The Yorkshire raised son of a former actor turned vicar, Matthew Warchus was at first considering following in his father's first profession until he discovered a preference for directing while still...
Kevin Spacey is set to receive a special honour at the 2015 Olivier Awards to celebrate his contributions to the British theatre industry. The House of Cards star will wrap up his 11-year tenure as the artistic director of The Old Vic in London later this year (15), after successfully reviving the fortunes of the theatre since taking charge in 2004.
Now Olivier Awards bosses have decided to acknowledge his "extraordinary" achievements at their upcoming prizegiving by handing him the Special Award.
Caro Newling, President of the Society of London Theatre, the organisation behind the Olivier Awards, says, "The Society of London Theatre is delighted to formally acknowledge Kevin Spacey's outstanding contribution to The Old Vic.
"In general his advocacy of London theatre has been a constant boon, and many of us will miss him as a valued colleague."
Spacey will hit the stage for one more production at The Old Vic before he hands over the reins of the venue to Matthew Warchus.
He will reprise his role as pioneering 19th century American lawyer Clarence Darrow in the one-man play of the same name.
Spacey first tackled the play last year (14), selling out all 22 performances at The Old Vic, to much critical acclaim. He previously played the role of the civil rights hero in both the TV movie Darrow in 1991, as well as the 2009 Old Vic revival of Inherit The Wind.
Sting and Annie Lennox will honour Kevin Spacey's tenure at Britain's The Old Vic theatre with a special gala performance. The House of Cards actor will hand the role of artistic director to Matthew Warchus in June (15), when Spacey's limited run of one-man play Clarence Darrow ends.
Bosses at the theatre are holding a special gala evening to "recognise the extraordinary 11 years" in which the Oscar-winning actor "revived the fortunes and reputation of The Old Vic".
It will be hosted by Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville and feature appearances from Spacey's friends, including Sting and Lennox.
Bonneville says, "I'm delighted to be hosting this special event in honour of a man whose dedication to the entertainment industry and to the Old Vic in particular has been second to none."
Proceeds from the event at the theatre on 19 April (15) will go to The Old Vic Endowment Fund, which Spacey founded with businessman Sir Michael Hintze to help secure the venue's longterm future.
Spacey intends to continuing living in London after his tenure ends, telling the Radio Times magazine, "It's my home, why would I want to get away?... I'm lucky, I get to go away and have other adventures, but I do love it and there's nothing about it that I don't like - even the weather."
Actor Kevin Spacey is set to reprise his acclaimed role as Clarence Darrow, marking his last time on The Old Vic stage as the Artistic Director of the London theatre. The House of Cards star will step down from his leadership role at the iconic venue this autumn (15), after nearly 11 years at the helm, and for his swan song, Spacey will reprise his role as pioneering 19th century American lawyer Darrow in the one-man play of the same name.
Spacey first tackled the play last year (14), selling out all 22 performances at The Old Vic, to much critical acclaim.
The actor previously played the role of the civil rights hero in both the TV movie Darrow in 1991, as well as the 2009 Old Vic revival of Inherit The Wind.
Spacey announced his upcoming return to the stage in a statement which reads: "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 opens on 3 March (15) and ends on 11 April (15).
Dominic West took dance lessons for two months to perfect his role in new comedy Pride. The Wire star plays HIV-positive actor Jonathan Blake in the film, which is based on the true story of a group of lesbian and gay activists who descend on a Welsh coal mine during an industrial dispute.
In one scene, West is required to show off his fancy footwork and he enlisted a professional dance teacher to help with his moves.
The actor tells British magazine Event, "That dance was one of the most exhausting things I have ever done... It's b**ody tiring... It's a wonderful scene because my character, who's gay, is dancing to a track called Shame and the film is called Pride. It's a pivotal moment in the film... I really enjoyed learning to dance."
Actor Kevin Spacey called out an audience member in the middle of his play Clarence Darrow after a ringing cell phone interrupted a powerful monologue. The House of Cards star is in the midst of a two-and-a-half week run at The Old Vic theatre in London, and on Wednesday (04Jun14), Spacey's improvisation skills were put to the test when a ring tone interrupted him during a passionate scene.
The audience member attempted to ignore the call, prompting Spacey, who remained in character, to blurt out, "If you don't answer that, I will!" His speedy response sparked a round of applause from the crowd. The production marks the third time Spacey has played the lawyer and civil rights hero.
He took on the one-man play in celebration of his decade-long stint as the artistic director of The Old Vic. The actor will step down from the position next autumn (15) and will be replaced by director Matthew Warchus.
Director Matthew Warchus picked a Welsh singer for his new movie Pride after spotting her on a U.K. TV talent show. The film tells the story of a gay group which raised money for striking miners in Wales in the 1980s, and the moviemaker hired Bronwen Lewis to appear in a key singing scene after seeing her perform on the British version of The Voice.
Lewis failed to make it past the audition stages of the competition, but soon found herself singing on the movie set in front of a cast which includes Bill Nighy and Dominic West.
