King Kevin On Stage

AMERICAN ACTOR KEVIN SPACEY IS IN ISTANBUL OCTOBER 5 TO 9 TO PLAY IN WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S RICHARD THE THIRD.

If you don’t live in California you’ve got little chance of seeing a famous Hollywood actor except on television or the silver screen. Istanbulites on the other hand, or those who come to Istanbul between October 5 and 9, will have an opportunity granted to few in the world when one of Hollywood’s, and the world’s, greatest actors will be in the city for William Shakespeare’s Richard the Third.

SPACEY AND MENDES

Even if eyes will be more on Kevin Spacey and the stage, there is somebody in the director’s chair who’s sure to excite film lovers: Sam Mendes, a director who has worked with leading actors like Tom Hanks in Road to Perdition (2002) and Jake Gyllenhall in Jarhead (2006) and, even more importantly, won an Oscar for his film American Beauty (1999). It will be a rare treat this time to witness the synergy, created in an entirely different setting, between Mendes and Spacey, who took the Oscar for Best Actor in the director’s Academy Award-winning film.

Long story short, seeing an Oscar-winning actor and an Oscar-winning director pair up on the theatrical stage for a Shakespeare play has got to be a thrill beyond words for art lovers. Richard III will run for five straight nights at the Harbiye Muhsin Ertuğrul Theater, curtain time 8:30 sharp.

RICHARD III’S COLLABORATORS

Directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey, Richard III is touring the world as part of The Bridge Project. Turkish Airlines is transportation sponsor of the play, to be staged for five nights in a collaboration between the Istanbul Theater Festival and the Istanbul City Theaters.

RICHARD THE THIRD ON TOUR

The world premiere of Richard III was held in London on June 29 at the Old Vic Theater, where Kevin Spacey is artistic director. Staged in Greece, Hong Kong, and Spain before coming to Istanbul, it counts Beijing, Singapore and Sydney among its upcoming stops before going to New York’s Brooklyn Music Academy in 2012.