Sting to Perform at Old Vic Gala Celebration honouring Kevin Spacey...

February 24, 2015

Join the Old Vic Theatre on Sunday 19 April for a one-night-only Gala Celebration to honour Kevin Spacey and recognise his extraordinary 11 years as Artistic Director. This spectacular event, hosted by Hugh Bonneville, will bring together a host of Spacey’s theatrical friends and colleagues, including musical performances from Annie Lennox and Sting.

Kevin Spacey revived the fortunes and reputation of The Old Vic when he became Artistic Director in 2003 and, as an actor, Kevin has delighted audiences on our stage and around the world. Through his inspirational leadership, he has put The Old Vic back at the heart of London theatre and secured its reputation on the international stage. His commitment to Old Vic New Voices, our mentoring programme for emerging talent, and our education and community work, has made a real difference to the lives of 100,000 young people and local residents in one of London’s most deprived boroughs.

All proceeds from the evening will go to The Old Vic Endowment Fund, co-chaired by Kevin Spacey and Sir Michael Hintze. The fund has been established to help secure the future of The Old Vic as a major producing house, whilst sustaining and developing our historic listed building for generations of theatre audiences to come.

This unmissable, glittering Gala will honour the actor, director and producer’s extraordinary contribution to The Old Vic and to British theatre, and can be experienced live at The Old Vic or at the live screening at the BFI Southbank.

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Feb 21, 2015

It was a night of miracle and wonder as two of the world's top artists shared a stage under the stars in a concert that often soared to magical levels. A sell-out audience paid up to $500 a ticket to see Paul Simon and Sting perform their - and each others - enduring songs at Sir James Mitchell Park. Early in the set the mutual respect between the pair was obvious as they launched into two of their timeless classics, sharing lyrics and bouncing off each other during Simon's Boy In The Bubble and Sting’s moving Fields of Gold. But it was their interpretations of each other’s songs that made the night so memorable, first with Simon's take on Fragile, followed by Sting (aka an Englishman in South Perth) returning the favour on America. Hearing two of the most iconic voices of the past half century reimagining each other's work made for a inspired partnership...

Feb 20, 2015

Evoking memories of the clip for Paul Simon's You Can Call Me Al, where Chevy Chase towered over the singer and mimed the lyrics to his song, Sting is a full head taller than Simon as they stroll on to the Hope Estate stage. But that's where the comparison ends. No one can steal Simon's thunder, not even when he scripts it. The man, small of stature and of few words, pens and delivers lyrics with a quiet earnestness that commands attention. In Simon and Garfunkel, the haunting beauty of the harmonies and the considered accompanying musicianship transformed simple, heartfelt folk songs into a soundtrack for many a fan's life. This was the case for Sting, who told the crowd: "I'm sure I'm not the only one to have Paul Simon as a soundtrack to their life."