Oscar-winning actor and Artistic Director of The Old Vic, Kevin Spacey will play the title role in Shakespeare’s Richard III for two performances at Qatar National Convention Centre, as part of an international tour backed by the Doha Film Institute (DFI).
The production, directed by Academy Award Winner Sam Mendes, who worked with Spacey on the 1999 film American Beauty, will be hosted at the Doha venue on December 16 and 17 in association with the Middle East Theatre Academy. Qatar is the only Middle East destination included in the global tour with scheduled performances in Greece, Spain, Hong Kong, Singapore and Istanbul amongst others. The Richard III tour kicked off amid great critical acclaim at The Old Vic on June 29, 2011.
As part of its commitment to foster arts education and emerging talent, DFI has also partnered with the Kevin Spacey Foundation to offer acting workshops to two local schools as part of its inaugural flagship project Richard’s Rampage, an initiative spanning 11 countries and three continents. The programme will offer students an opportunity to participate in a bespoke workshop and enjoy free tickets to the actual performance of Richard III. Selected students get to participate in an exclusive Q and A session with Kevin Spacey and contribute to creating a film that includes young people from around the world.
Mendes directs a formidable cast of British and American actors, including Maureen Anderman as the Duchess of York; Haydn Gwynne as Queen Elizabeth; Chuk Iwuji as Duke of Buckingham; Gemma Jones as Queen Margaret; and Chandler Williams as George, Duke of Clarence.
“Sam [Mendes] is one of the finest directors I have had the pleasure to work with,' says kevin, who last worked with the director on American Beauty. "To gain this opportunity is beyond my wildest hopes. I love Sam’s perspective on a role, carving and shaping the actor. With such a remarkable character before me I have a feeling this one is going to be a memorable experience.”
Sam Mendes adds, “I'm absolutely delighted to be working with Kevin again for the first time since American Beauty, and I am doubly thrilled that he is leading year three of The Bridge Project. Richard III is a play I love, and a role I think Kevin is born to play.”
INFO: Tickets to Shakespeare’s Richard III go on sale from November 17 and can be purchased online: www.dohafilminstitute.com/Richard-111 or from the DFI Box Office located at Building 26, Katara Cultural Village.