Actor Kevin Spacey is heading back to the London stage to reprise a character he first portrayed over two decades ago in Tv movie Darrow.

The House of Cards star will play pioneering 19th century American lawyer Clarence Darrow in a one-man play at The Old Vic venue, marking his 10th anniversary as the theatre's artistic director.

Spacey also tackled the role of Darrow in a 2009 Old Vic revival of Inherit The Wind.

A statement issued by the actor reads: "I am thrilled to be returning to The Old Vic stage, for the first time performing in the round, such an exciting transformation of our Old Vic space for actors and audiences alike.

"As I celebrate ten years at the helm of this very special theatre it feels great to be returning to the character of Clarence Darrow, whom I played both onstage in Inherit the Wind and 22 years ago in the Pbs film Darrow, directed by one of my House of Cards collaborators, John Coles."

Clarence Darrow, which will begin previews in late May (14), was announced as part of The Old Vic's summer/autumn (14) line-up, which also includes a production of Electra, based on the Greek tragedy by Sophocles and starring Kristin Scott Thomas, and a "visceral re-imagining" of Arthur Miller play The Crucible, directed by Yael Farber.

Spacey is set to step down as The Old Vic's artistic director next year (15).