Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies (stage version)

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Paperback, 288 pages ISBN: 9780007590148Publication Date:
1 May 2014
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First Staged:
Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2013

Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies (stage version)

By Hilary Mantel Adapted by Mike Poulton

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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.

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 cannot deliver the divorce he craves. Yet for a man with the right talents this crisis could be an opportunity. Thomas Cromwell is a commoner who has risen in Wolsey's household - and he will stop at nothing to secure the King's desires and advance his own ambitions.

In 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 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.

Hilary Mantel’s novels are the most formidable literary achievements of recent times, both recipients of the Man Booker Prize. Adapted by Mike Poulton and directed by Jeremy Herrin, the plays 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.

This volume contains both plays and a substantial set of notes by Hilary Mantel on each of the principal characters, offering a unique insight into the plays and an invaluable resource to any theatre companies wishing to stage them.

‘The greatest modern English prose writer working today’ Sir Peter Stothard, Chairman of the Man Booker Prize, on Hilary Mantel

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'enthralling... splendidly entertaining and at times deeply touching'

Telegraph

'brings the intrigues and political machinations to the stage with clarity, wit and plenty of very welcome humour... a real gem of a script for audience and actors alike'

WhatsOnStage

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

The Times

'a triumph of clarity... riveting... [these] are plays, not merely staged novels'

The Stage

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

Daily Mail

'a gripping piece of narrative theatre... this is history made manifest'

Guardian

'brilliant... [full of] exhilarating stage-craft and masterly narrative compression'

Independent

'expertly adapted... the writing is accessible, combining wit and humanity... meaty, intelligent drama'

Evening Standard

Cast: check for each individual play

Staging:Minimal staging requirements

Amateur rights performance fee: £150 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Paperback, 288 pages ISBN: 9780007590148Publication Date:
1 May 2014
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
EPUB, 288 pages ISBN: 9780007590155Publication Date:
29 May 2014
£10.99 £7.14You save £3.85 (35%)

Also by Hilary Mantel:

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

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Also by Mike Poulton:

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

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