Kevin Spacey was the toast of the New York theatre scene on Monday night (10Jan11) as he was honoured for his contribution to the arts at a special gala.
The actor, who has worked as artistic director of The Old Vic Theatre Company in London since 2003, was guest of honour at The Players Club event in Manhattan, where he was presented with the Edwin Booth Lifetime Achievement Award by his The Ref co-star Denis Leary.
The award is named after the club's founder, actor Edwin Booth, who created The Players in 1888.
John Martello, executive director of The Players, says in a statement, "The Players Foundation for Theatre Education is an organisation devoted to promoting the arts and its ability to enrich lives. Kevin’s work thus far as an actor, director, producer, singer, patron of the arts, and educator is the embodiment of everything Edwin Booth did and the Players Foundation and the Club still do strive to represent."