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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, the highly anticipated final chapter of Hilary Mantel's WOLF HALL TRILOGY, 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.
Director Jeremy Herrin (This House, People, Places & Things, Labour of Love) and Designer Christopher Oram (Red, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Peter and Alice) reunite to take audiences racing through the blistering courts of Hilary Mantel’s Sunday Times best-seller.
Running time 2 Hours 30 Minutes (inc. Interval)
There’s no drama quite like royal drama. The stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s thrilling Tudor tale concludes with The Mirror and the Light, which premieres in the West End this autumn. Will Henry VIII’s brilliant advisor Thomas Cromwell, who clawed his way to the top, manage to maintain his position — or will his enemies tear him down? Find out by booking The Mirror and the Light tickets today.
This Royal Shakespeare Company production follows their theatrical version of the first two books in Mantel’s bestselling trilogy, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. The stage adaptation of the combined first two books opened at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2014, and subsequently had successful runs in the West End and on Broadway. Mantel’s series was also adapted for TV by the BBC in 2015, starring Academy Award winner Mark Rylance as Cromwell, Damian Lewis as Henry VIII, and The Crown’s Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn.
On stage, Ben Miles reprises the role of Thomas Cromwell, as does Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII. Jeremy Herrin, who helmed the previous RSC production, directs The Mirror and the Light’s West End run, and designer Christopher Oram is back to bring the Tudor court to life. Mantel’s account of the court’s rivalries, scheming and in-fighting is tailor-made for drama, and this third part, which sees Henry VIII hoping that Jane Seymour will provide his longed-for male heir, while Cromwell becomes more vulnerable, promises to be particularly exciting.
Don’t miss out on The Mirror and the Light play at the Gielgud Theatre; whether or not you read the book, this is a must-see production. Plan your trip and get booking — The Mirror and the Light tickets are now available.
2 Hours 30 Minutes (inc. Interval)
September 23rd, 2021
November 27th, 2021
The final part of the Wolf Hall trilogy brings Henry VIII's antics to the West End stage
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