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Duo play ‘Anthems’ with Spacey at Vic

Set in real time, legiter will be directed by David Grindley

LONDON — Mary Stuart Masterson and Steven Weber will join Kevin Spacey to complete the cast of the Dennis McIntyre play “National Anthems.”

Legiter gives Spacey his first acting role at the Old Vic in his inaugural season as artistic director of the venerable playhouse.

Play marks the London theater debuts of both Masterson and Weber, who have been visible on Broadway of late: She was Tony-nommed for her perf as Antonio Banderas’ wife in “Nine,” while he was Matthew Broderick’s first replacement as Leo Bloom in “The Producers.”

The play, set in real time, will be directed by Brit David Grindley, whose revival of the British classic “Journey’s End” is now at its third West End venue. Spacey first acted in “National Anthems” in 1988, when he joined Tom Berenger and Mary McDonnell in an Arvin Brown-helmed staging of the play at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Conn. Playwright McIntyre died the following year.

Spacey is reprising the role of Ben Cook, blue-collar neighbor of the affluent Arthur and Leslie Reed, to be played by Weber and Masterson. “It’s a very demanding role,” Spacey said. “I’m onstage the entire play.”

“Anthems” previews beginning Feb. 1 and opens Feb. 8; it runs through April 23.

Following “Anthems,” Spacey will attempt to compete with screen memories of Cary Grant by appearing in an Old Vic stage revival of “The Philadelphia Story.”

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