Sting and Annie Lennox will honour Kevin Spacey's tenure at Britain's The Old Vic theatre with a special gala performance.

The House of Cards actor will hand the role of artistic director to Matthew Warchus in June (15), when Spacey's limited run of one-man play Clarence Darrow ends.

Bosses at the theatre are holding a special gala evening to "recognise the extraordinary 11 years" in which the Oscar-winning actor "revived the fortunes and reputation of The Old Vic".

It will be hosted by Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville and feature appearances from Spacey's friends, including Sting and Lennox.

Bonneville says, "I'm delighted to be hosting this special event in honour of a man whose dedication to the entertainment industry and to the Old Vic in particular has been second to none."

Proceeds from the event at the theatre on 19 April (15) will go to The Old Vic Endowment Fund, which Spacey founded with businessman Sir Michael Hintze to help secure the venue's longterm future.

Spacey intends to continuing living in London after his tenure ends, telling the Radio Times magazine, "It's my home, why would I want to get away?... I'm lucky, I get to go away and have other adventures, but I do love it and there's nothing about it that I don't like - even the weather."