Two new Hilary Mantel events at RSC

24 January 2014

Two new Hilary Mantel events at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon

To accompany the current productions of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, the Royal Shakespeare Company presents two special events with the award-winning writer Hilary Mantel to take place this March in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.

The world premiere stage version of Hilary Mantel's multi award-winning novels about the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell were adapted by Mike Poulton and directed by Jeremy Herrin. Starring Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell, the plays run in repertoire in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon until the end of March.

Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Saturday 22 March
11.15am – 12pm
Tickets: £5

Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, and the adapter of both plays Mike Poulton discuss the process of bringing the detailed historical fiction charting the rise of Thomas Cromwell to the Royal Shakespeare Company stage.

How religion, politics and personal influence shaped a King's reign,
and a Queen's downfall.
Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Sunday 23 March
11am - 4pm
Tickets: £30 (Lunch not included)

Join Hilary Mantel and leading Tudor experts, including Diarmaid MacCulloch, David Loades and Nicola Shulman for a day of talks exploring the context of the novels and the influence of Cromwell in Henry VIII's court.

The day will include a keynote speech from Hilary Mantel and talks on the politics of Henry VIII's court, courtly literature and the influence of religion on Henry VIII's reign. The day will end with a discussion and Q+A session with all of the days speakers.

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David Loades is an Honorary Member of the University of Oxford, History Faculty, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Vice-President of the Navy Record Society and former President of the Ecclesiastical History Society. He is the author of over thirty books on the sixteenth century including The Reign of Mary Tudor, The Tudor Court, The Politics of Marriage: Henry VIII and his Queens, The Tudor Queens of England and Thomas Cromwell: Servant to Henry VIII.

Hilary Mantel has published 11 novels, and also Giving Up The Ghost, a memoir, and a short story collection Learning To Talk. Wolf Hall, set during the reign of Henry VIII, and told through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, was published in 2009 and won the Man Booker Prize and the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction. Its sequel Bring up the Bodies, won the 2012 Man Booker Prize and the Costa Novel Prize.

Diarmaid MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford. His books include Henry VIII: Politics, Policy, and Piety and Tudor Church Militant: Edward VI and the Protestant Reformation. MacCulloch wrote and presented a BBC documentary on The Rise and Fall of Thomas Cromwell and was the presenter on BBC4 and BBC2 of A History of Christianity - the first 3,000 years, which won the Radio Times Listeners' Award.

Mike Poulton credits for the RSC includes: Adaptor of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies. Morte d'Arthur, The Canterbury Tales Parts I and II, St Erkenwald. Other theatre includes: Fortune's Fool (Old Vic); Anjin – The Shogun and the English Samurai (Sadler's Wells), Uncle Vanya (The Print Room), Luise Miller (Donmar), The Syndicate, Uncle Vanya, Fortune's Fool, Wallenstein (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Cherry Orchard, Mary Stuart (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Don Carlos (Sheffield Crucible and West End: 6 Olivier Award nominations), The Lady from the Sea, Three Sisters (Birmingham Rep), The Father (Chichester Minerva Theatre), Uncle Vanya (Broadway), The Dance of Death, Ion (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Ghosts (Plymouth Theatre Royal), Fortune's Fool (Broadway: Tony nominated for Best Play, seven major awards including two Tonies), York Mystery Plays (York Minster).

Nicola Shulman is a literary critic for the Sunday Telegraph and the TLS. She is the author of two books; her latest being Graven With Diamonds: The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt, Courtier, Poet, Assassin, Spy.

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