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24/07/00
Spacey Injects Cash Into Old Vic
- Hollywood star invests in new productions

OSCAR-WINNING actor Kevin Spacey has stepped in to try and save the Old Vic theatre in South London.

The American Beauty star, in the capital celebrating his 41st birthday yesterday, is said to be investing a six-figure amount in future productions at the venue. The actor, who trod the Old Vic boards in the acclaimed The Iceman Cometh, also promised that he would appear in future plays at the cosy theatre just a few hundred yards from the south bank. Spacey expressed a desire to hook up with American Beauty director Sam Mendes on stage. "I'm going to try and convince him to do a play with me," he said.

Spacey is the latest in a long line of Hollywood actors to state his intentions to return to the London Stage. But he towed the same line as Sam Mendes on criticising the trend for 'event theatre', which often involves Hollywood stars being cast in London productions. "There's a difference, I would say, between celebrity casting and casting actors who are great in the roles," he said.




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