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Richard III - A Shakespearean Masterpiece

Richard III
Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes returns to the London stage to direct Old Vic Artistic Director Kevin Spacey as he plays the title role of Richard III. This transatlantic endeavour, in which the full company will be drawn from leading American and British actors, reunites Mendes and Spacey for the first time since American Beauty, for which they both won BAFTA and Academy Awards. With such impressive performance pedigrees, Mendes and Spacey will add that extra something that will make Richard III tickets a must-have this year.

The play, believed to have been written in approximately 1591, depicts the Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign of Richard III of England. Richard III was the last Yorkist king of England, whose death at the Battle of Bosworth effectively ended the Wars of the Roses. He has become infamous because of the disappearance of his young nephews - the Princes in the Tower. Notable stage performances of Richard III include Kenneth Branagh, Alec Guinness, Ian McKellen, Laurence Olivier and Al Pacino; now it is Kevin Spacey’s turn to portray this complex character and ensure that Richard III tickets will be worth every penny.

Among Spacey’s most well-known film roles are middle-aged magazine writer Lester Burnham in American Beauty, Det. Sgt. Jack Vincennes in L.A. Confidential, Roger ‘Verbal’ Kint in The Usual Suspects and John Doe in Seven. On stage, he has appeared in A Moon for the Misbegotten, Speed the Plow, Inherit the Wind and Richard II (directed by Trevor Nunn) at The Old Vic. Also, in November 2010 he was made a CBE by Prince Charles, on behalf of the Queen, for his services to drama, having sold his fair share of London theatre tickets in his fantastic career.

Sam Mendes, also honoured with a CBE in 2000, has won two Laurence Olivier Awards for his London stage productions The Glass Menagerie and Company in 1996, and Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya in 2003. He also received a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical for the Broadway revival of Cabaret in 1998. American Beauty was his debut film and earned him an Academy Award for Best Director. Other notable directing roles for on stage productions include the 1994 revival of Oliver! at the London Palladium and As You Like It and The Tempest for the Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Old Vic. He also directed a number of other successful and well-received films, that include Road To Perdition, The Kite Runner and Jarhead.

So hurry in purchasing your Richard III tickets today to see the results of this amazing collaboration; get your London theatre tickets today by contacting your London theatre ticket specialist.
Written by LondonTheatreStore on 16 February 2011 13:48:00

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