Spacey, while juggling film work and his starring role in “House of Cards,” has been artistic director of London’s Old Vic since 2004. The Olivier is timed to mark the end of his tenure at the theater, where he’ll step down this fall. Matthew Warchus, the director of Broadway’s “Matilda,” is on tap to replace him.
During Spacey’s time at the Old Vic, he’s starred in plays including “Speed-the-Plow,” “Inherit the Wind” and “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” which went on to a run on Broadway in 2007. The Old Vic was also one member of the partnership (along with Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Prods. and the Brooklyn Academy of Music) to create the Bridge Project, a series of trans-Atlantic touring co-productions of classics including Mendes’ “Richard III,” in which Spacey starred. Next month at the Old Vic the actor begins a return engagement of solo show “Clarence Darrow.”
The Old Vic’s staging of “The Norman Conquests” had a Tony-winning run on Broadway in 2009.
The Oliviers are set for April 12 at London’s Royal Opera House with nominations due to be announced March 9.