Spacey takes fourth turn as a.d.
A stage adaptation of Pedro Almodovar’s 1999 pic “All About My Mother” headlines Kevin Spacey’s fourth season as artistic director of London’s Old Vic.Spacey himself will return to the stage in a revival of David Mamet’s “Speed-the-Plow.” “All About My Mother,” which won the Oscar for foreign film, was adapted by Samuel Adamson and will be helmed by legit and screen director Tom Cairns and designed by Hildegard Bechtler. It marks the first English-language production adapted from an Almodovar work; The Spanish auteur has withheld rights to all stage adaptations of his films for 20 years. The production begins previews Aug. 25 and opens Sept. 4. Casting has not yet been completed. Second entry in the 2007-08 season will be “Cinderella,” a new pantomime penned by Stephen Fry, which opens Dec. 4. The production marks a return to the traditional British Christmas entertainment, following the Old Vic’s success two years back when Ian McKellen donned drag to appear as Widow Twankey in “Aladdin.” Further creatives and casting have not yet been confirmed for “Speed-the-Plow,” opening in January. The season wraps in May with the previously announced London run of “Hamlet” and “The Tempest,” directed by Sam Mendes. The plays are the first season of the Bridge Project, the three-year co-production deal among the Old Vic, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Mendes’ Neal Street Prods. Both productions will premiere at BAM in January. Spacey is currently appearing with Eve Best and Colm Meaney on Broadway in “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” the first of the Old Vic productions under the a.d. to transfer to New York.