By Jeff Labrecque
Updated December 01, 2010 at 04:10 PM EST

Kevin Spacey will star as Richard III in Sam Mendes’ production of the Shakespeare classic. The show will open on June 29 at the Old Vic, where Spacey is the artistic director, and then play at BAM in New York in early 2012. “I am absolutely delighted to be working with Kevin again for the first time since American Beauty,” Mendes said in a statement announcing the play. “Richard III is a play I love, and a role I think Kevin is born to play.”