Kenneth Branagh has been tipped to take over the role as Artistic Director at The Old Vic theatre in London.
Actor Kevin Spacey has held the position since 2003, revealed that he will step down in 2015 prompting speculation that Kenneth Branagh will take the helm. Branagh, who has previously founded the Renaissance Theatre Company back in 1987, spoke of having a ‘child-like desire’ to run a theatre.
‘I have a pathetic urge at some stage in my life to be able to pull out my wallet and pull out a little card on which it would say Kenneth Branagh, artistic director,’ the actor told BBC Radio 4’s Front Row back in 2011.
Mark Rylance who will make his Old Vic directorial debut in September has also been linked to the post. Nicholas Hynter and Nick Starr from The National Theatre are also thought to be in contention for the role. Skyfall director Sam Mendes has ruled himself out of replacing Hynter at the National Theatre in 2015.
Kenneth Branagh is currently starring in his own production of Macbeth in Manchester and will also direct Disney’s live action film Cinderella which will star Helena Bonham Carter and Richard Madden.