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Interview: the play’s the thing

Trevor Nunn and Kevin Spacey discuss their latest collaboration and why critics don’t know what they’re talking about

By John Nathan   October 2009

In rehearsal: Trevor Nunn (left) directs Kevin Spacey in a new production of Inherit the Wind at the Old Vic

Trevor Nunn was artistic director of the RSC for 18 years and artistic director of the National Theatre for six years. Kevin Spacey has been artistic director of the Old Vic since 2003. They first collaborated in 2005, when Nunn directed Spacey as Shakespeare’s Richard II at the Old Vic to great acclaim. The play was viewed as a breakthrough for Spacey’s directorship after a poorly received first season. This year, they are collaborating for the second time, with Nunn…

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