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McDade and White Join A Woman Killed with Kindness at the National

Monday, 2nd May 2011  

Two New Cast Members Join the Kate Mitchell-Directed Production at the Lyttelton Theatre

Back in March it was revealed that the Lyttelton Theatre would be welcoming a production of Thomas Heywood’s “A Woman Killed With Kindness” under the direction of Kate Mitchell. The production, which is set to run in repertoire with “One Man, Two Guvnors” from June 2011, has now been issued with an update that points to Sandy McDade and Liz White being cast in lead roles. Both actresses will be recognisable for their roles in numerous stage and television roles prior to their arrival onstage in the production.

Sandy McDade has appeared in various well known television programmes that have appeared in front of British audiences, from “A Touch of Frost” and “Taggart” to “Lark Rise to Candleford” – the latter being her best known work when she inhabited the role of Miss Ellison. For the stage she has previously starred in National Theatre productions of “A Prayer for Owen Meany” and “The Seagull”, the latter of which was also directed by “A Woman Killed with Kindness” helmer Kate Mitchell.

Meanwhile, London theatre audiences will also be getting a well known actress with Liz White as well. She has appeared in various well known television productions including “Life on Mars” and “The Crimson Petal and the White”, in addition to movies like “Vera Drake” and the upcoming adaptation of “The Woman in Black”. Her stage credits include “Beyond the Horizon” and “Spring Storm” at The National Theatre in 2010.

Director Kate Mitchell, meanwhile, has been behind a wealth of shows at the National, including the mentioned “The Seagull”, in addition to further credits at prestigious houses like the Royal Opera House and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Such productions include “Pains of Youth” at the National Theatre in 2009 and “Clemency” at the Royal Opera house in 2011.

In addition to both Sandy McDade and Liz White, the upcoming production at the National will also star Paul Ready in a story of adultery that dates back to the 1600s. Master Frankford and his wife Anne welcome the character of Wendoll into their home and when Anne is wooed by him, Frankford ostracises her. Ultimately it is uncertain if the pair can reconcile their problems.

“A Woman Killed with Kindness” is at the Lyttelton National Theatre from Tuesday 19th July 2011 (previews from Tuesday 12th July 2011) to Sunday 31st July 2011.

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