Actor Kevin Spacey is seeking public money for his OLD VIC theatre in London - because his last play CLOACA failed to generate enough cash to cover the building's renovation costs.

The Usual Suspects actor, who is the venue's artistic director, needs to raise funds to repair the bomb-damaged roof hit during the Second World War.

The Old Vic's chief executive SALLY GREENE told Members of Parliament on the Culture Select Committee yesterday (8FEB05) they borrowed money to save the theatre when it was about to become a lap-dancing club in 1988 - but revenue from their current show NATIONAL ANTHEMS is scarcely enough to make the repayments.

09/02/2005 14:07