By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com January 24 2003 1:00 AM ET
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey will show off his vocal talents alongside Sir Elton John at a fund-raiser for a historic London theater, organizers announced Thursday. The pair will perform a duet on some of John's hit songs at a February 5 benefit for the Old Vic. John is chairman of the Old Vic Theatre Trust, which bought the 185-year-old theater in 1998 when it was in danger of closing. Built in 1818, the Old Vic was for generations the proving ground of British actors and is the former home of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company. But the venue has struggled to forge an identity for itself since the trust took it over from Canadian owners Ed and David Mirvish five years ago.
Spacey, who starred in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh at the Old Vic in 1998, is a board member of the trust. In November 2001 he performed the Beatles' "Hey Jude" at the Old Vic during a tribute to victims of the September 11 terrorist attack. The benefit will also feature Sinead O'Connor, rising British star Ms. Dynamite, Sharleen Spiteri from Scottish band Texas, Lulu, Canadian jazz star Diana Krall, and her new partner, Elvis Costello. All will perform hits by Elton John. Tickets cost between £250 (U.S. $400) and £1,000.