Actress Kim Cattrall faces ageing in Sweet Bird Of Youth
LONDON (AP) - "What a drag it is getting old," a young Mick Jagger sang five decades ago - though he may have changed his mind since.
That's also a theme of Sweet Bird Of Youth, Tennessee Williams' play about a faded movie star and a frazzled young hustler drifting toward disaster in a steamy Southern town.
Few feel the creep of time more acutely than actors, whose physical appearance is key to their livelihood. So for Kim Cattrall and Seth Numrich, tackling these exposing roles on the London stage was a special kind of challenge.
"Doing theatre is scary," Cattrall said during an interview in an Old Vic rehearsal room, in a tone that suggests it's a thrilling sort of fear. "It really is. You're really vulnerable. I think that's also what makes it irresistible, because I don't want to not go there. I think the other stuff is just too easy at this point. And I'm not a personality actress - I don't want to play just one role for the rest of my life."