The Royal Shakespeare Company brings some stand out shows to the West End in 2014 with Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies showing in repertoire at the Aldwych Theatre. The historical plays, set during the time of Henry VIII, have already been successful at the RSC’s Swan Theatre and the original novels on which they are based have been widely acclaimed.
So this is a West End production that is likely to attract a lot of attention and this is solidified with its impressive cast and creative team. Jeremy Herrin directs from Mike Poulton’s scripts, adapted from the novels by Hilary Mantel, and the cast includes Ben Miles, Nathanial Parker, Lucy Briers, Paul Jesson and Lydia Leonard.
Wolf Hall is the first of a planned trilogy of novels by Mantel that focuses on the rise of Thomas Cromwell (Miles) in the court of Henry VIII (Parker). The play follows this same course as we witness his quick ascent following the death of Sir Thomas More.
The 2009 novel was followed by 2012’s Bring Up The Bodies, a sequel that continues where Wolf Hall ended, this time showing Cromwell maintain his power and also showing his relationship with Anne Boleyn – the two of them owing one another for their high profile situations.
Both Ben Miles and Nathanial Parker are well known for their stage and screen work, with the former previously appearing in the television series Coupling at the play The Norman Conquests at the Old Vic Theatre. Nathanial Parker, meanwhile, is best known for playing the title role in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, as well as movies like The Bodyguard and The Chronicles Of Narnia: Dawn Treader. For the stage he has appeared in The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre (as Gordon Brown) and Shakespearean works like The Winter’s Tale.
Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, meanwhile, replace Stephen Ward at the Aldwych Theatre and are set to open on Saturday 17th May 2014 (with previews beginning on Thursday 1st May 2014).
|Booking From:||Saturday, 4th October 2014|
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