Warchus says of seeing Lewis on the TV show, "In an instant, I knew I wanted her in the film. Her voice has a beautiful quality, and I didn't know this at the time, but she's from the very area where the film's set. You could search for a year and not find someone so suited to sing (song) Bread And Roses in (Welsh village) Onllwyn."
The film was a hit with critics when it recently screened at the Cannes Film Festival in France. It is due for release in the U.K. in September (14).
Kevin Spacey has given Matthew Warchus the seal of approval after the director was handed the job of replacing the Hollywood star at the helm of London's Old Vic theatre. The Oscar winner will step down from his post as artistic director in the autumn of 2015, and Warchus, the director behind hit stage show Matilda the Musical, will take over.
Spacey, who worked with Warchus on a 2008 revival of David Mamet's play Speed-the-Plow at the London theatre, has now given his blessing to his replacement.
He says in a statement, "Matthew is a thoughtful, intuitive and highly creative director and he has rightly been applauded for his work, in particular the quality and diversity of his portfolio. I know he loves our theatre and I am delighted for our staff, our audiences and for our acting and production communities that he will be its next guardian."
Warchus adds, "I am excited and honoured to be following Kevin's galvanising tenure at this wonderful building. He has re-established The Old Vic as a globally important theatre and I look forward to continuing to develop it as a hub of invigorating creativity."
Cyndi Lauper's new Broadway musical Kinky Boots has scooped seven prizes at the 2013 BroadwayWorld.com Awards, which are voted for by the public. The pop star's stage show dominated the online event, landing Lauper a Best Score honour and castmates Billy Porter and Annaleigh Ashforf Best Leading Actor and Actress in a Musical awards.
The play, which is up for 13 Tony Awards at Sunday's (09Jun13) prestigious ceremony, also earned top accolades for Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Orchestrations and Best Sound Design of a Musical.
Matilda was another big winner, scoring five awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical for Matthew Warchus.
Scottish actor Alan Cumming also had reason to celebrate - his one-man take on Shakespeare classic Macbeth was named Best Revival of a Play, while he was honoured for Best Leading Actor in a Play and John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg landed Best Direction of a Play.
Thanking fans for their support, he took to Twitter.com to write, "Thanks so much to everyone who voted for me and @MacbethBroadway in the @broadwayworld awards! The people have spoken!"
Meanwhile, Bette Midler was voted Best Leading Actress in a Play for I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, and Pippin's Terrence Man and Patina Miller were awarded the Best Featured Actor/Actress in a Musical titles, respectively.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sutton Foster took the stage together. No, they haven't teamed up for a Broadway show, a new television series, or a Modern Family/Bunheads crossover (which would be awesome). But the theater-loving stars came together Tuesday to announce the nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards. (They are the hosts for this year's show, after all, so it only made sense that these two would have the honors of making the big announcement.)
Check out which plays and actors are nominated for Tony Awards for their work on the stage this year.
2013 Tony Awards Nominations:
Best Play:The Assembled PartyLucky GuyThe Testament of MaryVanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Best Musical:Bring It On: The MusicalKinky BootsMatilda The MusicalA Christmas Story, The Musical
Best Book of a Musical:A Christmas Story, The MusicalKinky BootsMatilda The MusicalRodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Best Revival of a Play:Golden BoyOrphans The Trip to BountifulWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Revival of a Musical: AnnieThe Mystery of Edwin DroodPippinRodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Laurie Metcalf, The Other PlaceAmy Morton, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeHolland Taylor, AnnCicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Tom Hanks, Lucky GuyNathan Lane, The NanceTracy Letts, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeTom Sturridge, Orphans
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: A Christmas Story, The Musical Music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Hands on a Hardbody Music: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green Lyrics: Amanda Green Kinky Boots Music & Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper Matilda The Musical Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Stephanie J. Block, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Carolee Carmello, Scandalous Valisia LeKae, Motown The Musical Patina Miller, Pippin Laura Osnes, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Bertie Carvel, Matilda The Musical Santino Fontana, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella Rob McClure, Chaplin Billy Porter, Kinky Boots Stark Sands, Kinky Boots
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Carrie Coon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Shalita Grant, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Judith Ivey, The Heiress Judith Light, The Assembled Parties Condola Rashad, The Trip to Bountiful
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:Danny Burstein, Golden Boy Richard Kind, The Big Knife Billy Magnussen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Tony Shalhoub, Golden Boy Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:Annaleigh Ashford, Kinky Boots Victoria Clark, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella Andrea Martin, Pippin Keala Settle, Hands on a Hardbody
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:Charl Brown, Motown The Musical Keith Carradine, Hands on a Hardbody Will Chase, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Gabriel Ebert, Matilda The Musical Terrence Mann, Pippin
Best Costume Design of a Play: Soutra Gilmour, Cyrano de Bergerac Ann Roth, The Nance Albert Wolsky, The Heiress Catherine Zuber, Golden Boy
Best Costume Design of a Musical: Gregg Barnes, Kinky Boots Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical Dominique Lemieux, Pippin William Ivey Long, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Best Direction of a Play:Pam MacKinnon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nicholas Martin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Bartlett Sher, Golden Boy George C. Wolfe, Lucky Guy
