The Mirror and the Light (stage version)

Cast: 9f 20m plus extras (original cast 7f 17m doubling)

Staging: Flexible staging (can be simply staged)

Amateur rights performance fee: £75 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Imprint: 4th Estate
Paperback, 176 pages ISBN: 9780008519506Publication Date:
28 Oct 2021
Size: 198mm x 129mm
First Staged:
Royal Shakespeare Company, West End, 2021

The Mirror and the Light (stage version)

By Hilary Mantel Adapted by Hilary Mantel and Ben Miles

Paperback

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England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn's fate has been sealed by a hired French executioner. It now befalls Jane Seymour to deliver King Henry VIII the healthy heir he craves. Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son from the gutters of Putney, has knocked down everyone in his path: established at the right hand of the king, he is now the second most powerful man in England. But what will you do, an astute witness asks, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him?

Hilary Mantel's twice Booker Prize-winning trilogy is the outstanding literary achievement of recent times. Following Olivier and Tony Award-winning productions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, hailed as a landmark and must-see theatrical event on both sides of the Atlantic, Mantel and Ben Miles have adapted the trilogy's exhilarating conclusion, The Mirror and the Light, for the stage. It opened in London's West End in September 2021, directed by Jeremy Herrin, co-produced by Playful Productions and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and with Miles returning to the role of Cromwell.

This volume contains the text of the play and an introduction by Hilary Mantel on each of the principal characters and their fates, offering a unique new insight into her trilogy and an invaluable resource to any theatre companies wishing to stage the play.

Also available: Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies (stage version).


Praise for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies on stage:

'A gripping piece of narrative theatre… history made manifest' Guardian

'Enthralling… splendidly entertaining and at times deeply touching' Daily Telegraph

'Gripping yet darkly funny… a bold, unforgettable lesson in history and politics' The Times

'An impressive feat, a compelling drama played out across the canvas of a nation soaked in rain and mud and blood… accessible and consistently engrossing' Hollywood Reporter

'A fast-paced political thriller... fiendishly engaging' Time Out New York

'Do not talk about severed heads at a wedding.'

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'A fast, often very funny political thriller... a masterful two-and-a-half-hours of thrilling political theatre'

Time Out

'Completing a magnificent theatrical hat-trick, actor Ben Miles and director Jeremy Herrin bring Hilary Mantel's third and final novel about Henry VIII's fixer Thomas Cromwell triumphantly to the stage... urgent and propulsive'

Evening Standard

'A superior historical drama'

Whatsonstage

'A triumph... the script combines fleet exposition with nimble wit... Seamlessly captures high-level intrigue'

Telegraph

Cast: 9f 20m plus extras (original cast 7f 17m doubling)

Staging:Flexible staging (can be simply staged)

Amateur rights performance fee: £75 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Imprint: 4th Estate
Paperback, 176 pages ISBN: 9780008519506Publication Date:
28 Oct 2021
Size: 198mm x 129mm

Also by Hilary Mantel:

Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies (stage version)
Wolf Hall (stage version)
Bring Up the Bodies (stage version)

Go to author page...

Also by Hilary Mantel:

Wolf Hall (stage version)
Bring Up the Bodies (stage version)
Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies (stage version)

Go to author page...

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