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Kim Cattrall Cleopatra Sets Liverpool Dates, 14 Oct

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As previously tipped, Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall, who finishes her sold-out West End run in Private Lives at the Vaudeville Theatre tomorrow (1 May 2010), will return to her birth city Liverpool this autumn to star in Antony and Cleopatra at the Liverpool Playhouse, running for a limited season from 14 October to 13 November 2010 (previews from 8 October). Jeffery Kissoon will co-star in the production, helmed by actress-turned-director Janet Suzman.

Cattrall was born in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, before her family emigrated to Canada when she was three months old. She returned to Britain later to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). She’s become internationally famous as sex siren Samantha Jones from the Sex and the City TV series and films, in addition to other screen roles.

In more recent years, she’s appeared regularly on the London stage. She made her West End debut playing the paralysed lead in Peter Hall’s 2005 revival of Whose Life Is It Anyway?, in which she co-starred with Janet Suzman, which she followed in 2006 with a production of David Mamet\'s The Cryptogram at the Donmar Warehouse and this year’s revival of Noel Coward’s Private Lives, directed by Richard Eyre and co-starring Matthew Macfadyen. Cattrall’s US stage credits include A View From The Bridge, Three Sisters, Miss Julie, The Misanthrope and Wild Honey (NT production).

Commenting on her return to Liverpool, she said today: \"I am thrilled to be coming home to Liverpool and making my debut at the Playhouse. I went to see many shows there as a young girl with my Aunt. This homecoming means a tremendous amount to me and my family.”

Janet Suzman famously played the role of Cleopatra herself in a 1973 Royal Shakespeare Company production. Her directing credits, in the UK and her native South Africa, include Othello, The Free State and Death of a Salesman.

Jeffery Kissoon previously played the part of Antony at Liverpool Everyman in 1990. His many other stage credits, at the RSC, National and elsewhere, include Fix It Up, Hamlet, The Free State, As You Like It, Doctor Faustus, Julius Caesar, Life Is a Dream and Othello. The new Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse production is designed by Peter McKintosh with lighting by Paul Pyant.


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