Due to incredible popularity the stage adaptations of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies are extending for four weeks
A four-week extension for the critically-acclaimed dramatisations
Hilary Mantel’s hugely successful books have been adapted for the stage in two parts by classic play director Mike Poulton. Following a critically-acclaimed run in Stratford-Upon-Avon where they premiered at the Swan Theatre, both plays transferred to the Aldwych Theatre in May this year. Due to overwhelming success both dramatisations have been extended at the Aldwych until October 4, 2014.
Having been described as being “masterly compressed into a bloodthirsty six-hour court soap opera”, the Playful Productions and Royal Shakespeare Company dramatisations have received fantastic reviews in Stratford and in the West End.
An absorbing story
Both Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies tell an enthralling tale of the political rise to power of Thomas Cromwell. The play follows Cromwell’s spectacular upsurge from a blacksmith’s boy to Henry VIII’s right hand man.
When it was announced the stage adaptation of Mantel’s incredible books were transferring from Stratford-Upon-Avon to the West End, Gregory Doran, Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director and Catherine Mallyon, Royal Shakespeare Company Executive Director, spoke of the play’s “superlative acting, attention to detail and excellent stagecraft.”
The talented cast responsible for convincingly making an ancient story contemporary, comprises of Ben Miles as Cromwell, Nathaniel Parker as King Henry VIII, Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn, Lucy Briers as Katherine of Aragon and Paul Jesson as Cardinal Wolsey.
Author Hilary Mantel’s work covers a diverse range of subjects, from personal memoirs to history fiction. Mantel has twice been awarded the Booker Prize. In 2009 Wolf Hall won the Man Booker, an accolade that was given to Bring Up the Bodies in 2012. Not only did the double award mean Hilary Mantel was the first woman to have received the prize twice but she was also the first person to win the award for two consecutive books of the same series. Bring Up the Bodies also won the Costa Novel Award, making history once more as the first time a book has won this award and the Man Booker.
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies will run at the Aldwych Theatre until Saturday 4 October 2014.