Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy about the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell has been wildly acclaimed and is adored by many, although not all. But even those who have found the novels a bit of a slog were entranced by the stage versions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies that premiered at the RSC in 2014 before transferring to the West End. This concluding part sees Ben Miles returning to the role of Cromwell, and Nathaniel Parker playing Henry V111. Jeremy Herrin, whose production of The Glass Menagerie with Amy Adams hits the West End next May, returns to direct the concluding instalment of the life of a man who rose to the heights of power in Tudor England but lost his head.
The Olivier and Tony Award-winning Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies were hailed as landmark and must-see theatrical events. Now Playful Productions and the RSC bring The Mirror and the Light to the West End this September. Hilary Mantel and Ben Miles join forces to adapt the exhilarating and fast-paced conclusion of this thrilling story for the London stage, with Ben Miles reprising his “astonishing performance” (Daily Telegraph) as the legendary Thomas Cromwell. If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it? England, 1536. Anne Boleyn’s fate has been sealed by the executioner. Jane Seymour must deliver King Henry a healthy heir. And to the disgust of Henry’s nobles, Thomas Cromwell continues his ruthless ascent from the gutters of Putney to the highest rank beside his master. But with the threat of invasion and the King’s legacy tottering, Cromwell is vulnerable and his enemies are poised to strike. The further you climb, the harder you fall.