|Kevin Spacey getting a standing ovation|
The hotel's general manager told us he would be back in the Lion City the same time next year to do a play and probably stay in the same hotel.
Fast forward a few months later I saw a flyer advertising Shakespeare's Richard III with Spacey directed by Sam Mendes coming to Hong Kong for three days.
So I immediately got tickets and saw the matinee performance today.
|Spacey is surrounded by the cast as he bows to the audience|
Nevertheless Spacey was brilliant as the humpbacked devious -- no -- evil -- Richard, Duke of Gloucester. He really was the epitome of evil and cunning who did whatever he needed to do to become king, even if it meant killing brothers, nephews, sister-in-law and aides.
His character talks to the audience a lot, seeing them as co-conspirators even though we may not agree with his actions, and there is a lot of humour sprinkled throughout the lines, some witty, others used to comic effect.
Perhaps the best part was when Richard was trying to build consensus with the public about him becoming king and he pretends to be meditating in church with two monks. He is broadcast on a screen as he talks directly to the camera behind the stage, while the Duke of Buckingham rouses the crowd (us the audience) for support.
The ending was also quite dramatic with remorse finally catching up to King Richard and we see the mental anguish he experiences before the final showdown with Lord Stanley in a pretty good sword fight.
|A strong cast and excellent staging make Richard III excellent|
It was also great to see many black actors on the stage too, making the play colour blind and demonstrating an actor is a good actor regardless of his appearance.
In the end the cast got a standing ovation and in particular Spacey. After such a physical and emotional role he had to do it all again in less than two hours for the 8pm show!
They have two more performances tomorrow before they move on to Spain at the end of the month, then Istanbul and Beijing. Here's the schedule.
And yes they'll be in Singapore in mid November. Check him out if he comes to a city near you!