Drawing: Kate Fleetwood

Kate Fleetwood

I finally got to meet the wonderfully versatile British actress Kate Fleetwood on Saturday as she arrived at London’s latest fashionable pop-up theatre Found 111 in Charing Cross Road for the matinee performance of Tracy Letts’ BUG in which she plays the lonely waitress Agnes opposite James Norton. She remembered my other drawing with affection, which she signed for me after I left it at the National when she played Goneril in KING LEAR in 2014.

Evening Standard critic Fiona described her ” beguiling feline face and wonderfully pronounced cheekbones and startling oval eyes” in her interview with Kate this month.All the more reason to draw her.

Raised in the Stratford-upon-Avon area,  Kate joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and her career defining role was one of the Bard’s most famous role as Lady M in the Chichester Festival Theatre 2007 production of MACBETH opposite Patrick Stewart, directed by her husband Rupert Goold at the National, which transferred to Broadway and earned her a Tony nomination. She was also nominated for an Olivier in 2012 for her role as Julie in the ground-breaking musical LONDON ROAD.

It’s been a gloriously hectic year for Kate playing the prickly socialite Tracey Lord in HIGH SOCIETY at the Old Vic, the ferocious MADEA in Rachel Cusk’s 21st Century take on the Greek tragedy at the Almeida and appearing in STAR WARS:THE FORCE AWAKENS as a First Order Officer.

I drew this sketch of Kate incorporating her roles as the goaler’s daughter in THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN at the Globe in 2000, MEDEA and Agnes in BUG, which she signed for me.

Drawing: Kate Fleetwood in King Lear and Macbeth

Kate Fleetwood

British actress Kate Fleetwood will be well known to cinema audiences from her roles in films such as Harry Potter, Les Misérables and Philomena, but it’s her stage work that has won her the most plaudits.

She made her Broadway debut opposite Patrick Stewart in the critically lauded Chichester Festival Theatre production of Macbeth in 2008. Her ferocious and much younger ‘trophy wife’ portrayal of Lady Macbeth won wide acclaim and a Tony Award nomination. In 2012 Kate was also nominated for the Olivier for her performance as Julie in the musical London Road at the National Theatre in London.

Earlier this year she played the power hungry eldest daughter in Sam Mendes’ production of King Lear also at the National. Lloyd Evans in The Spectator described her, “outstanding performance” as a,”slinky, ice cold Goneril glides around like Wallis Simpson looking for a playboy to chew up and spit out”.

This montage sketch, kindly signed and dedicated, captures Kate in both roles.