Wolf Hall (stage version)
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.
The first part, Wolf Hall, begins in England in 1527. Henry has been King for almost twenty years and is desperate for a male heir; but Cardinal Wolsey is unable to deliver the divorce he craves. Yet for a man with the right talents this crisis would be an opportunity. Thomas Cromwell is a commoner who has rised in Wolsey's household - and he will stop at nothing to secure the King's desires and advance his own ambitions.
Published in a volume with Bring Up the Bodies.
'a gripping piece of narrative theatre... this is history made manifest'Guardian
'Mike Poulton's script brings the intrigues and political machinations to the stage with clarity, wit and plenty of very welcome humour... an exemplary piece of work'WhatsOnStage
'enthralling... splendidly entertaining and at times deeply touching'Telegraph
Cast: 4-7f 15-24m (plus non-speaking extras)
Staging:minimal staging requirements
Amateur rights performance fee: £75 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)
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