Mirror and the Light
Mirror and the Light

Mirror and the Light

The final part of the Wolf Hall trilogy brings Henry VIII's antics to the West End stage
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About Mirror and the Light

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)

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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.

What to Watch For

  • Hilary Mantel twice won the Man Booker Prize for her trilogy (for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies) — the first author to win with consecutive novels — and she was longlisted for The Mirror and the Light. Mantel was also made a Dame in 2014 for services to literature.
  • Although the story is rooted in the past, actor Ben Miles, who plays Cromwell, thinks he is hugely sympathetic as “the original working-class hero”: he’s a self-made man who transcends his humble origins as a blacksmith’s son and makes it all the way to the top. Miles is co-adapting this concluding production with Mantel.
  • Jeremy Herrin, who is the artistic director of Headlong Theatre, has helmed several landmark plays in recent years, including Duncan Macmillan’s People, Places and Things, Jennifer Haley’s The Nether, James Graham’s This House and Labour of Love, and Tony Kushner’s The Visit.
  • Composer Stephen Warbeck has had a fascinatingly varied career. He composed the scores for movies Shakespeare in Love (which won him an Oscar), Billy Elliot, and Mrs Brown, has put music to numerous National Theatre and West End productions, and was Bafta nominated for TV crime drama Prime Suspect, starring Dame Helen Mirren. He recently directed his first feature film, The Man in the Hat.
  • The Olivier and Tony Award-winning designer Christopher Oram has spoken about the challenges of dressing a show on this scale. The Wolf Hall production required around 300 costume pieces, with eight just for Henry VIII, with four layers each. Cromwell alone escapes these numerous costume changes, since he doesn’t leave the stage.
Run time

2 Hours 30 Minutes (inc. Interval)

Start date

September 23rd, 2021

End date

November 28th, 2021




Gielgud Theatre


The final part of the Wolf Hall trilogy brings Henry VIII's antics to the West End stage


Tickets are not currently available. Set an alert and we'll tell you when more tickets go on sale.

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