Monday 25 September 2017

Spacey excited about Cattrall role

Kim Cattrall will take to the stage at the Old Vic
Kim Cattrall will take to the stage at the Old Vic

Kim Cattrall will "sparkle" when she takes to the stage at London's Old Vic, according to artistic director Kevin Spacey.

The Sex And The City actress will play a fading Hollywood star in a revival of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird Of Youth as part of the theatre's spring programme.

US star Kevin said: "To get Kim Cattrall to come to the Vic, I've been working on that for a whole number of years - A, to find the right time and B, to find the right part, in the right play, and Williams - I'm almost ashamed that I haven't put on Tennessee Williams since I started but it's about time... I think it's going to be a very exciting role to see Kim do."

He added: "Clearly it's going to be sexy. You look at how her work has been, how much she's grown, the roles that she's taken on, the challenges that she has.

"This is an actress who could probably just keep making film after film or get into another series and do quite successfully. But what's she's done since Sex And The City ended is do a lot of plays. So I admire her ambition and what she does and I think she's going to sparkle on that stage. I'm very excited about it."

Kevin joined the Old Vic in 2003 and has managed to juggle movie roles and his work at the theatre.

He said of the new programme, which will also see James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave appear in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing: "I'm enormously grateful to the British public because despite some early cynicism and a little bit of mauling, the truth is they came early, they came often and they told their friends and the British public made this happen."

Kevin added: "I know it's going well when I'm able to go away for nearly six months to shoot the first season of a television series and everything still works. Which is great because what it means is when I leave my role as artistic director, things will keep going."

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