The former Sex and the City star will play the title role in Linda, a black comedy about a top marketing executive who realises her career and her personal life has "hit a wall" at the age of 55, according to Britain's Daily Mail.

Vicky Featherstone, the artistic director of London's Royal Court Theatre, says Cattrall is perfect for the part because she is "brilliantly fierce about not being a young woman any more... and not fierce in a vain way... she's taken control of her life and is not sitting back."

Linda, written by Penelope Skinner and directed by Michael Longhurst, will open for previews on 25 November (15).