BWW Interview: Tony Nominees Nathaniel Parker, Lydia Leonard & Ben Miles Reveal Favorite Part of WOLF HALL
Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for a filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. Richard Ridge of "Backstage with Richard Ridge" sat down with "Wolf Hall: Parts I and II" lead cast members Nathaniel Parker (King Henry VIII), Ben Miles (Thomas Cromwell), and Lydia Leonard (Anne Boleyn) to talk about the play and their careers.
If you could sum up, each of you, the best part of the experience with working on "Wolf Hall" what is it for each of you?
Nathaniel Parker: The company. It's an amazing company. I think I've never felt more supported and safe, yet so able to take risks. It's a brilliant, brilliant feel every night I get out there and it's become my happy place completely. Call it silly but it's true. You get out there and just go, "Oh, yeah!" And it starts with looking at Ben's eyes in the dark every night. We do these shark-like eyes. [Laughs] We look at each other and just go, "That's it." And then we're off! And then we finish and look at each other. It's just great and it's a privilege every night.
Lydia Leonard: Working with you guys. And coming to New York, coming to Broadway, it's just been incredible.
Ben Miles: Both those things. The company's been amazing. The loyalty in the company, the comradery, the positivity in the company. People have been doing very little for the past two years, but still every night you look at them on stage and they are on it, they are with you, they are thinking stuff, they are reacting to what you are doing. If you are looking, they react. And I felt such admiration for everyone in the company for being so committed to this show. New York, and getting to collaborate with one of our greatest writers and to get to have a working relationship with someone like Hillary Mantel is a big thrill for me, it really is.
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Nathaniel Parker (King Henry VIII): Broadway: Merchant of Venice. West End: Wolf Hall, The Audience, Speed The Plow, Merchant Of Venice. RSC: Richard II,Winter's Tale. TV: "Inspector Lynley" as Inspector Lynley, "Bleak House," "Vanity Fair," "Far From The Madding Crowd," "Injustice," "Dancing Queen," "Merlin," "Nuremberg Trials," "Never Come Back," "The Bible - David," "The Vision Thing," "A Class Apart," "Absolute Hell," "Village Affair," "Trust," "Into Thin Air," "Still Life," "The Outcast." Film: Stardust, The Bodyguard, Flawless, The Haunted Mansion, Othello, Hamlet, Squanto, Perfect Host, War Requiem. Fade To Black, Lover's Prayer, Beverly Hills Ninja, Malice In Wonderland.
Lydia Leonard (Anne Boleyn): West End: Onassis, Let There Be Love, Time and the Conways (National Theatre), Frost/Nixon, Hecuba (and at BAM). TV: "River," "Life in Squares" (Virginia Woolf), "Lucan," "Ambassadors," "Da Vinci's Demons," "Whitechapel," "The 39 Steps," "Margaret Thatcher," "The Line of Beauty," "Jericho," "Rome," "Midsommer Murders," "Foyle's War." Film: The Fifth Estate, Archipelago.
Ben Miles (Thomas Cromwell): Theatre includes: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet (RSC); Love Love Love and My Child (Royal Court); Betrayal (Harold Pinter Theatre); Measure for Measure and The Tower (Almeida); The Normal Conquests and Richard II (Old Vic); The Cherry Orchard, The London Cuckolds, Mary Stuart(National Theatre); The Winter's Tale (Young Vic) and The Tempest (Phoebus Cart). Television includes: "Dracula," "Zen," "The Promise," "Coupling," "Lark Rise to Candleford," "Prime Suspect," "Forsyte Saga," "Cold Feet," "The Hollow Crown 2" (BBC 2016). Film includes Ninja Assassin, Speed Racer, V for Vendetta.