Spacey Snaps As Phone Rings During Solo Show
An audience member who let their phone ring during the opening night of Kevin Spacey's one-man show found themselves being reprimanded by the Oscar-winner.
The House Of Cards actor is starring in the legal drama Clarence Darrow to celebrate the end of his 10 years as artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London.
The story focuses on Darrow, a pioneering 19th century lawyer, reliving some of the experiences which lead him to become a courtroom giant and civil rights hero.
It was during a scene where Spacey's character is on trial that the mobile phone began to ring.
As the music increased in volume and the phone's owner continued to pretend it wasn't happening, Spacey was forced to say, in character: "If you don't answer that, I will!"
He received a round of applause.
Spacey earned a standing ovation for his performance in the round at the theatre and critics described him as "spellbinding".
The 54-year-old has played the character before, on stage in Inherit The Wind and 22 years ago in the PBS film Darrow.
He said: "Clarence Darrow was a unique and courageous man. Several of my favourite actors have played Darrow ... Henry Fonda, Orson Welles and Spencer Tracy.
"Wanting to get up on my beloved Old Vic stage in our 10th anniversary season was also important to me. And taking on a play that I feel very close to seems right.
"Finally, throw in that I've never done a one-man play, or performed in the round before, and this production offered me two firsts. Plus, you know I love a challenge."
Spacey, who has appeared in several Old Vic productions during his decade's tenure, including Richard III and The Philadelphia Story, is stepping down as artistic director at the end of this year.
He will be replaced by Matthew Warchus.