Cattrall to take stage in London's 'Life'
LONDON — Kim Cattrall is headed to the West End. Thesp will topline a revival of the Brian Clark play “Whose Life Is It Anyway?,” playing the role of the quadriplegic sculptor for which Mary Tyler Moore won a special Tony Award in 1980.
Peter Hall will direct the production, due to start previews Jan. 7 in advance of a Jan. 25 bow at the Duke of York’s Theater. Show will play a limited run through April 30.
Clark’s play, written originally for British TV, starred Tom Conti the first time around in both London and on Broadway, where Conti won the 1979 actor Tony.
This engagement marks the first time the distaff version of the text has been seen on the West End.
Cattrall was born in Liverpool and has been talked up for London stage runs before. Some years ago, she was mentioned as a possible Blanche DuBois in a Hall-directed revival of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire”; the role went to Jessica Lange.
“Whose Life” is produced by Sonia Friedman Prods. and Mark Rubinstein. These impresarios have separately and together been attracting some big names to the West End stage of late, including Madonna, Woody Harrelson, Hank Azaria and Matthew Perry.
Prior to “Whose Life,” Friedman plans to bring to London Holly Hunter in “By the Bog of Cats,” written by Irish dramatist Marina Carr and directed by Dominic Cooke.