Linda at the Royal Court Theatre Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS
Linda starring Noma Dumezweni at the Royal Court Theatre
Olivier-Award winning actress Noma Dumezweni returns to the Royal Court Theare in Linda, Penelope Skinner’s extraordinary new play about a 55 year old woman and her fight to remain visible in her world.
Directed by Michael Longhurst, Linda will play a strictly limited season from 26 November 2015 until 9 January 2016 in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre.
“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. 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!”
The full cast includes Noma Dumezweni, Imogen Byron, Karla Crome, Jaz Deol, Amy Beth Hayes, Dominic Mafham, Merriel Plummer and Ian Redford.
NOTE: Kim Cattrall was previously announced to play the title role but has withdrawn from the production on the advice of her doctors. Oliver-Award winning actress Noma Dumezweni takes her place.
Penelope Skinner’s play will be directed by Michael Longhurst.
★★★★★ ‘If they can bottle and mass-produce whatever it is that Noma Dumezweni has got then, please, I want to order a life-times supply’ Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph
★★★★ ‘It looks like a triumph.’ Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard
★★★★ ‘It has a storm in its mouth, anger in its heart and a role of magnitude at its centre, and Dumezweni owns it’ The Stage