting in August.

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