Cattrall was scheduled to return to the London stage to star in Penelope Skinner's play starting Nov. 25 at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre. The role has been recast: Olivier Award winner Noma Dumezweni has stepped in, joining rehearsals Nov. 20. The show is now scheduled to begin previews Nov. 26 and open Dec. 1. Cattrall was last seen in the West End in Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic in 2013.
Commenting on her withdrawal, Cattrall said in a statement, "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 issued the following statement: "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 is being directed by Michael Longhurst and revolves around Linda Wilde, who has dedicated her life to changing the world. She's won awards for her efforts, at the same time 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.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7565 5000 or visit www.royalcourttheatre.com.