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Kim Cattrall at the Olivier Awards 2013 with MasterCard (Photo: Rex Features)

Kim Cattrall at the Olivier Awards 2013 with MasterCard (Photo: Rex Features)

Kim Cattrall leads Royal Court’s Linda

Published 17 July 2015

Kim Cattrall will take the lead role in Penelope Skinner’s new play Linda when the tale about a woman determined to change the world receives it premiere at the Royal Court in November.

The Sex And The City star, who won critical acclaim for her most recent London stage role in Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird Of Youth at The Old Vic, will play Linda Wilde, an inspirational figure who’s won awards for her dedicated work.

As an inspiring mother, independent, loving wife and successful businesswoman, Linda supposedly has it all, but still she isn’t satisfied and at the age of 55 embarks on her most ambitious plan yet. But how long will it take before the cracks begin to show?

Marking playwright Skinner’s debut for the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Downstairs following the Olivier Award nominated The Village Bike in the venue’s smaller Upstairs space, Linda will see Cattrall make her own venue debut in the play from 25 November to 9 January.

The Golden Globe-winning actress, whose other stage appearances include Private Lives in the West End, is just one of the cast members announced to star in Vicky Featherstone’s newly announced season at the Royal Court this autumn.

David Mumeni and Katie West will appear in season opener Lela & Co., the tale of a young girl trapped in an increasingly tiny world, from 3 September to 3 October in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.

West was last seen on the London stage in Simon Stephens’ Carmen Disruption at the Almeida Theatre earlier this year, while Mumeni’s credits include Mush And Me at the Bush Theatre and The Machine at the Donmar Warehouse.

Inspired by real-life events in Albania, Lela & Co. follows the protagonist as significant changes are gradually made to her life. What begins with just a mattress evolves into bolts on the front door, a gun, a locked cupboard, and she knows in her heart that change is bad.

Linda and Lela & Co. play as part of an exciting season of premieres at the Royal Court later this year, with casting also announced today for Martin McDonagh’s first play for the London stage in a decade. Hangmen, the story of the second best hangman in England on the day that hanging is abolished, will star David Morrissey, Reece Shearsmith and Johnny Flynn.

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