Project bridges Spacey and SF

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Kevin Spacey and Haydn Gwynne in the Bridge Project’s Richard III, coming to the Curran Theatre as part of the SHN season. Photo by Manuel Harlan

The Bridge Project, that transatlantic experiment in blending American and English actors and designers is slowly wending its way to a close after three seasons. The final lap of the project, a collaboration between the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The Old Vic in London and director Sam Mendes‘ production company, is Shakespeare’s Richard III starring The Old Vic’s artistic director, a dude named Kevin Spacey.

Neither Spacey nor Mendes made himself available to the press to promote the San Francisco stop on the R3 world tour, so I wrote a feature for the San Francisco Chronicle about the Bridge Project itself.

Read the story here.

SHN is now employing “dynamic pricing,” which boosts ticket prices when there’s high demand. For example, the night after R3 opens – we’re talking about Thursday, Oct. 20 – most available orchestra seats are – gulp – $400. Seats in the very back of the orchestra are $175. Spacey is great and all, but that’s a lot of money for three hours and 20 minutes of evil king.

Here’s a glimpse of Spacey and company at work.


Richard III continues a short run Oct. 19 through Oct. 29 at the Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St., San Francisco. Tickets are $35-$400. Call (888) 746-1799 or visit

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