Hollywood actor-turned-theatre director Kevin Spacey has installed an 'autograph' flap at London's Old Vic theatre, so he can safely meet and greet fans following performances there.

Since becoming artistic director at the historic venue, Spacey's celebrity has drawn huge crowds to watch his plays. He is currently performing in SHAKESPEARE's RICHARD II - bringing even more theatre fans keen to catch him in action. Many of whom pack the stage door desperate for a glimpse of the star or his autograph.

The scale of his support has grown so much he has now fitted a clever contraption that allows him to reach out to the crowd and grab programmes and scraps of paper to sign without greeting fans in person.

A source tells London newspaper the Evening Standard, "The flap was installed last week. Kevin loves it. He signs autographs between 10.30pm and 10.45pm. Not only does it make autograph-signing much less hassle but he also feels safer as he doesn't have to open the stage door."

Last year (04) Spacey was mugged for his mobile phone while walking his dog near the theatre in the early hours of the morning.