Actor Ben Miles earns praise from theatre critics. Alicia Powell reports.
King Henry VIII's Tudor court, with its in intrigue, greed and betrayal, comes alive on Broadway in "Wolf Hall Part 1 & 2." The plays by the Royal Shakespeare Company, which can be seen on the same or different days, arrived on Broadway after sold-out engagements on London's West End. It chronicles political and power struggles as Henry VIII breaks with the Catholic Church so he can leave his wife and marry another woman with the hope of producing a male heir. The New York Daily News says Ben Miles, who plays Thomas Cromwell, reigns in this court. USA Today also praises Miles, describing his Cromwell as nuanced and "suitably thoughtful." But the newspaper added the performances could not compensate for plays that impress but do not transport audiences. New York Times reviewing Ben Brantley, who has seen both English productions, says he was equally transfixed with "Wolf Hall" on Broadway. 'Wolf Hall' is playing at the Winter Garden theatre.