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In 'Wolf Hall,' unknown Lydia Leonard stakes a regal claim on U.S. stage

In 'Wolf Hall,' unknown Lydia Leonard stakes a regal claim on U.S. stage

For the first hour of the Tudor stage epic "Wolf Hall," Anne Boleyn makes exactly one appearance. "Do you not know me?" she says, bitingly, to a key member of Henry VIII's court, then quickly disappears. It's a question audiences may soon be asking too. The actress who utters the line is Lydia Leonard, an unknown 33-year-old native of a small English village — and a presence so new to the U.S. theater scene that until a few weeks ago she had never even seen a Broadway show, much less starred in one. Yet on a stage that's swaggering with masculinity, Leonard distinguishes herself in several ways. Starring in a production that shares a name and...

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