Sex in City Cattrall Pulls Out of Royal FamilyDate: 5 July 2001
Contrary to press and box office reports earlier this week, television actress Kim Cattrall will not be making her West End debut in this autumn's production of The Royal Family, which opens at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 1 November 2001, following previews from 24 October.
Cattrall was lined up to play the daughter of Dame Judi Dench in the comedy about a family of actors, based on the legendary Barrymores. But ultimately, she has had to turn down the part due to scheduling conflicts. The Liverpool-born actress has a book coming out in the States in the autumn and is contract-bound to a promotional tour.
Contractual obligations on Dench's part - film promotion duties, in her case - have already necessitated the cancellation of seven performances of The Royal Family in November and December. Neither a replacement for Cattrall nor any other casting details have yet been confirmed but an announcement is expected shortly.
Cattrall, best known as sexy Samantha in the American TV series Sex in the City, has appeared in numerous films (including Police Academy and its sequels) and television series. Her US theatre credits include A View from the Bridge, Miss Julie, Wild Honey and The Misanthrope.
A collaboration between American writers George S Kaufman and Edna Ferber, The Royal Family was first seen on Broadway in the 1920s. The new production is directed by Sir Peter Hall.
- by Terri Paddock