Spacey, Mendes take ‘Richard III’ to Qatar

Global tour is part of the Bridge Project

LONDON — Kevin Spacey and Sam Mendes are taking their stage production of “Richard III” to Qatar, where the show will play for two nights at the National Convention Center in December.

Qatar is the only Middle East destination in the global tour of the production, which is directed by Mendes with Spacey in the title role.

The tour kicked off at London’s Old Vic theater in July, and will also travel to Greece, Spain, Hong Kong and Singapore.

The Qatar leg is backed by the Doha Film Institute, in association with the Middle East Theater Academy. The Kevin Spacey Foundation will also organize acting workshops in two local schools.

“It is also my hope to bring a comprehensive educational program and opportunities for emerging artists along with our travels, making an argument for the living theater in all the major cities we will visit throughout 2011,” Spacey commented.

The global tour of “Richard III” is part of the Bridge Project, a collaboration between the Old Vic, where Spacey is artistic director, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Mendes’ Neal Street Prods. Now in its third year, the Bridge Project brings together British and American actors in classical productions.

“Richard III” will reach the Brooklyn Academy of Music in January 2012.