Cultural Life: Hattie Morahan, Actress


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The last thing that really made an impression on me was Three Kingdoms at the Lyric. It's a collaboration between Simon Stephens and Sebastian Nübling. It incorporated English, Estonian and German actors and theatre practises, and treated a very dark subject matter with such verve and vision. I also enjoyed Gross und Klein at the Barbican, with Cate Blanchett.

Visual Arts

I recently really enjoyed the Grayson Perry documentary, and the exhibition that he curated was a real highlight for me. I find his work very witty and unpretentious. I also loved seeing the David Hockney exhibition when it was on.


I managed to squeeze in going to Field Day Festival, and I really loved seeing Metronomy and Beirut. I don't get to see as much music as I'd like to.


I haven't really been able to read for pleasure since rehearsals started! But earlier this year I read a collection of short stories by Richard Yates. They're like little jewels; they are exquisitely crafted and very haunting, and they really get under the skin. I've also really enjoyed Skippy Dies by Paul Murray. It's set in an Irish boys' boarding school, and it's simultaneously fantastical and filthy – very funny, and very dark.

Hattie Morahan stars in 'A Doll's House' at the Young Vic, London SE1 ( to 28 July