Wolf Hall is a dramatisation of the first of Hilary Mantel's prize-winning novels about the rise of Thomas Cromwell through the ranks of British poiltics to the right hand of King Henry VIII, and have been hailed as a landmark in British culture.
Mike Poulton's thrilling stage adaptations, directed by Jeremy Herrin and enthusiastically supported by Mantel herself, opened to rave reviews in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Now these 'rich and riveting' (Mail on Sunday) plays of power, passion and politics in Henry's court transfer to the Aldwych Theatre for a strictly limited London season.
WOLF HALL is the first part of Mantel's Cromwell series (she's presently working on the third) and its events directly precede those of BRING UP THE BODIES.
The WOLF HALL story begins in England in 1527. Henry VIII has been King for almost 20 years and is desperate for a male heir. Intent on divorce, he demands that Cardinal Wolsey persuade the Pope to grant him an annulment. With every month that passes without progress the King's anger grows.
Into this volatile court enters the commoner Thomas Cromwell. A one-time mercenary, master politician, lawyer and doting father, he sets out to grant the King his desire while methodically and ruthlessly pursuing his own reforming agenda.
Cast: Ben Miles plays Thomas Cromwell. His theatre work includes Hand in Hand to the Promised Land at the Hampstead Theatre; The Cherry Orchard, The London Cuckolds, Fuente Ovejuna, Mary Stuart, Macbeth and Trelawny of the Wells at the National Theatre; The Tower at the Almeida; The Miser at the Chichester; Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Have and Ispanka at the RSC; The Winters Tale at the Young Vic; The Tempest at the Phoebus Cart; A Woman of No Importance at the Cambridge Theatre Co; Scars at the Lyric Hammersmith, Studio and Chiefly Yourselves at the National Youth Theatre.
Lucy Briers, previously seen in BBC1's Pride and Prejudice and Ashes to Ashes, plays Katherine of Aragon.
Paul Jesson plays Cardinal Wolsey and Nathaniel Parker takes on the imposing character of Henry VIII.
Mike Poulton's previous acclaimed adaptations include Schiller's Don Carlos at Sheffield Theatres and in the West End, and Luise Miller at the Donmar Warehouse, both directed by Michael Grandage.
Jeremy Herrin's previous productions include This House at the National Theatre, David Hare's South Downs at Chichester and in the West End, and The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare's Globe.
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Please note that latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance, which will be approximately 25 minutes after commencement of the performance.
For BRING UP THE BODIES tickets - the second part of Mantel's Cromwell series, please click here to book.