Hollywood film, tv and stage star Kim Cattrall has unexpectedly withdrawn from the Royal Court Theatre’s production of Linda.
Cattrall who was due to take the title role withdrew from the production on the advice of her doctors on Wednesday evening with no further details on her illness being given at that time.
Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court was quick to announce that Olivier award Noma Dumezweni would step into the lead role, joining rehearsals from Friday 20 November.
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 Courts 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.”
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.”
Linda plays a limited run from 26 November 2015 until 9 January 2016 at the Royal Court Theatre.