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Book: Art: TV: Radio: Place: App: ON MY RADAR Katherine Kingsley's cultural highlights

July 27, 2014

Leah Harper

Katherine Kingsley studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. In 2009, she earned her first Olivier nomination for her portrayal of Marlene Dietrich in the Donmar production of Piaf. Her turn as Lina Lamont in Chichester Festival theatre's Singing in the Rain led to a second, followed by a third this year for A Midsummer Night's Dream. She has also made numerous television appearances and toured with The 39 Steps. Kingsley is currently starring with Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy theatre. Leah Harper

The Lie by Helen Dunmore

This is a story built around two boys who grow up in the same community but are called up to join the Great War. It's a very good description of the hellish nature of the trenches and the task of slotting back into civilian life.

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, Tate Modern, London

I think the geometry of it all and the composition is what's so appealing - I'm the daughter of an architect - even though it's not the most complex [work] to a lot of people. It can seem quite naive, but it's actually beautifully balanced.

Happy Valley

Happy Valley is written so well for women. Sarah Lancashire's performance is remarkable - it deals with difficult subject matter but is beautifully handled. Lancashire has proved herself as one of our strongest actors and this is a particularly good role for her.

Front Row, BBC R4

I listen to the radio a lot in my dressing room because I have a late entrance [in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels]. I really enjoy Front Row, particularly listening to Simon Russell Beale talking about Shakespeare's sonnets, which are so beautiful, and to hear them is particularly nice.


I'm about to go to Corsica. It will be so nice to have some time away, eat some fresh fish, lounge around, have some rest. I'll also really enjoy the evening aspect of it. The transition from day to night is something that I miss when I'm doing theatre and I think that will be the magic hour for me.


I really like this music app. If you're feeling relaxed, you can say: "I just want relaxing music" and you get a playlist of music by different artists that users have created. Rufus Hound recommended it to me; he's always playing cool music, so it's a little trick I picked up from him.

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Source: Observer (UK)

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