By Penelope Skinner

"Click here for Linda casting news. Noma Dumezweni replaces Kim Cattrall": “I'm an award-winning business woman. I'm happily married with two beautiful daughters and I still fit in the same size ten dress suit I did fifteen years ago. What could possibly threaten me?” Linda Wilde has dedicated her life to changing the world. She's won awards for her efforts, at the same time as working hard to become an inspiring mother, and an independent, loving wife. Now, at 55, she seems to have it all. But Linda isn't satisfied. She's a woman in her prime and she's embarking on her most ambitious plan to date. But beneath the surface, the cracks are starting to show. "Old for a woman means worthless. Invisible. Of course we're terrified. You tell us we peak at sixteen and it's downhill all the way from there. Well I haven't worked this hard to be pushed aside at the last hurdle. I refuse to be silenced. I will not disappear. I am Linda Wilde. And I'm still here!" Penelope Skinner returns to the Royal Court with her first Jerwood Theatre Downstairs play Linda, directed by Michael Longhurst. Penelope Skinner's credits for the Royal Court include The Big Idea: Age (Open Court) and The Village Bike. Her other theatre credits include The Village Bike (MCC Theater); The Promise (Donmar Warehouse at the Trafalgar Studios); Fred's Diner (Chichester Festival); The Sound of Heavy Rain (Paines Plough); Greenland (National); Eigengrau (Bush) and Fucked (Old Red Lion / Assembly). For film her credits include Mary Queen of Scots and How I Live Now. For television her credits include Fresh Meat (Channel 4). For radio her credits include Planet B, The Man in Black: The Old Road (BBC Radio 7); Scratch (BBC Radio 3); and Murder in the Toilet (Cookham FM). Penelope is Winner of the 2011 George Devine Award, the Charles Wintour Most Promising Playwright Award at the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Awards. She was also nominated for the 2012 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. Michael Longhurst's credits for the Royal Court include Constellations, The Art of Dying and Remembrance Day. His other credits include Carmen Disruption (Almeida), Bad Jews (St James's Theatre/ Arts), Tis Pity She's A Whore (The Globe), A Number (Young Vic & Southampton), If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet (The Roundabout Theatre NY.), Stovepipe (HighTide / Bush), On The Beach (as part of The Contingency Plan at the Bush), On The Record (Arcola), dirty butterfly (winner of the Jerwood Directors Award at the Young Vic), 1 In 5 (as part of Daring Pairings at Hampstead) and Guardians (Edinburgh Festival). He was a recipient of the Jerwood Directors Award (2007) at the Young Vic and a Fringe First in 2005. Age Guidance 14+ Running time approx: 2 hrs 40mins, including interval. This performance contains some strobe lighting effects. "Relaxed performance Sat 19th Dec 2.30pm": Following the Royal Court Theatre's first relaxed performance of The Twits, a second relaxed performance for adults is programmed for Linda by Penelope Skinner. This production has an age recommendation of 14+ and is not suitable for a younger audience. As part of this performance, we would welcome parents with babies (under 1 yr) to attend with the infant on their lap at no extra charge. To book a parent/baby ticket please select an orange seat in the circle. Tickets are £12 for one adult and one child under the age of 1 year. This relaxed performance is designed for anyone 14 years and over with sensory or communication difficulties who feel they would benefit from a performance with a more relaxed atmosphere. Should you have any questions regarding this performance or to make a booking, please contact [email protected] "THE BIG IDEA: LINDA": The Big Idea is a strand of work at the Royal Court offering audiences radical thinking and provocative discussion inspired by the work on stage. "Insight Workshops are available for schools attending this production":


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