Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies goes to London
Mantel double-bill heads for west end.
After much speculation we can now confirm the London transfer of our acclaimed productions of Hilary Mantel's novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Adapted by Mike Poulton and directed by Jeremy Herrin, both plays will transfer into the Aldwych Theatre following the run in Stratford-upon-Avon which ends this month. They will play in repertoire from Thursday 1 May for a strictly limited season until 6 September.
The adaptations were commissioned by Playful Productions who worked alongside us to bring the stories to the stage. They tell the compelling story of the political rise to power of Thomas Cromwell from blacksmith's boy to Henry VIII's right hand man. Since they opened at the end of 2013 they have received universal critical acclaim and the London productions will include many of the original company including Ben Miles as Cromwell, Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn, Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII, Paul Jesson as Cardinal Wolsey and Lucy Briers as Katherine of Aragon.
Talking about the transfer Gregory Doran, RSC Artistic Director and Catherine Mallyon, RSC Executive Director said,
'From first reading Hilary's incredible books we knew they would make gripping theatrical events, and that great creative skill and imagination would be required to make that possible. It is with huge pleasure we have seen them crafted by Mike Poulton and Hilary herself and directed by Jeremy Herrin to become the current 'must see' shows of our winter season.
'One of our most important roles is to nurture epic and ambitious work, to support it with superlative acting, attention to detail and excellent stagecraft. We are very proud of them and we hope both productions will have a very happy life in the West End.'
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