Kevin Spacey, a.d. of London’s Old Vic Theater, will open his 2009 season directing the world premiere of Joe Sutton’s “Complicit,” to be followed by an Anna Mackmin-helmed revival of “Dancing at Lughnasa.”
“Complicit” explores the current U.S. political climate in a tale about a fictional Pulitzer-winning journalist who is hauled in front of a Supreme Court special prosecutor. American scribe Sutton was himself Pulitzer-nommed for his 1995 play “Voir Dire.”
Designed by Rob Howell and lit by Howard Harrison, “Complicit” runs Jan. 7-Feb. 21 with a Jan. 22 press opening.
Next up at the Old Vic is Mackmin’s revival of Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa.” The first West End revival since the 1990 premiere features a cast led by Niamh Cusack, Michelle Fairley, Susan Lynch and — in her London stage debut — Andrea Corr, former lead singer of the Corrs. Mackmin’s world preem of Friel’s new version of Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” is running at Dublin’s Gate Theater.
Designed by Lez Brotherston and lit by Paule Constable, the show runs Feb. 26-May 9 with a March 5 opening. It will be produced by the Old Vic, Sonia Friedman Prods. and Tulchin/Bartner.
Both shows will be staged in-the-round in the Old Vic’s new CQS Space, which has proved successful in the venue’s current hit revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s tragicomic trilogy “The Norman Conquests.”
The season is completed by Sam Mendes’s previously announced “The Cherry Orchard” and “The Winter’s Tale.” Those shows are the first part of the three-year Bridge Project, a partnership between the Old Vic, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Neal Street Prods. The shows run May 23-Aug. 15.