Linda Casting News

Published on Thu 19 Nov 2015

Yesterday evening (Wednesday) on the advice of her doctors Kim Cattrall withdrew from the Royal Court Theatre’s production of Linda.

Cattrall was due to take the title role in Linda, by Penelope Skinner. The role has been recast and Olivier Award winner Noma Dumezweni has stepped in, joining rehearsals tomorrow (Friday). Performances will begin on 26 November. The press night remains the same (Tuesday 1 December, 7pm).

Commenting on her withdrawal Cattrall stated;
“With great sadness and at the advice of my doctors, I will not be able to continue with the Royal Court’s production of Linda. I appreciate all the support I have received from the theatre and cannot thank them enough for allowing me to put my health first.”

Royal Court Theatre Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone said;
“We are all deeply sorry that Kim is unable to continue with the production and she has our warmest wishes. We are extremely grateful and also thrilled that Noma Dumezweni, one of our most brilliant actors, has agreed to take on this challenge at such short notice. We are delighted that in spite of these difficulties Penelope Skinner’s important play can open to our audiences with minimal disruption.”

Notes to editors:

Noma Dumezweni’s work as an actor includes Belong (Royal Court), Feast (Young Vic/Royal Court), Carmen Disruption (Almeida), ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Bogus Woman (The Red Room, Traverse and Bush theatres), President Of An Empty Room And The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other (National); Macbeth, Breakfast With Mugabe, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo And Juliet (RSC) and A Raisin In The Sun (Young Vic) for which she was awarded an Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role. In 2013-2015 she appeared in A Human Being Died That Night at the Hampstead Theatre, the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town, the Market Theatre in Johannesburg and BAM in New York. She will make her directing debut with I See You by Mongiwekhaya at the Royal Court Theatre in February 2016.

Listings Information:

By Penelope Skinner
Directed by Michael Longhurst
Thursday 26 November 2015 – Saturday 9 January 2016
No performance Wednesday 25 November
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Saturday matinees (from 5 December) 2.30pm
Thursday matinees (from 3 December) 2.30pm
Captioned Performance Tuesday 5 January 2016, 7.30pm
Touch Tour Saturday 9 January 1pm Audio Described Saturday 9 January 2.30pm
Relaxed Performance Saturday 19 December, 2.30pm
Press Night Tuesday 1 December 7pm
Age Guidance 14+
Tickets £35, £25, £16, £12. Mondays all seats £10 (available in advance to Friends and Supporters subject to availability. For general public available on day of performance from 9am online). 25s and under £12 (limited availability).
Concessions £5 off top two ticket prices* (available in advance until 5 December, and all matinees. For all other performances, available on a standby basis on the day)
Access £12 (plus a companion at the same rate)
*ID required. All discounts subject to availability.

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