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Whose Life Is It Anyway? - a change of venue



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

Whose Life Is It Anyway? will now open at the Comedy Theatre and not at the Duke of York's as previously announced. All other details remain unchanged.

PREVIOUSLY POSTED: BRIAN Clark's Whose Life Is It Anyway? is to open at the Duke of York's Theatre on January 25, 2005 (previews from January 7) and run for a limited season of just 16 weeks.

In the title role, and making her British theatre debut, will be Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall whose portrayal of sexy publicist, Samantha Jones, made her a household name.

Although best known for her work in America, Cattrall was actually born in Liverpool and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

Since then, she has appeared in a number of films, most notably, the Police Academy series and is no stranger to theatre where her credits include, A View from the Bridge, Miss Julie, Three Sisters and The Misanthrope.

Cattrall was, in fact, due to make her West End debut in 2001, co-starring alongside Dame Judi Dench in Sir Peter Hall's production of The Royal Family at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. However, filming schedules for Sex and the City, as well as a promotional book tour, forced her to withdraw from the project.

In Whose Life Is It Anyway?, she will play a sexy, intelligent and independent sculptor whose life changes dramatically after a road traffic accident leaves her a paraplegic. Suddenly reliant upon others, she must fight for the simple right to maintain control of her own future.

Although originally produced for TV, Whose Life Is It Anyway? received its stage premiere in 1978 at London's Mermaid Theatre, with Tom Conti as artist, Ken Harrison. It later transferred to the West End.

A year later, in 1979, the part was re-written for a female lead and it was Mary Tyler Moore as Claire Harrison who won a Tony Award on Broadway.

And in 1981, it reverted for film with Richard Dreyfuss taking the lead.

The new production which will be directed by Sir Peter Hall, has been updated in line with modern medicine and the moral dilemmas such advancement poses.

Whose Life Is It Anyway? will be produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and Mark Rubinstein. As yet, no further cast members have been announced.

Dirty Blonde is currently showing at the Duke of York's Theatre and is booking until August 28, 2004.

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