OMG, OMG, Kevin Spacey IS King Richard III! Shakespeare is Coming to Our Curran Theatre October 19-29!

Well, this is going to be huge, that’s all I’m going to say…

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“SHN Announces
The San Francisco Engagement of

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

RICHARD III
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DIRECTED BY SAM MENDES

FEATURING ACADEMY AWARD-WINNER
KEVIN SPACEY
IN THE TITLE ROLE

Co-commissioned by and produced in association with Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Centro Niemeyer Spain, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Istanbul Theatre Festival (IKSV) & Istanbul Municipal Theatres, Kay & McLean Productions, Singapore Repertory Theatre and SHN – Carole Shorenstein Hays and Robert Nederlander.

Curran Theatre – October 19 – 29

SAN FRANCISCO (August 8, 2011)…. SHN is delighted to announce the arrival of RICHARD III by William Shakespeare, featuring Kevin Spacey and directed by Sam Mendes, coming to San Francisco this Fall. The Curran Theatre is the only U.S venue, other than BAM in New York, to host this landmark event. Tickets for RICHARD III go on public sale Friday, August 19.

Known for carefully curated Bay Area-only theater experiences, SHN is expecting the show to be a highlight of the 2011 season.

“This is a really big deal for us, and for San Francisco,” says Carole Shorenstein Hays. “People will recognize the combination of Spacey and Mendes from American Beauty; now they’re interpreting one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays for a modern audience. It should be an amazing experience.”

RICHARD III places San Francisco on a roster of 11 locations around the world that have been chosen to host the production, including: London, Epidaurus, Hong Kong, Aviles, Spain, Istanbul, Beijing, Singapore, Sydney and New York. The Bridge Project’s production of RICHARD III is currently playing to sold out crowds at London’s Old Vic Theatre.

See interviews and sneak peek of RICHARD III in London at http://www.youtube.com/user/OldVicTheatre#p/u 

Ever more deets after the jump

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. Bank of America is the proud presenting sponsor of The Bridge Project. The final season of The Bridge Project featuring Kevin Spacey, Artistic Director of The Old Vic, in the title role of Richard III, opened at The Old Vic in London on June 29, 2011. The Bridge Project is 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.

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 Duke of Buckingham; Gemma Jones as Queen Margaret; and Chandler Williams as George, Duke of Clarence.

Kevin Spacey has previously appeared in The Old Vic productions Speed-the-Plow with Jeff Goldblum, National Anthems, The Philadelphia Story, A Moon for the Misbegotten (which subsequently transferred to Broadway), and 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 Tony Award nomination) directed by Howard Davies (Almeida, The Old Vic, and Broadway), Lost in Yonkers (Tony Award, Best Supporting Actor), 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 Cloaca and directed Complicit starring Richard Dreyfuss.

Award-winning actress Maureen Anderman has worked extensively on Broadway in productions of Othello, Moonchildren (for which she won the Theater World Award), The Lady from Dubuque (Tony Award nomination), Social Security, and Driving Miss Daisy. Haydn Gwynne was last on stage in the West End as Mrs. Wilkinson in Billy Elliot The Musical, a role she recreated on Broadway, winning the Drama Desk, Outer Critics’Circle, and Theater World Awards, and garnering a Tony Award nomination. Her other theater credits include Merry Wives of Windsor, Peer Gynt, Twelfth Night, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (all RSC); The Memory of Water (Hampstead); and most recently Becky Shaw (Almeida). Her television work includes Drop the Dead Donkey, Sherlock, and Rome. Chuk Iwuji won an Olivier Award in 2009 for his performance in The Histories (RSC) and recently appeared in The Misanthrope (West End) and Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre). Gemma Jones’ numerous stage credits include Anthony Page’s production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Family Reunion (Donmar), The Masterbuilder, and Michael Blakemore’s Ride Down Mount Morgan, both in the West End. She has appeared in Whistle and I’ll Come to You with John Hurt and Spooks, both BBC, and can be seen in three of the hugely successful Harry Potter films and the forthcoming film Hysteria, alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy. Chandler Williams’ work on Broadway includes In The Next Room, Mary Stuart, and Translations. He has appeared in the popular CBS television series The Good Wife and his film credits include Kinsey and Public Enemies.

The production will play international engagements at the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Spain’s Centro Niemeyer, Istanbul Theatre Festival (IKSV) & Istanbul Municipal Theatres, SHN’s Curran Theatre in San Francisco, The National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Singapore Repertory Theatre, Star City Lyric Theatre, Sydney and BAM’s Harvey Theater in New York.

RICHARD III credits:
Director – Sam Mendes
Set Design – Tom Piper
Costume Design – Catherine Zuber
Lighting – Paul Pyant
Projection – Jon Driscoll
Sound – Gareth Fry
Music – Mark Bennett
Music Coordinator & Director – Curtis Moore
Fight Director – Terry King
Artistic Associate – Gaye Taylor Upchurch
Casting – Maggie Lunn & Daniel Swee

TICKETS:
Tickets for RICHARD III go on sale Friday, August 19 and range in price from $35-$150, subject to change. Groups of 15 or more call Group Sales at 888 SHN 1799 or visit http://shnsf.com/groupsales.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE OCTOBER 19 – OCTOBER 29: 
Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 PM
Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM
Sunday at 3 PM

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