Kevin Spacey Reappeared on Stage at a Cancelled Culture Event — And Received a Standing Ovation

The five-minute scene from Shakespeare's Timon of Athens was the actor's first public appearance since being acquitted of sexual assault charges.

ON MONDAY NIGHT, the University of Oxford held What Shakespeare Can Teach Us About Cancel Culture, a lecture commemorating 

the late conservative British philosopher Roger Scruton delivered by columnist Douglas Murray. Kevin Spacey appeared onstage for the first time 

since being acquitted of sexual assault in July, performing a five-minute sequence from Timon of Athens. His performance was met with a standing ovation from the audience. 

"In an era of cancellation and defenestration, we sometimes forget that we both cannot go on like this and that we have been here before, 

Murray stated before the performance. Timon has the entire world in front of him. He is surrounded by admirers and friends. He is kind to everyone. 

Nonetheless, he falls on hard times, and when he does, everyone abandons him. He is left with nothing and no one, and he risks succumbing to despair and wrath." 

Murray closed his talk by introducing Spacey, whom he described as "one of the greatest actors of his generation and somebody I am very proud to call a friend 

"In an interview with The Times, the columnist explained that he saw parallels between Scruton's story — who was fired from his position in 

the UK government following a contentious interview with New Statesman magazine — and Spacey's, who was charged with 13 counts of assault 

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