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Kim Cattrall and Jeffery Kissoon in Antony and Cleopatra

30th April 2010

On sale now.  Kim Cattrall and Jeffery Kissoon play the title roles in Shakespeare's epic tragedy of passion and empire at the Liverpool Playhouse from 8 October until 13 November 2010. Directed by Janet Suzman.

Renowned actress and director Janet Suzman, directs a remarkable cast in Shakespeare's epic tragedy of passion and empire.  Kim Cattrall returns to her birth city to play arguably Shakespeare's strongest, most awe-inspiring female character, Cleopatra, opposite esteemed stage actor Jeffery Kissoon as Antony at the Liverpool Playhouse from 8 October until 13 November 2010. 

Gemma Bodinetz, Liverpool Playhouse Artistic Director says:“William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra is one of the great epic works of the theatrical canon. It requires a cast and creative team of the highest order. We are proud to announce that Kim Cattrall will be returning to her home city fresh from her critically acclaimed performance in Private Lives in the West End to play Cleopatra alongside distinguished stage actor Jeffery Kissoon as Antony. Directed by Janet Suzman whose own Cleopatra still remains one of the greatest in living memory, Antony and Cleopatra at the Liverpool Playhouse promises to be one of the theatrical highlights of 2010. This production is the culmination of many months of creative conversation and huge artistic aspiration for all the parties involved.”

Kim 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). Last month she received rave reviews for her role of Amanda in Sir Richard Eyre’s West End play of Noel Coward’s comedy Private Lives.

In today's Liverpool ECHO  Kim says: "To come home to my birth city means a tremendous amount to me.  Shakespeare's Cleopatra is a very noble creature, she's a very intelligent, mercurial, brilliant woman.  And she's a survivor; which is something I know a little bit about.  Janet Suzman is my mentor and to be able to work with her is such a great thrill.  I think this is the first time someone who played Cleopatra is directing Cleopatra."

Kim has previously worked with Janet Suzman in the acclaimed West End production of Brian Clark's Whose Life Is It, Anyway? at the Comedy Theatre in 2005. She also appeared in David Mamet's The Cryptogram at the Donmar Warehouse in 2006. Best known for her Golden Globe Award-winning portrayal of Samantha Jones in the HBO TV series Sex and the City and the subsequent 2008 and 2010 film versions, her other film roles include current Roman Polanski political thriller The Ghost, Meeting Monica Valour, The Three Musketeers, Bonfire of the Vanities, Star Trek VI, Big Trouble in Little China, Mannequin and Tiger's Tail.

Kim Cattrall         Jeffery Kissoon

Distinguished stage actor Jeffery Kissoon has worked with many great theatre directors, such as Peter Brook, Robert Lepage, Nicholas Hytner, Trevor Nunn and Sir Peter Hall. His theatre credits include extensive work for the RSC, the National Theatre, Barbican, Shared Experience and Theatre Complicité. He has recently finished playing the lead role in Mark Norfolk’s film, Ham and the Piper and is currently directing Naked Soldiers for Ka Zimba Theatre at Warehouse Theatre, Croydon.  Kissoon previously played Antony in Antony and Cleopatra at the Liverpool Everyman in 1990.

Jeffery Kissoon says: "It will be such a great pleasure to return to Liverpool. I have performed there many times and I can't wait to come back. I am especially looking forward to working with Janet Suzman again. She’s an inspiring director and of course, she knows this play very well. The prospect of playing opposite the wonderful Kim Cattrall is immensely exciting, one of Britain's most accomplished actors. There's so much to look forward to. It's all good."

Janet Suzman

Janet Suzman trained at LAMDA before becoming a member of the RSC playing many of the Shakespearian heroines, and where her own Cleopatra in 1973 is widely considered a definitive performance. Suzman also appeared in many British television drama productions in the 1960s and early 1970s, including Saint Joan, Three Sisters, Macbeth, and Hedda Gabler. For her first film role in Nicholas and Alexandra she was nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award. More recently Suzman has directed work both here and in her native South Africa including Othello (which was televised for Channel 4), The Snow Palace, The Free State (a modern adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard) and Death of A Salesman.

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA at the Liverpool Playhouse from 8 October to 13 November is a Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse production. Tickets: £12-£45.

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