Cat's Paw @ The King's Head

I will be appearing as Jessica Lyons in the European premiere of Cat’s Paw, a play by Golden Globe nominated writer William Mastrosimone, directed by Noah Lee Margetts at the King’s Head Theatre, Islington, from June 14th – July 1st, 2007. Previews June 11th – 13th. For show times & ticket prices details visit
cat's-paw |ˌkøts ˈpɔ|
noun : a person who is used by another, typically to carry out an unpleasant or dangerous task.

When does a right cause go wrong? With the world’s water supply in real danger, who pulls the plug on industrial polluters – and how? Is a bad action still wrong if it’s for the greater good? And who decides?

Cat’s Paw is a major work centering on the story of a group of radicalized activists out to “shock and awe” the world into stopping the polluters of the Earth’s fresh water – just three per cent of its total. How far must the planet’s eco-warriors collude with the global business of news reportage, and what about peace, love and loyalty? This enthralling, gripping piece sparkles with purists and cynics caught in a cradle of conflict between hope and realism.
This is my first American theatre role since I arrived here in 2004! I am excited about this for many reasons – it’s a great script and a meaty part, it’s my first Off West End credit, I get to work at the legendary King’s Head Theatre, the playwright is coming to see the production, and it’s great to be working!

I’ve recently learned that the late Dan Crawford (who founded the King’s Head in 1970 and was the Artistic Director until he died of cancer in July 2006) was fellow American expat who came to live in London. His dream was to open a thriving pub theatre in London, when no others existed at the time, and he succeeded. I just watched a DVD produced for the King’s Head as a tribute to Dan who was “well-known and well-loved as a colourful, energetic and maverick producer.” I had no idea how many now-famous actors have treaded the boards there, and what a springboard the theatre has been for new plays. It is exciting to be a part of that legacy.


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