Hilary Mantel’s novels about Cromwell’s life in the Tudor court have captured the public’s imagination, becoming international best sellers. The books have sold a staggering 1.8 million copies in the UK and 1.2 million copies in the US.
Many of the RSC company will transfer to the West End including Ben Miles as Cromwell, Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII, Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn, Paul Jesson as Cardinal Wolsey and Lucy Briers as Katherine of Aragon.
Public Booking opens on Monday 10th March
Playful Productions and the Royal Shakespeare Company are delighted to announce that the sell-out productions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies will transfer to the Aldwych Theatre from 1 May for a strictly limited season until 6 September. RSC Members Priority Booking opens at 10am on Thursday 6 March. Public Booking opens at 10am on Monday 10 March.
Hilary Mantel’s enormously popular books have been adapted for the first time for the stage in two parts by Mike Poulton. The adaptations were commissioned by Playful Productions who worked in collaboration with the RSC to bring them to the stage. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, the productions have been met with universal acclaim with tickets quickly selling out at the Swan Theatre in Stratford–upon-Avon. These two plays tell the compelling story of the political rise to power of Thomas Cromwell from blacksmith’s boy to Henry VIII’s right hand man, and have been playing in repertoire since December.
Wolf Hall won the Man Booker in 2009, and Bring Up the Bodies won in 2012, making Hilary Mantel the first woman ever to have received the award twice, and the first person to win the prize for two consecutive novels of the same series. She achieved another first recently when Bring Up the Bodies also won the Costa Novel Award, the first time the same novel has won both this and the Man Booker.
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies
A new dramatisation of Hilary Mantel’s novels by Mike Poulton
Directed by Jeremy Herrin
Designed by Christopher Oram
Lighting Design for Wolf Hall is by Paule Constable
Lighting Design for Bring Up the Bodies is by David Plater
Music is by Stephen Warbeck
Sound Design is by Nick Powell
Movement is by Siân Williams
Fights by Bret Yount
Casting is by Helena Palmer CDG
1st May – 6th September 2014
Press Performances: Saturday 17 May 2014 at 2pm and 7.30pm
Public Booking opens Monday 10 March
Box Office: 0844 4539025
Performance Times: Monday to Saturday evenings 7.30pm. Wednesday and Saturday matinees 2pm
Running Times: Wolf Hall 2 hours 50 minutes, Bring Up the Bodies 2 hours 50 minutes
Page updated 18th October 2014