Kevin Spacey’s Darrow recalled to the bar at The Old Vic

Kevin Spacey in Clarence Darrow.  Photo Manuel Harlan
Kevin Spacey in Clarence Darrow. Photo Manuel Harlan

Kevin Spacey is returning to the iconic role of Clarence Darrow at London’s Old Vic following his sell-out and critically acclaimed run last year.

It will be Spacey’s last time on The Old Vic stage as the theatre’s artistic director.

In David Rintel’s compelling one man play, the larger-than-life Darrow, with his legendary wit, relives some of his pivotal cases, including the infamous Scopes ‘Monkey’ and ‘Thrill Killers’
trials which established his reputation as a courtroom giant and civil rights hero.

Kevin Spacey’s performance was widely praised as a tour de force, and this production is back having only run for just over two weeks in 2014.

He said: “As my time at the helm of The Old Vic is drawing to a close, it felt the right choice to bring back Clarence Darrow.

“I had such a short run with the production last year and
so many didn’t get the chance to see it, that it felt like a great opportunity to do a longer run.

“Clarence Darrow is a role I’ve gotten to play three different times – in a 1992 film about his life, as the lawyer Drummond in Inherit the Wind and finally in the marvellous David Rintel’s
one-man play, Clarence Darrow, last year.

“Perhaps it is true what they say, if you do something long enough you just might get good at it.

“I look forward to sharing Darrow’s remarkable, inspiring life one more time in London, as we build toward the excitement of
Matthew Warchus taking on the role of artistic director at our beloved Old Vic.”

Clarence Darrow previews from March 3 and runs until April 11.

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