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Kim Cattrall defends Vanessa Redgrave play after bad reviews

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Sep 24, 2013 | 6:57am EDT

Actress Kim Cattrall has stepped up to defend Vanessa Redgrave's new production of Much Ado About Nothing after the play was hit with a slew of scathing reviews last week (ends23Sep13). The veteran British thespian stars opposite James Earl Jones in a much older portrayal of lovers Beatrice and Benedick in a new version of William Shakespeare's comedy at the Old Vic theatre in London. The highly-anticipated production, directed by celebrated actor/playwright Mark Rylance, was given terrible reviews from critics following opening night last Thursday (19Sep13), with the Guardian's Michael Billington branding the show "one of the most senseless Shakespearean productions I have seen in a long time," while Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail claimed Jones needed prompting on several occasions, and insisted the 82 year old is "really not up to it". Sex and the City star Cattrall, who appeared in Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic this year (13), was present at Much Ado About Nothing's opening night, and she insists the production was fabulous. In a series of posts on her Twitter.com page, she writes, "Congrats 2 (to) Mark (Rylance)... cast and crew. What a wonderful evening. I loved Much Ado... The members of 'The Watch' in Much Ado. All terrific lads!... So good 2 (to)... be there opening night."

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