Best Direction of a Musical:Scott Ellis, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots Diane Paulus, Pippin Matthew Warchus, Matilda The Musical
Best Choreography:Andy Blankenbuehler, Bring It On: The Musical Peter Darling, Matilda The Musical Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots Chet Walker, Pippin
Best Orchestrations:Chris Nightingale, Matilda The Musical Stephen Oremus, Kinky Boots Ethan Popp & Bryan Crook, Motown The Musical Danny Troob, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Best Scenic Design of a Play:John Lee Beatty, The Nance Santo Loquasto, The Assembled Parties David Rockwell, Lucky Guy Michael Yeargan, Golden Boy
Best Scenic Design of a Musical:Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical Anna Louizos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Scott Pask, Pippin David Rockwell, Kinky Boots
Best Lighting Design of a Play: Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy Donald Holder, Golden Boy Jennifer Tipton, The Testament of Mary Japhy Weideman, The Nance
Best Lighting Design of a Musical:Kenneth Posner, Kinky Boots Kenneth Posner, Pippin Kenneth Posner, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella Hugh Vanstone, Matilda The Musical
Best Sound Design of a Play:John Gromada, The Trip to Bountiful Mel Mercier, The Testament of Mary Leon Rothenberg, The Nance Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg, Golden Boy
Best Sound Design of a Musical:Jonathan Deans & Garth Helm, Pippin Peter Hylenski, Motown The Musical John Shivers, Kinky Boots Nevin Steinberg, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre:Bernard GerstenPaul LibinMing Cho Lee
Regional Theatre Award:Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA
Isabelle Stevenson Award:Larry Kramer
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre:Career Trainsition For DancersWilliam CraverPeter LawrenceThe Lost ColonyThe four actresses who created the title role of Matilda The Musical on Broadway: Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, and Milly Shapiro
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The West End production took home Best New Musical, Best Director (Matthew Warchus), Best Actor in a Musical (Bertie Carvel), and Best Actress in a Musical, presented jointly to the four child stars who share the title role.
Eleanor Worthington-Cox, who at 10 years old became the youngest Olivier Award winner, said of her win, "That's pretty cool. Scary. But I find that pretty amazing."
Matilda also swept the technical categories for choreography, set design and sound design.
The trophy for Mastercard Best Play went to John Hodge's Collaborators, and taking home the prize for Best Actor were Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, who alternated the roles of scientist and creature in Danny Boyle's Frankenstein.
Ruth Wilson saw off competition from the likes of Kristen Scott Thomas and Celia Imrie to land Best Actress for her performance in Anna Christie.
The cast of Les Miserables was handed the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award, while Anna Christie was named Best Revival and Crazy for You was the Best Musical Revival.
The Olivier Awards, which celebrate the best of the year's British stage shows, was hosted by Sweeney Todd co-stars Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball at London's Royal Opera House.
Matilda The Musical's big evening eclipsed the previous record set in 1980 by Nicholas Nickleby when it brought home six trophies.
Staged the rarely produced Ben Jonson play "Sejanus his Fall" in Edinburgh
Staged "The Unexpected Man" Off-Broadway with Eileen Atkins and Alan Bates
After college, worked for two years as associate director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse
Directed Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy of plays "The Norman Conquests" and Yasmina Reza's "God of Carnage" on Broadway; earned Tony nominations for both plays
Restaged "Art" on Broadway; production won Tony Award for Best Play; earned a Tony nomination for direction
Directed Alex Jennings and Susannah York in "Hamlet" at London's Barbican Theatre
Directed the stage adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings" at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Directed the Broadway production of "Life (x) 3" with Helen Hunt and John Turturro
Directed Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" at the Royal Shakespeare Company
Staged the Roundabout Theater's Broadway revival of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical "Follies"
Assumed position of artistic director of the Old Vic (January)
Feature film directorial debut "Simpatico"; also contributed to screenplay adaptation from Sam Shepard's play
Re-teamed with Yasmina Reza on "The Unexpected Man" in London
Directed "True West" on Broadway with Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C Reilly alternating the two lead roles; received a Tony nomination for Best Direction
Staged a production of "Boeing Boeing" at London's Comedy Theatre; production moved to Broadway in 2008; earned a Tony nomination for Best Direction
Staged Yasmina Reza's three-character play "Art" in London
Directed "Troilus and Cressida" for the English National Opera
West End directing debut, "Much Ado About Nothing"
Directed David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" with Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum
Directed Sam Shepard's "True West" at the Donmar Warehouse
The Yorkshire raised son of a former actor turned vicar, Matthew Warchus was at first considering following in his father's first profession until he discovered a preference for directing while still a college student. Shortly after graduating from the University of Bristol, he created a bit of a stir with his staging of "Sejanus: His Fall", an obscure Ben Jonson play. Warchus then returned to his native area and served two years as associate director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse, proving equally effective as a director of plays (e.g., "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?") and musicals (e.g., "Fiddler on the Roof"). In 1992, he made his West End debut as director of "Much Ado About Nothing" and subsequently attracted further attention with his interpretation of Sam Shepard's seminal work "True West" at the Donmar Warehouse in 1994.
Married in January 2002; she appeared in his Broadway production of "Follies" (2001)