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Kevin Spacey returns to the role of pioneering lawyer Clarence Darrow after the critically acclaimed Old Vic Production of Inherit the Wind and the PBS film Darrow. Thea Sharrock directs him in Rintels’ compelling one man tour-de-force in which the larger than life Darrow with his legendary wit relives some of his pivotal experiences, including the infamous Scopes ‘Monkey’ and ‘Thrill Killers’ trials which established his reputation as a courtroom giant and civil rights hero.

Pioneering lawyer Clarence Darrow relives some of the pivotal moments that established his reputation as a courtroom giant and a civil rights hero, including the Infamous Scopes 'Monkey' and 'Thrill Killers' trials. Kevin Spacey returns to the role of Darrow after the critically acclaimed Old Vic Production of Inherit the Wind and the OBS film Darrow. Spacey previously appeared in The Old Vic’s productions Richard III, 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 theatre 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. He is currently starring as Francis Underwood in the Netflix series House of Cards. 

Directing this one man tour-de-force is Thea Sharrock, who won the James Menzies-Kitchin young director of the year award in 2000, making her directorial debut with a production of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls which transferred to the West End and toured the UK twice. Shortly thereafter, Sharrock was made Britain's youngest Artistic Director when she took over the Southwark Playhouse for three years, and following that became the Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill. Her wide-ranging and already impressive credits include, directing Cause Célèbre at The Old Vic in 2011 with Anne-Marie Duff, productions at the Almeida, the Donmar, and the National Theatre. Her credits also extend to the West End with Equus, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths (also broadway), The Misanthrope with Keira Knightly, Heroes with John Hurt, and much more. Sharrock won eight major awards for her production of After the Dance for the National Theatre. She is currently directing Miranda Hart in her arena tour for 2014. She is delighted to be returning to The Old Vic where she has been an Associate since 2011. 

David W Rintels is an award-winning writer. His accolades include the Writers Guild of America Award for the Outstanding Dramatic Script in 1970 and in 1971 the American Bar Association Gavel Award, he was also nominated for an Emmy that same year. Utilising his background in Law, Rintels has written extensively for many legal series on television including The Defenders, Slattery’s People, The Senator and The Young Lawyers.


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Old Vic TheatreThe Cut, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8NB