Bring Up the Bodies (stage version)
First Staged:
RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2013

Bring Up the Bodies (stage version)

By Hilary Mantel Adapted by Mike Poulton

Thomas Cromwell. Son of a blacksmith, political genius, briber, charmer, bully. A man with a deadly expertise in manipulating people and events.

Mike Poulton's two-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel's acclaimed novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies is a thrilling and utterly convincing portrait of a brilliant man embroiled in the lethal, high-stakes politics of the Court of Henry VIII.

In the second part, Bring Up the Bodies, the volatile Anne Boleyn is now Queen, her career seemingly entwined with that of Cromwell. But when the King begins to fall in love with plain Jane Seymour, the ever-pragmatic Cromwell must negotiate within an increasingly perilous Court to satisfy Henry, defend the nation and, above all, to secure his own rise in the world.

Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies were premiered to great acclaim by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2013, before transferring to the Aldwych Theatre in London's West End in May 2014.

Bring Up the Bodies is published alongside its companion play Wolf Hall in the volume Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies.

Also available: The Mirror and the Light (stage version).

Press Quotes

'Gripping yet darkly funny... a bold, unforgettable lesson in history and politics'

The Times

'An intelligent, fresh and dramatic retelling... a real gem of a script for audience and actors alike'

WhatsOnStage

'Superb... the mother of all costume dramas'

Daily Mail

Also by Hilary Mantel:

Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies (stage version)
The Mirror and the Light (stage version)
Wolf Hall (stage version)

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Also by Mike Poulton:

The York Mystery Plays
A Tale of Two Cities (stage version)
Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies (stage version)
Wolf Hall (stage version)
The Canterbury Tales (stage version)
Judgement Day
Imperium: The Cicero Plays
Morte d'Arthur (stage version)
Don Carlos
The Father
Wallenstein
Rosmersholm
Luise Miller

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