Read more about the article REVIEW: Best of Enemies, Young Vic (2021)
David Harewood as William F Buckley (Photo: Wasi Daniju)

REVIEW: Best of Enemies, Young Vic (2021)

In the debate scenes, the actors speak the words that Vidal and Buckley actually spoke. Outside the debates, they confer with their advisers about how to beat the other man, and – vain in a way that only television can make people – they protest to the network that the other man is getting more of the camera.

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Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell (Photo: Keith Pattison)

REVIEW: Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies
Aldwych Theatre (2014)

In Bring Up the Bodies we see that Henry's marriage to Anne is already in difficulties as she fails to deliver alive the longed for son. Henry, without the male heir, starts to speculate that he has been influenced by witchcraft and in this world of shifting power, Thomas Cromwell remarkably detaches himself from Anne Boleyn and survives. As he says, "Our requirements have changed and the facts must change with them." Anne loses her head after, along with a number of men, she is accused of adultery and therefore treason, although historians are largely convinced that Anne was innocent of these charges.

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Aldwych Theatre (2014)
Read more about the article REVIEW: The Mirror and the Light, Gielgud Theatre now closing 28/11/21 (2021)
Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell (Photo: Marc Brenner)

REVIEW: The Mirror and the Light, Gielgud Theatre now closing 28/11/21 (2021)

Concluding her trilogy which started with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel, with Ben Miles, has adapted this final part The Mirror and the Light.   Ask not where Mike Poulton is, the award winning author/adaptor of so many RSC conversions from page to stage and indeed the adaptor of the first two novels.  He was unavailable.

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