Presented by the esteemed Royal Shakespeare Company both Wolf Hall and Bring up The Bodies transfer to the West End following a critically acclaimed run in Stratford Upon Avon.
Wolf Hall is the much celebrated first novel in what is set to be a trilogy of Tudor novels by Mantel. In Wolf Hall (a reference to the historic Wulfhall) we see King Henry VIII, at this point monarch for almost 20 years, desperate for a male heir. Dissatisfied with his current wife, Katherine of Aragon, the King makes history by filing for divorce, thus instigating the English Reformation.
Lusting after a young lady in the Queen’s entourage, Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII relies on a new courtier, Thomas Cromwell, to grant him his desire. On the other hand, Cromwell, a masterful politician, attempts to play his cards right in order to consolidate his growing position of power.
Wolf Hall precedes Bring up the Bodies, which continues the lusty tale of love, ambition and religion. The shows run in rep and casting remains consistent throughout both pieces. Veteran Actor Nathaniel Parker tackles the role of King Henry VIII, with Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell, Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn and Leah Brotherhead as Jane Seymour.
Both shows have been adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton and directed by Jeremy Herrin. The productions will run between May 1st and 6th September 2014. On Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout this period, it is possible to see both shows back to back.
Read our latest interview with Nathaniel Parker, who stars in Wolf Hall, here.