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Kevin Spacey with a third performance in Epidaurus

09 July 2011 / 16:07:52  GRReporter
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Finally there will be a third play of "Richard III” by William Shakespeare with Kevin Spacey in the leading role. It will take place in the ancient Epidaurus Theatre, Sunday, July 31. The high demand was obvious from the first hours of the ticket sale for the play on July 29 and 30, which started yesterday, Friday - July 8. For a few hours all seats were sold. VIP tickets are 50 Euros, and the rest vary between 40, 30 and 20 euros, depending on the seat and discount tickets are available for 10 euros. The play is three hour long. 

Festival President George Loukos had predicted such developments in his talks with the British production and a condition was set that if all tickets are sold out, there will be a play on Sunday as well. 

Ticket sale for the show on July 31 will start on Tuesday, July 12, 09:00 o’clock in the morning. 

The Bridge Project performance, which premiered in London on June 18 and excited audiences and critics, will be back in London after Athens, and will end its world tour in early 2012 in New York. 

The British press welcomes with dithyrambs the premiere of "Richard III” by William Shakespeare, whose director is Sam Mendes. 

"This Richard the Third will make the deepest imprint in our memories from the period of Kevin Spacey in Old Vic”. 

Here you can see the first viewer’s reactions after the premiere of the play: 

  
In the version of Sam Mendes, Richard lives in the modern era and becomes the archetype of the ruler. As the “Guardian” newspaper writes, “Spacey does not reject the interpretation of Olivier, who represented Richard as satanic joker - as done by Antony Sher and Ian McKellen in the past. What is offered to us is a variety of delicate shades: On one hand, his instinctively comic brio, and on the other his self-destruction." In this magnificent production "Spacey confirms that he belongs to the great, classic tradition of the theater", the critics end. 

The diligence and dedication with which Kevin Spacey always acts, leads to remarkable results. 

As regards to the choice of Richard III, they have chosen him after numerous conversations with Mendes, with whom Spacey works for the first time in the film “American beauty” (and wins an Oscar for Best Actor). 

"Sam and I talked a lot for the last two years about which production to do", the actor said. "There were many options. Ultimately we chose Richard the Third. One reason was that I played Richard the Second for three years in the Old Vic and therefore wanted something different. Richard the Third is one of Shakespeare’s major, iconic characters but also the second biggest role after Hamlet ", added Spacey. 

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