The Royal Shakespeare Company presents these historical plays in the West End, giving audiences an insight into the world of Thomas Cromwell in the early 16th century. Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies will play in repertoire from May 2014 and with an impressive cast heading it up it is likely to be a much-talked-about production at the Aldwych Theatre.
Jeremy Herrin, well known for his recent productions of Hero at the Royal Court and This House at the National Theatre, directs the plays, adapted by Mike Poulton from the novels by Hilary Mantel.
In Wolf Hall we follow Thomas Cromwell’s journey in the years between 1500 and 1535 as he rises in the ranks in the court of Henry VIII, with the death of Sir Thomas More helping to speed up the process. Then, in Bring Up The Bodies, the story continues as we witness him maintain his status alongside Anne Boleyn – the two of them owing each other for their situation.
The acclaimed novels were published in 2009 and 2012 respectively and a third is planned for the future. For now, however, these two stage versions will be enough to bring audiences up to speed on the career of the famous 16th century lawyer.
The role of Cromwell is portrayed by Ben Miles, an actor best known for his work in the television series Coupling. His career has included various stage and screen roles, including the recent Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre (now the Harold Pinter Theatre), The Norman Conquests at the Old Vic Theatre and Richard II, also at the Old Vic. Meanwhile, his screen career has also included Lark Rise To Candleford, Mr Harvey Lights A Candle, The Promise, plus the current television series of Dracula.
The West End is no stranger to historical plays, though they usually come from the pen of William Shakespeare in the forms of Henry V (recently seen at the Noel Coward Theatre) and Richard III, among others. These RSC productions also appear in the capital at the same time as another from the prestigious company – Matilda The Musical.
Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies appear in repertoire at the Aldwych Theatre when Stephen Ward has ended its run at the venue. It opens on Saturday 17th May 2014 (with previews from Thursday 1st May 2014).
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