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The Bridge Project's RICHARD III featuring Kevin Spacey and directed by Sam Mendes Begins at BAM on Tue Jan 10

Bank of America presents
THE BRIDGE PROJECT
Produced by BAM, The Old Vic and Neal Street

RICHARD III FEATURING KEVIN SPACEY AND DIRECTED BY SAM MENDES
BEGINS PERFORMANCES AT BAM ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 10
OPENING NIGHT JANUARY 18

The final season of The Bridge Project begins at BAM on Tuesday, January 10 featuring Kevin Spacey, artistic director of The Old Vic, in the title role of Richard III. Opening night is January 18. The production runs through March 4, 2012.  Tickets are currently on sale through the BAM box office and at www.BAM.org. The Bridge Project is a unique three-year series of co-productions by BAM, The Old Vic, and Neal Street, devoted to producing large-scale, classical theater for international audiences with casts featuring actors from both the US and the UK. The Bridge Project is again directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes, with whom Kevin Spacey worked on the film American Beauty, for which they both won BAFTA and Academy Awards. 

{module ad_left_body}Richard III opened at The Old Vic in London in June 2011 and subsequently embarked on an international tour that included Epidaurus, Greece; Hong Kong; Aviles, Spain; Istanbul; Naples; San Francisco; Beijing; Singapore; Sydney; and Doha.

Led by Kevin Spacey in the role of Richard III, the company features another formidable British/American cast that includes Maureen Anderman as the Duchess of York; Haydn Gwynne as Queen Elizabeth; Chuk Iwuji as Buckingham; Gemma Jones as Queen Margaret; and Chandler Williams as George, Duke of Clarence. The complete acting company is Stephen Lee Anderson, Jeremy Bobb, Nathan Darrow, Jack Ellis, Isaiah Johnson, Andrew Long, Katherine Manners, Howard Overshown, Simon Lee Phillips , Gary Powell, Michael Rudko, Annabel Scholey, Gavin Stenhouse, and Hannah Stokely.

The American cast members are appearing with the permission of UK Equity and the British cast members are appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association, incorporating Variety Artists’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between UK Equity and American Equity. The producers gratefully acknowledge UK Equity and Actors’ Equity Association for their assistance of this production.

Kevin Spacey has appeared in The Old Vic productions Speed-the-Plow with Jeff Goldblum, National Anthems, The Philadelphia Story, and A Moon for the Misbegotten (which subsequently transferred to Broadway), as well as in Trevor Nunn’s productions of Inherit the Wind and Richard II. Previous theater includes The Iceman Cometh (Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best Actor and a Tony Award nomination) directed by Howard Davies (Almeida, The Old Vic, and Broadway); Lost in Yonkers (Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor); and  Long Day’s Journey into Night, with Jack Lemmon, directed by Jonathan Miller (Broadway and West End). He directed The Old Vic’s inaugural production of Cloaca as well as Complicit, starring Richard Dreyfuss.

Director                       Sam Mendes

Set Design                  Tom Piper

Costumes                    Catherine Zuber

Lighting                        Paul Pyant

Sound                          Gareth Fry

Projection                    Jon Driscoll

Music                          Mark Bennett

Playing schedule for the week beginning January 9 (six performances)

Tuesday at 7:30 PM

Wednesday at 7:30 PM

Thursday at 7:00 PM

Friday at 7:30 PM

Saturday at 7:30 PM

Sunday at 7:30 PM

Playing schedule beginning week of January 16 for the remainder of the run (7 performances weekly)

Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 PM
Sat at 2 & 7:30 PM
Sunday at 3PM

Bank of America is a major supporter of arts and heritage in the United States and increasingly around the world. Its support is built on a foundation of responsible business practices and good corporate citizenship that improves access to the arts and arts education in local communities nationwide. Bank of America believes that improving access to arts is critical to both the culture and economic vitality of the communities we serve. The bank’s unique program offers customers free access to more than 150 of the nation’s finest cultural institutions through its acclaimed Museums on Us® program, while Art in Our Communities shares exhibits from the bank’s corporate collection with communities across the country through local museums. In addition, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation provides philanthropic support to museums, theaters, and other arts-related nonprofits to expand their services and offerings to schools and communities. 

Bank of America is the Proud Presenting Sponsor of The Bridge Project. Leadership support for The Bridge Project is provided by The Stavros Niarchos Foundation.  Bridge Project Production Partners: Celia Atkin, John & Samantha Hunt, Donald R. Mullen Jr., Tony Randall Theatrical Fund, Jon & Nora Lee Sedmak, Carol & Ian Sellars, Scott & Kathleen Simpson, and Barbara & David Zalaznick with additional support from Remmel T. Dickinson, Sophie Hughes, Sharon E. Karmazin, and Peregrine Whittlesey.

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