18 January 2005
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Today has seen London’s West End stars Kim Cattrall and Joshua Jackson swap the stage and their costumes to take to the streets of London and sample “A Day in the Life” of a Londoner. This forms part of a Visit London initiative to encourage UK residents and Europeans to come to the city and highlight what London’s Theatreland has to offer in 2005.
This morning, everyone was dashing to pick up a copy of the Evening Standard and read all about it as Kim Cattrall, celebrated Sex and the City star, took to the streets as a local newspaper seller outside the Comedy Theatre in Panton Street where she stars in Who’s Life Is It Anyway.
Kim commented, “Who’d have thought I’d appear in the paper one week and be selling it the next! But that’s life in London – varied and exciting.
Appearing on stage at the Comedy Theatre in London’s West End is an honour that any American actress would die for, but immersing myself in real London and sampling a true Londoner’s job is something not many actresses who come to the West End have the chance of doing. It’s been really enjoyable and has made me love London life and its residents even more.”
Joshua Jackson, former star of Dawson’s Creek and current star of A Life in the Theatre at The Apollo theatre, West End, had his English accent tested to the limits as he dabbled with some cockney slang while taking a fast track course in the ‘Knowledge’, driving punters around the streets of London as a cabbie.
Joshua commented, “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to perform on the stage in London for the first time. This city offers so much to visitors and in keeping with that, should you need to know anything about anything here the best person to ask is a London cabbie. I’m told that’s why they call it ‘The Knowledge'”.
David Campbell, Chief Executive, Visit London commented: “London is always changing and surprising – Kim Cattrall and Joshua Jackson are just two major international stars that can be seen performing in London in 2005; the city’s such a mecca for celebrities you never know who you might spot just walking the streets! This event is one of four events previewing what London has to offer in 2005, it aims to showcase the big names starring in the West End, draw attention to the 16 new West End shows due to open this year and the city’s 100 plus theatres, fringe theatre and street performances. We have also teamed up with our partners to provide special discount offers and great value packages that ensure London ‘s theatre scene really is open to everyone.”
London’s Mayor, Ken Livingstone said: “With many of London’s theatres featuring Hollywood’s A-list as well as the best of British up and coming stars of the future, London’s theatreland has more to offer its visitors in 2005 than ever before. And with the Get Into London Theatre promotion running at the same time, I am thrilled to see the stars getting behind London theatre in this way.”