A British theatre boss has defended the decision to appoint Kevin Spacey artistic director of London's Old Vic Theatre, despite disappointing reviews during his first year in charge.

Critics have questioned Spacey's choice of programming, offering unfavourable reviews to plays CLOACA and NATIONAL ANTHEMS.

But theatre owner SALLY GREENE has praised the OSCAR winner's work, commending him particularly for his success attracting a younger audience to the theatre.

She says, "I haven't taken the slightest bit of notice. Kevin's the artistic director he chooses. I really go by his taste. And to be honest, when I read Cloaca and National Anthems, I thought they were great plays.

"Kevin is going to do RICHARD II here in September, with Trevor Nunn directing. It's going to be fabulous."

03/05/2005 17:18