A plaque for Cromwell

Hilary Mantel unveiled a plaque in memory of Thomas Cromwell on the site of his birthplace in Putney last Friday.

The plaque was commissioned by the Putney Society and it is placed near to the site of 3 Brewhouse Lane in Putney which is where he is thought to have been born.

There is great controversy about the specific address of Thomas Cromwell's father's brewery but it is generally agreed that Brewhouse Lane is the right street. (You can find the exact location of the plaque - and of other significant locations in the life of Thomas Cromwell in the map below.)

It was a small but significant ceremony on 25 October attended by Hilary and some of the cast from our upcoming productions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies – including Ben Miles who plays Thomas in the plays.

Talking about the progress of our rehearsals in a report on BBC News on Friday Hilary said: “I don't think there's been anything in my writing life that has been so exciting and exhilarating as this project.”

You can find out more about what's happening in the rehearsal process from our Whispers From The Wings bloggers, Nick Day (who plays Norfolk) and Joey Batey (who plays Mark Smeaton).

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