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