May 28, 1998, Peter Marks of the New York Times: ". . . Distinguished by the sparkling portrayals of Paul Jesson as Henry and Jane Lapotaire as the first of his six wives, Katherine of Aragon, this superb new staging brings out just about all the luster one could hope for . . .Mr. Doran's human-scale production . . . places the emphasis on the psychological aspects of this political triangle. And nothing goes boom! here [a reference to the cannon that razed the original Globe Theatre early in the 17th century] except, perhaps, for the robust performances by Mr. Jesson and especially Ms. Lapotaire. Swathed in reverent black and engendering sympathy with each solemn sign of the cross, the doleful, sparrowlike Ms. Lapotaire, who won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Edith Piaf, could make an entire production out of manifestations of humility. In fact, when cornered by her tormentor, Wolsey-"Woe upon joo!" she declares in a Castilian accent-Ms. Lapotaire is so grandly put upon, so operatically aware of her shrinking fortunes, she might be playing Maria Callas of Aragon. It's a needle-sharp performance."
|JANE LAPOTAIRE as Katherine and PAUL JESSON as King Henry in HENRY VIII||June 14, 1998, Vincent Canby of the New York Times: Jane Lapotaire is very fine as the abandoned wife who tenaciously fights Henry all the way to her eventual house arrest in a second-class castle. It's a tough, proud, unsentimental performance by the actress who, four years ago, starred in the R.S.C.'s memorable revival of 'Ghosts.'|