Kevin Spacey's Old Vic Successor Is Announced
Kevin Spacey will be succeeded by stage director Matthew Warchus as artistic director of the Old Vic Theatre in London after 10 years in the role.
The Hollywood actor said he "couldn't be happier" that his friend will take the reins from next autumn.
Warchus' works include the hit musical Matilda and a celebrated production of Speed-The-Plow, which starred Spacey and Jeff Goldblum.
Spacey said: "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 has mounted more than 70 productions in London and on Broadway, ranging through new works, classics, musicals and operas, and he already has an association with the Old Vic having revived Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests there, in addition to Speed-The-Plow
Warchus said: "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."
His film Pride, about a group of gay activists supporting striking miners in 1984, is released in September.
Spacey opens in his one-man show Clarence Darrow at the Old Vic next week.