By Tim Masters
Arts and entertainment correspondent, with additional reporting from Natalie Jamieson
20 April 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Kevin Spacey has been artistic director at the Old Vic from 2003 to 2015
Stars of the acting world have paid tribute to Kevin Spacey at a gala event at the Old Vic as he steps down as artistic director.
Many spoke of Spacey’s “incredible” work in revitalising the London venue during his 11 years in charge.
Guests at Sunday’s event included Downton stars Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern, Jeremy Irons, Eddie Izzard and singer Beverley Knight.
There were also musical tributes from Sting and Annie Lennox.
Sting performed two songs including Every Breath You Take, while Lennox’s set featured No More I Love Yous and Here Comes the Rain Again.
Sting performed two sings at the gala event
In his closing speech, Spacey referred to the Old Vic’s lack of government subsidy wondered why the theatre was not treated as “a national treasure”.
He also said the “best thing about the Old Vic is its future”.
There were recorded tributes from James Bond director Sam Mendes, former US president Bill Clinton and singer Elton John.
During his time at the Old Vic, Spacey has directed two productions and starred in nine – including an acclaimed version of Richard III.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment