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Inherit the Wind at the Old Vic

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London theatre is the place to see the stars at the moment. Following appearances from the likes of Sir Ian McKellan and Jude Law over the summer, Anna Friel, Michael Gambon and er, Matt Lucas are all scheduled to appear in the West End in the next few months.

But probably the most exciting new show in town is the one featuring Londonís ever present A-lister, Kevin Spacey. Spacey (you might remember him from such films as American Beauty and The Usual Suspects) is artistic director of the Old Vic on Londonís Southbank. And from 18 October heíll be starring there himself, in the Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee play Inherit the Wind.

Inherit the Wind is a fictionalised account of the 1925 Scopes Monkey trial. The trial saw John Scopes, a teacher from Tennesee, prosecuted for teaching Darwinís theory of evolution. At the time this was an offence under state law, though natural selection has since seen the law repealed.

Though the play is loosely based on the trial, it was written in 1955 at the height of McCarthyism. This atmosphere of conspiracy heavily colours they play, and turns into a parable for the anti-Communist witch-hunting of the time. Plenty to think about then.

Spacey will play defence lawyer Henry Drummond, but heís not the only big name involved. The show is directed by the much decorated Trevor Nunn, whose last major production, Gone With the Wind, was pulled after just 79 performances but many more scathing reviews. His CV is not one of a man who stays down for long however, so fireworks should be expected.

With a limited run, two legends of the theatre, and prices starting at just £17.50, tickets wonít last long. Book soon or miss out.
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Why? A legendary actor and director get together
When: 18 September - 20 December
Where: The Old Vic Theatre, Southbank
Cost: £17.50 - £54.50
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