The Mirror and the Light Shines on West End

Staff Reporter (05 August, 2021)

The final novel in the Wolf Hall trilogy has been adapted for the stage

46766Ben Miles & Dame Hilary Mantel Photo: Jeff Overs

The final novel in the Wolf Hall trilogy has been adapted for the West End stage by Dame Hilary Mantel and Ben Miles. Jeremy Herrin, who was nominated for an Olivier Award, a Tony Award and won the Evening Standard Award for the first two productions, returns to direct. 

England, 1536. Anne Boleyn’s fate has been sealed by the executioner. Jane Seymour must deliver King Henry a healthy heir. And to the disgust of Henry’s nobles, Thomas Cromwell continues his ruthless ascent from the gutters of Putney to the highest rank beside his master. But Cromwell is vulnerable and his enemies are poised to strike.
The further you climb, the harder you fall.

Ben Miles as Cromwell Photo: Keith Pattison

The play is the concluding chapter of Mantel’s multi award-winning novels about the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, all commissioned and developed for the stage by Playful Productions. The acclaimed Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies were hailed as landmark and must-see theatrical events and sold out their London runs in 2014 after premiering at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. 
Mantel recently received the prestigious Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for The Mirror and the Light, which she also won for Wolf Hall in 2010. Wolf Hall won the Man Booker Prize in 2009, and Bring Up the Bodies won in 2012, making Mantel the first woman ever to have received the award twice. Bring Up the Bodies also won the Costa Novel Award, the first time the same novel has won both this and the Man Booker. 
The trilogy charts the riveting rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell in the ruthless court of Henry VIII.
Gielgud Theatre,Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6AR from 23rd September 2021 – 28th November 2021. Times: Tues – Sat 19.30; Wed, Sat and Sun matinees at 14.30. Admission: £17.50 – £127.50. Box Office: 0844 482 5151

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